The only dance partners doing the Hokie-pokey with the Miami Hurricanes late Saturday night were probably officials from the Bowl Championship...
BLACKSBURG, Va. — The only dance partners doing the Hokie-pokey with the Miami Hurricanes late Saturday night were probably officials from the Bowl Championship Series.
The BCS no longer has to worry about Virginia Tech going undefeated, getting snubbed from the national-championship game and complaining until spring practice.
Miami’s victory over the Hokies, 27-7, started to clear the way for a Rose Bowl devoid of controversy. Should Texas and USC finish the season undefeated, they will most likely play each other in Pasadena, Calif., for the title, and it will be difficult to debate.
Virginia Tech (8-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) cannot be considered a contender for much more than the Gator Bowl. The Hokies suffered their worst loss at Lane Stadium since 1992, and their starting quarterback, Marcus Vick, committed six turnovers. Virginia Tech, which had been thinking about a national-championship game, may now be left out of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. Miami (7-1, 4-1), which had lost four of its last five appearances in Blacksburg, put an authoritative end to the slump.
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“I didn’t really expect it to be like this,” Miami quarterback Kyle Wright said.
With UCLA also losing Saturday, the only undefeated teams are Texas, USC and Alabama. Because Alabama still has to play Louisiana State, Auburn and an opponent in the Southeastern Conference championship game, the Crimson Tide’s road to Pasadena is filled with potholes.
Peeved that Virginia Tech spent part of the week talking about Texas and USC, Miami tried to ensure that the Hokies would not face either of them. Miami, which has not lost since the first game of the season, at Florida State, will now probably be considered the best one-loss team in the country.
“We had a little edge,” coach Larry Coker said. “We took it a little personal.”
The Hurricanes, with the nation’s No. 1 total defense and the No. 1 pass defense, upstaged the Hokies, who boasted the nation’s No. 2 total defense and the No. 2 pass defense.
“They knew we were a fast team,” Miami defensive tackle Kareem Brown said. “But I think it was a shock for them because they haven’t played this kind of speed this year.”
The Virginia Tech offensive line and quarterback were overwhelmed. Vick completed 8 of 22 passes for 90 yards. He lost four fumbles, one of which went for a touchdown and another that set up a field goal. He threw two interceptions, one leading to a touchdown.
Coming into the game, Vick was among the best comeback stories in college football. Now, he will be regarded as a major reason the Hokies are missing out on another chance at a national title.
“I don’t feel like I was forcing things,” Vick said. “Sometimes I had to get rid of the ball and hope my receivers made a play. Unfortunately, they didn’t.”