Virginia Tech lost more than a game on this trip to Miami.
The Hokies' streak of 10-win seasons is now certain to end at eight. Another trip to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game looks doubtful. And at this point, the Hokies will have to scramble just to salvage a winning record.
Miami beat Virginia Tech 30-12 on Thursday night, a pair of special-teams miscues by the Hokies setting up two early touchdown passes by Stephen Morris. The Hokies outgained Miami, had more first downs, dominated time of possession, and still got handed their fourth double-digit loss of the season.
''It's a weird feeling,'' Hokies linebacker Jack Tyler said. ''Things are not going our way.''
That's most assuredly the case.
The Hurricanes were outgained 421-347, went 1 for 12 on third down, and managed exactly 3 yards on 12 plays in the third quarter. And in the end, somehow, none of that mattered, and Miami moved to the top of the ACC's Coastal Division.
''It's critical,'' said Al Golden,...