Hokies fall to Miami, 38-26, in first game of post-Fuente era

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Virginia Tech interim head coach J.C. Price watches during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Miami, Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI GARDENS, FL (WFXR/AP) — Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke threw for 357 yards and three touchdowns as the Hurricanes defeated Virginia Tech, 38-26, on Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium.

The Hokies, playing in their first game since the departure of head coach Justin Fuente, got within five of Miami when Connor Blumrick found Da’Wain Lofton late in the third quarter. It was Blumrick’s second touchdown throw of the night. Quarterback Braxton Burmeister added another touchdown and 109 yards as the two QBs combined for 148 yards.

Van Dyke’s 55-yard pass to Mike Harley in the fourth quarter gave Miami the cushion it needed to come away with the victory as the Hurricanes improve to 6-5 overall, 4-3 in ACC play. The win ensured Miami (6-5, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) will be bowl-eligible. It also ended a six-game run of the Hurricanes playing games decided by no more than four points.

J.C. Price made his head coaching debut for Virginia Tech, serving as its interim coach after the school announced it had parted ways with Fuente on Tuesday. The Hokies fall to 5-6 overall, 3-4 in conference play.

Virginia Tech concludes the regular season next Saturday at Virginia in a game that is set to kick off at 3:45 p.m. at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville. The Hokies can clinch bowl eligibility with a win over its rival.

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