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Hokies run past UM to clinch division

Ryan Williams leads Virginia Tech with 142 yards, including an 84-yard scoring run in the fourth.

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Ryan Williams leads Virginia Tech with 142 yards, including an 84-yard scoring run in the fourth.

MIAMI — Virginia Tech has been dominant since its one bad week this season.

Its reward is another shot at an Atlantic Coast Conference championship.

Ryan Williams ran for 142 yards and two touchdowns, including a career-long 84-yarder with 13:24 left, as the No. 14 Hokies beat No. 24 Miami 31-17 on Saturday to clinch the Coastal Division title. Virginia Tech won its ninth straight, its longest streak since 1999, and will get an opportunity to play its way into the Orange Bowl in Miami's home stadium Jan. 3.

"We've been hearing about this all week," Williams said. "To clinch the division … I mean, it feels great. Words can't describe it."

Tyrod Taylor's 18-yard keeper with 6:25 left sealed it for Virginia Tech, which beat Miami for the 11th time in 16 meetings.

Danny Coale added four catches for 83 yards and a touchdown for the Hokies, who gave up 464 yards but intercepted freshman quarterback Stephen Morris three times in the final nine minutes.

Lamar Miller rushed for a career-best 163 yards and a touchdown for Miami, which has not won the ACC since joining in 2004. The Hurricanes had six turnovers, their most since Nov. 13, 1999, also against the Hokies.

"We had opportunities and couldn't capitalize," Miami coach Randy Shannon said. "So that's the nut of it. And that's the way the game went. The guys played hard. They were into it. But like anything, you can't turn the ball over against Virginia Tech."

The Hokies opened the season with a loss on Labor Day to Boise State then got stunned five days later by James Madison at home in a game that seemed to suggest the Hokies weren't going to be factors in the ACC.

Not quite.

Next week against Virginia, the Hokies can become the first team to go unbeaten in the ACC since Florida State in 2000.

"You come back from two, I say devastating, losses within a week … I don't think you come back from that unless you have really good people on your football team and really good people leading your football team," Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said. "I think that's very obvious and very evident. They've hung in there and kept battling and somehow we found a way to win together."

Williams ran for 150 yards and two scores last season when Virginia Tech dismantled the Hurricanes 31-7 in Blacksburg but was kept relatively in check until the fourth quarter Saturday. Then on his first touch of the quarter, Williams went up the middle for 84 yards to give the Hokies the lead for good.

No. 14 Va. Tech 31

No. 24 Miami 17

Hokies run past UM to clinch division 11/20/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 20, 2010 9:10pm]
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