BLACKSBURG, Va. — Jerod Evans threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third and Virginia Tech beat Miami 37-16 on Thursday night, sending the Hurricanes to a third straight loss.
Evans hit Bucky Hodges with scoring throws of 7 and 12 yards, and Travon McMillian ran for 131 yards as the Hokies (5-2, 3-1 ACC) kept pace with Coastal Division-leading North Carolina in the chase for a spot in the ACC title game.
Brad Kaaya threw for 323 yards and two touchdowns for the Hurricanes (4-3, 1-3), but he also was sacked eight times.
The Hokies limited Miami to 42 rushing yards on 29 carries thanks to the sacks, which cost Kaaya 55 yards.
Woody Baron had three sacks for Virginia Tech, and fullback Sam Rogers threw his first career touchdown pass in the third quarter.
The Hurricanes have never won the Coastal Division since joining the ACC in 2004 and won't win it this year. Their defense was supposed to be a question entering the game, and they were without three starters and had four freshmen starting, but their inability to generate a running game put all the pressure on Kaaya.
For Virginia Tech, Evans was virtually mistake-free again, and a plethora of weapons in the pass game seems to be opening up the running game as well. Evans added 98 rushing yards, including a 34-yard score, as the Hokies piled up 253 yards on the ground.
Miami visits Notre Dame on Oct. 29. The Fighting Irish, who are off this weekend, have lost four of their last five.
Virginia Tech next plays a second consecutive Thursday night game when it visits Pittsburgh, which is off this weekend.
Iowa: The Iowa Board of Regents approved the design and financing plan for a $90 million stadium renovation.
SAN DIEGO STATE: Donnel Pumphrey can continue to climb the NCAA career rushing chart when the Aztecs host San Jose tonight. Pumphrey's 5,383 yards are eighth on the all-time chart. He needs 1,015 yards to surpass Ron Dayne's record of 6,397 yards. Pumphrey, averaging 185.17 yards a game, needs 158 yards to pass Cedric Benson of Texas (5,540) and 214 yards to pass Travis Prentice of Miami of Ohio (5,596).
BASKETBALL: Colorado State extended coach Larry Eustachy's contract through the 2020-21 season, adding a year. Eustachy, 60, is 87-48 with the Rams.