Hurricanes linebacker Rohan Marley will miss the rest of the season with a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
Marley, a junior, injured the knee in the first half.
"What makes me sad is that Rohan was finally recovered from his broken foot and was back to playing the type of football that the fans and the coaches are accustomed to," Miami defensive coordinator Greg McMakin said. "He's been flying around the field, making big plays and playing with the emotion that shows how much he loves to play the game."
Sophomore James Burgess, who shared the weak-side linebacker spot with Marley, will take over the position.
Miami goal line: Do not cross
The UM defense has held five of its seven opponents out of the end zone. Only Florida State and Washington scored touchdowns on offense.
The Hokies' minus-14 yards rushing was the fourth game in which UM's opponent finished with fewer than 50 yards on the ground
"We made a statement: If we're not the best defense in the country, we're certainly the best in the Big East," defensive tackle Warren Sapp said.
The game was delayed 15 minutes early in the third quarter when Virginia Tech defensive tackle Jeff Holland injured his back. He left on a stretcher; X-rays indicated only a strain. The Hurricanes have won all 12 meetings between the two schools. Miami punter Mike Crissy re-aggravated a right groin muscle pull on his first punt attempt and will miss one to two games.
Tech receiver Antonio Freeman caught five passes, raising his career total to 113 and tying him with Ricky Scales for the school record. Dane Prewitt kicked a 33-yard field goal in the first half, stretching his streak of consecutive field goals to eight.
_ RANDY CREMER