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UM no fan of Blacksburg

Blacksburg is cold, it's hostile, and to the Hurricanes, who had lost three of their past four on the Hokies' home turf heading into Saturday night's game, it's a dangerous place to play.

Miami's coaches and players admit Lane Stadium is one of the most intimidating places in the Big East.

"I hate Blacksburg. The fans are Hokies, so they've got that turkey caller and they are sitting 2 feet behind the bench going nuts," right guard Chris Myers said. "It's just annoying. Even when you're up by however many points they are still going to be annoying as hell."

The No. 2 Hurricanes (7-0, 3-0) had won 38 consecutive regular-season games, 18 straight on the road. Their Big East winning streak stood at 27.

Miami's last conference loss? Virginia Tech in 1999, a 43-10 rout in Blacksburg.

"It's one of the tougher places to play. It's a college atmosphere with a large stadium, and they're loud," Miami coach Larry Coker said.

A win over Miami would put Virginia Tech (6-1, 3-1) back into the postseason mix, but the Hokies had not defeated a Top 10 opponent since Texas in the 1995 Sugar Bowl.

Miami's Kevin Everett drops a pass in the end zone. For results, go to www.sptimes.com.

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