Jarren Williams threw three interceptions on seven passes in the first quarter through Miami’s first three drives. After the final one, coach Manny Diaz switched to backup N’Kosi Perry, as he felt the team needed a spark. Diaz reiterated postgame that Williams was healthy enough to return to the game. Perry also threw an interception of his own.
Five turnovers from Miami, including four in their first four drives. In what seemed to be an insurmountable deficit faced by Miami when down 28-0, turnovers were one of the key factors holding them back from officially completing the comeback.
RB1 (Deejay Dallas) and RB2 (Cam Harris) combined for eight carries in this game. Miami’s gameplay to rely on the pass more than 65% of the time versus running the ball was a little mind-boggling considering Virginia Tech’s dismal run defense so far this season.
If you were to leave out the 62-yard touchdown run by Dallas that tied the game, that’s how many rushing yards Miami had on the night. A few jet sweeps and end arounds to receivers Mike Harley and Jeff Thomas also contributed to that total. Miami failed to reach 100 rushing yards against a defense that has allowed no less than 157 in any game this season.
136 receiving yards and a touchdown for Miami’s star tight end Brevin Jordan against the Hokies, which brings his season total to 359. Through five games this season, he has already surpassed last season’s total of 287, which netted him 2nd team All-ACC honors.
Virginia Tech QB Hendon Hooker had 76 yards not through the air, but on the ground and caused all sorts of problems for the Miami defense in the first quarter.
Once again, Miami continued to shoot itself in the foot with badly timed penalties, accumulating 11 this past weekend. Coach Diaz iterated that penalties were going to be addressed following the Central Michigan game, only for the team to make the same mistakes that may have ultimately let to this loss. This is the second straight week in which Miami has committed double-digit penalties.
In three quarters of work, N'Kosi Perry threw for 424 yards, completing 28 of 47 passes for 4 touchdown in the pass-heavy game plan by offensive coordinator Dan Enos.
With the 42-35 loss to Virginia Tech, Miami has lost their three games this season by a combined total of 14 points. Indeed, there are many "issues" that loom like offensive line play, play calling, and especially penalties, but if they were to correct even one of those areas, a victory is certainly not out of reach for this team.