Miami football defeats Virginia 17-9 behind elite red zone defense

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 12, 2019

That's because the former Bishop McDevitt and current Virginia standout cornerback went down with a lower leg injury in his team's 17-9 loss to Miami and had to be carted off.

"There's a lot of pride in the guys that play on that defense", coach Manny Diaz said. "The execution is going to get better but as long as the intangibles are there, as long as the fight and the attitude of never giving up and all that type of stuff, you can win with that and that's what we did tonight".

Virginia had a 318-265 advantage in total yards. Perry finished the game with 182 passing yards, completing 16 of 27 passing with two touchdowns.

Miami Hurricanes linebacker Shaquille Quarterman (55) tackles Virginia Cavaliers quarterback Bryce Perkins (3) in the second quarter as the University of Miami host the Virginia Cavaliers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on Friday, October 11, 2019.

DeeJay Dallas (13) is tackled by a Virginia defender. The Hurricanes took the lead on an N'Kosi Perry to DeeJay Dallas 17 yard touchdown via a screen pass.

"I came in a little nervous, but when you get on the field, you're thinking about the next play, so it all went away".

Miami used its backup quarterback and a kicker who had not seen game action since high school three years ago.

Virginia has managed only 12 points - all off field goals - in its last six quarters.

On the next drive, Miami scored their second touchdown of the game on a three-yard rush from Perry. That would be the final touchdown of the game and ultimately seal the win for Miami. The biggest was in the fourth quarter. "When I do my assignment, good things come to me", Rousseau said of his first start. The Hurricanes entered Friday night's game with one of the worst red-zone defenses in the country.

The way the defense played for the Miami football team on Friday night was the difference in the game. The Miami defense made big plays throughout the night. Only needing 1 yard to get the first down, the Cavaliers tried to run the ball between the tackles on third and fourth downs.

The victory by the Miami football team broke a four-game losing streak against Power Five teams that went back to the Hurricanes 35-3 loss to Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl.

"Defensively, the toughness of your defense is defined by how you play in the red zone", Diaz said. "I was very, very proud of the way that they responded".

In the third quarter, Trajan Bandy recovered a fumble forced by Johnathon Ford and brought out the turnover chain for the first time in two weeks.

In the much needed ACC win, Miami remains in contention for the ACC Coastal championship. Next week, Miami is set to face Georgia Tech on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium.

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