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G9: VIRGINIA TECH @ HURRICANES: [Click on Big Milepost On The Road To 'Back' for my column from last night's UM game]. Final: Big home win puts Miami in command to reach ACC title game. ..... 4Q: Miami up 30-12 and sealing it with 37-yard FG with three minutes left. ... UM with a now-safe 27-12 lead on Duke Johnson's 7-yard run set up by Phillip Dorsett's 20-yard halfback pass to QB Morris. ..... 3Q: Hokies miss 47-yard FG try. ... Luther Robinson fumble recovery for Miami inside Canes 5 saves team from potential tying score by Tech. Notably, Robinson was the player whose dad went on local radio to complain about his kid not playing enough. ..... 2Q: up 20-12 at halftime after 20-yard Va-Tech FG on last play of half. ... Miami now ahead 20-9 on 31-yard Wieclaw FG ... UM up 17-9 on 22-yard Jake Wieclaw FG set up by 65-yard run from Duke Johnson. ... Canes up 14-9 after 73-yard scoring run by Hokies QB Logan Thomas followed by missed kick. ..... 1Q: UM up 14-3 after Morris 19-yard TD pass to Mike James set up by 81-yard kickoff return by Duke Johnson. ... UM lead now 7-3 after 22-yard Hokies FG. ... UM 7-0 on Stephen Morris to Allen Hurns 16-yard pass after blocked punt by Eddie Johnson. ..... Original post: I'll be down in prestigious Miami Gardens tonight columnizing off this, and, as a glass-half-full guy, I must say this is about as big and exciting as a game between two 4-4 teams can get. I'm serious. Va-Tech probably is UM's biggest ACC rival after Florida State, and the Canes improbably still steer their own destiny in terms of reaching the conference championship game. I say improbably because UM has lost three in a row, and slumping .500 teams don't generally enter November thinking any sort of championship game. I feel like Tech might be a slightly better team, although it too has stumbled after a 3-1 start. I also am not sure if the Canes enjoy any home-field boost to speak of. But I just have a feeling that Al Golden will have his guys fired up for a national prime-time stage. College football tips on emotion far more than the Sunday game, and this is a night where that comes into play. My pick was: Miami, 27-24.
Other Week 10 featured state FBS games (all Saturday):
No. 7 Florida 14, Missouri 7: UF dreams took a gut-punch in that Cocktail Party loss to Georgia, now the Gator boys were back in The Swamp to take out a little frustration. They barely did in a result that won't impress any poll voters outside of those from Missouri. My pick was: Florida 45-14.
FIU 28, South Alabama 20: Was this to be the day? Could it really happen? Might The Int'l finally claim that elusive second victory to slightly lift the face of a frowning season? I had little faith in the Mario Brothers but they sowed me something. My pick was: South Alabama, 24-20.
Navy 24, FAU 17: Spinning it positively, I did give the Owls a better chnace to win than if the city of Boca Raton was sending its best fleet up against the U.S. Navy. My pick was: Navy, 31-16.
Florida State has a bye.
My record: This week, 3-1. Season, 34-11.
Other state FBS games: South Florida d. Connecticut, 13-6; and UCF d. Southern Methodist, 42-17.
National Game of Week: No. 1-Alabama d. No. 5-LSU, 21-17.
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