Hurricanes upset No. 20 Virginia, 17-9

Jose Verdugo
Octubre 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.

"What changed today is that the team that made the plays in the fourth quarter was the Miami Hurricanes", Diaz said. They ended up settling for a field goal. The loss avenged a 16-13 loss in Charlottesville last season.

The game was not over after Perry's endzone scamper, though. With 2 and a half minutes remaining, UVA's final drive stalled near their own 50-yard line, as UVA quarterback Bryce Perkins' heave into the endzone from his own 46 fell short and, immediately afterwards, the Hurricanes were dancing for their first ACC win of the year. Dallas finished the game with 63 rushing yards on 13 carries.

The Hurricanes were rolling early... until they weren't. The Hurricanes' next six drives went almost nowhere - 33 yards on 23 plays, all six possessions ending in punts.

With the attack unit sputtering, it was the defense that continually rose up and kept Miami's head above water.

"We talked about being persistent", Diaz said.

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.

Rousseau had seven tackles, two TFLs and one sack in his first collegiate start.

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"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".

"I saw a hole after my first read wasn't there and took advantage of it", Perry said on the touchdown. "That was our best defensive game by far".

The offense wouldn't let the defense's play go to waste in vain, though.

To cap it all off, even K Turner Davidson got in on the action. In his first career game, Davidson converted all three of his kicks (2 XP's, 19-yard FG), putting to bed UM's kicking game concerns at least for one night.

"I think the neatest thing about our team is that we just don't panic", Diaz said. "We've got to score in the red zone". The Miami offense had 40 yards outside of the fourth quarter and the opening drive of the game.

No, it wasn't ideal, but Diaz and his Hurricanes will certainly take this win and hope it springboards the team to bigger and better things in the future.

At 3-3 and 1-2 in the ACC, the Hurricanes will get an extra day off before returning to the field against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at home next Saturday. Miami was last in the country in sacks allowed coming into the contest.

And Miami finally got moving in the fourth, getting 147 of its 265 total yards on its final two drives - turning them into a field goal and Perry's straight-ahead 3-yard keeper for a score.

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