Miami Sports Day

ACC: Kaaya, Walton Guide Hurricanes Past Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. — Miami snagged its sixth win to become bowl eligible in a 34-14 win over Virginia on Saturday afternoon at Scott Stadium.

Miami outgained Virginia 450-289 in total yards, including 244-170 in total yards during the first half.  The game was tied 7-7 in the first quarter. The Hurricanes have outscored their opponents 72-44 in the first quarter this season.

The Hurricanes held the Cavaliers to 289 total yards en route to the 20-point win.  After Virginia (2-8, 1-5) scored the game’s first touchdown via a 2-yard run from running back Taquan Mizzell,

Miami responded with 17 straight points to grab a 10-point advantage.

Miami (6-4, 3-3) took a 17-14 lead into the halftime break and never looked back from there as the Cavaliers failed to score in the game’s final 30 minutes.

Quarterback Brad Kaaya threw for 228 yards and two touchdowns and hooked up with wide receiver Ahmmon Richards three times for 100 yards.

Richards led the Canes with three catches for 100 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown. Richards reached 100 yards receiving for the second straight game and third time this season. Richards now has 12 receptions of 20 or more yards during the 2016 season.

Running back Mark Walton led the Hurricanes with 111 yards rushing and touchdown on 16 carries, surpassing 100 yards rushing for the fifth time this season.  Junior running back Joe Yearby rushed for his seventh TD of the season. He had 53 yards on nine carries.

Virginia continued its struggles under first-year head coach Bronco Mendenhall as the Cavaliers turned the ball over four times on the day. Mizzell was the lone bright spot as he recorded over 100 total yards and became the first player in ACC history to tally 1,500 rushing and 1,500 receiving yards in a career.

Hurricanes’ freshman Joe Jackson forced his first career fumble while Corn Elder tallied his first career forced fumble in the third quarter.  Jackson, Elder, junior Trent Harris and sophomore Darrion Owens each recovered a fumble. Senior Jamal Carter Sr. led the Hurricanes with nine tackles, five solo.

Miami  will travel to N.C. State next week to take on the Wolfpack while Virginia will head south to play Georgia Tech.

GAME NOTES: The Hurricanes did not allow a sack in the first half. The Hurricanes forced four turnovers in the second half and finished the game with five saves and nine tackles for loss….Miami moved to 18-1 since 2011 when forcing three-or-more turnovers….the Hurricanes’ Miami’s 222 rushing yards are a season-high in ACC play

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