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Virginia Tech vs. Miami (FL): Hokies slump to 30-12 defeat

Virginia Tech drops below .500 with a loss to Miami Thursday night.

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Virginia Tech and Navy projected for bowls

Virginia Tech and Navy have been projected as bowl eligible.

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Hokies 'failed in every area imaginable' vs. Miami

The Virginia Tech Hokies couldn't overcome mistakes on Thursday night, falling to the Miami Hurricanes, 30-12, in a loss that puts their shot at a bowl game in serious jeopardy. This is an "unprecedented occurrence," according to the post-game analysis over at SB Nation's Gobbler Country.

"The Hokies had a bye week to prepare for this young Miami team, yet failed in every area imaginable," Chris Hatcher wrote in Gobbler Country's recap. "The play-calling offensively was markedly improved, but still not up to par. The execution was poor. The tackling was horrendous.

"No outsider would have guessed based on what they saw Thursday night that the Hokies were fresh and coming off a bye week, simply because, they played bad fundamental football and lacked effort."

The defeat also drops Virginia Tech to 4-5 overall (2-3 in the ACC) with three games left on the schedule, meaning the team needs to win two of its last three to become bowl eligible.

"What steps will be taken by the players and staff from here on out is not clear. But what is clear is that the fan base has reached a level of frustration and trepidation with the staff/team that is not going away quietly," Hatcher writes. "No longer can Beamer and his assistants hide behind a wall, claim that those fans/opinions are the minority, close ranks and save face. Despite all the criticism the Tech coaching staff/players have endured in years past, they have put together an incredibly successful football program that always found a way to answer those doubters by winning 10-games.

"But that is no more and the clock has stopped."

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Hokies rolled in Miami, fall below .500

Virginia Tech lost for the fifth time in their past seven games, falling on Thursday night in Miami.

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Hurricanes on top of Hokies, 20-12, after third

Defenses clamped down in the third quarter and, with a couple of miscues from Virginia Tech, Miami still leads 20-12 going into the fourth quarter.

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Hurricanes hold 20-12 lead over Hokies at half

Miami added a pair of field goals to offset Logan Thomas's touchdown run, as they lead the Hokies, 20-12, at the half.

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Hurricanes lead Hokies, 14-3, after first quarter

Miami has made big special teams plays en route to a 14-3 lead over the Hokies at the end of the first quarter.

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Virginia Tech duels with Miami on Thursday night

Frank Beamer's Hokies will look to go above .500 with a win against Miami.

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