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Gameday blog: Canes at Virginia Tech

The Hurricanes (2-2) take on the 21st-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies (4-1) at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va. seeking to avoid an 0-2 start in ACC play. The last time UM started 0-2 in the ACC? 2008 when they lost to North Carolina and Florida State at home in back-to-back games. Saturday's kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. The game can be seen on ABC in the Southeast and on ESPN throughout most of the rest of the country (except parts of Texas, etc). Here is your Canes' TV coverage map.

Will David Wilson abuse a banged up and reeling UM run defense? > ABOUT THE HOKIES: Virginia Tech is coming off a 23-3 loss to Clemson at home a week ago. The Hokies haven't lost back-to-back games at home since 2002. The Hokies rolled to a 31-7 win the last time the Canes came to Lane Stadium. UM has only won one of the last five meetings. The Hokies lost five starters on each side of the ball from last year's ACC championship team including quarterback Tyrod Taylor. This Hokies team still has plenty of playmakers on offense, led by star tailback David Wilson (7th in nation in rushing), cornerback Jayron Hosley (3 INTs) and defensive ends J.R. Collins (leads ACC with 4.5 sacks) and James Gayle (3.5 sacks). Virginia Tech's national rankings on defense: 2nd vs. rush (58.20), 4th in total yards (249.60) and 29th versus the pass (191.40). The Hokies are also currently ranked 2nd in the nation in time of possession (35:48).

> WHAT TO WATCH FOR THE CANES: There have been two big injuries on UM's defense in the aftermath of the Bethune-Cookman win: starting strongside linebacker Ramon Buchanan (knee) and defensive tackle Marcus Forston (knee) have both been lost for the season. The Canes, ranked 105th in run defense, will suit up four healthy defensive tackles Saturday: Micanor Regis, Darius Smith, Olsen Pierre and former defensive end Adewale Ojomo. Tailbacks Mike James and Lamar Miller have also been playing banged up for the Canes, who on the positive side should get more production this week from sophomore tackle Seantrel Henderson. Hard-hitting safety Ray-Ray Armstrong is also back this week from suspension UM. If there is something the Canes may be able to exploit against Tech it's special teams. While that may sound surprising considering Frank Beamer's team has shined for so long on that side of the ball, Virginia Tech actually ranks 117th in net punting. UM's Travis Benjamin has had long returns in back-to-back weeks for UM and may be able to break one. In two games versus the Hokies, Jacory Harris is 10 of 27 for 153 yards with one interception.

> MY PICK: Virginia Tech 34, UM 21. The Hokies aren't as good a football team as they were a year ago -- Clemson showed us that. But the Hokies still have plenty of weapons on both sides of the ball and it's hard to picture them losing back-to-back games at home. Are the Canes totally overmatched? No. But the problems on run defense are very real. This team sorely misses Allen Bailey, Colin McCarthy and Brandon Harris, who all were exceptional on run defense. Ray-Ray will provide a lift. But the Hokies know how to ground and pound. They ran for 251 yards against UM a year ago. And against UM this season, that's all you really need to be able to do well to have success. 

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Now watch Miami is going to try and play catch up. They never play all 4 quarters of football.

UMike,

You are missing the point my friend. based on your blog you assume that the players are the reason for this LOSER season! As a parent if my son wanted to attend Miami, it would not happen because I see just as much uncertainty in the coaching staff as i do the players. I do not believe that Golden will bring quality players to the U, because now students have a look at his lack of coaching. Please don't bring up Temple football.

Not a Golden fan but there is only so much he can do with the talent he has inherited.

Great South Florida athletes still dominate college FB; it's just that most of them are not playing for UM

Is thAt it? Golden needs his players 'in' there? I don't think so. Him and donofrio are rushing 3 and 4 on this qb. This game plan on defense is awful. And who here doesn't want bud foster as our head coach badly?????? He ALWAYS OUTCOACHES our head coach let alone our oc.

Good stuff umike and i feel ya IP Dailey.. Go CANES!!

Our defense is like the "bad news bear"

I wouldn't worry about Golden too much. He won't be around long.

He has an escape clause in his contrct and will likely use it to replce Paterno next year.

Can you rally blame him? Miami is going to be absolutely hammered by the NCAA and is many years from being a top program again...if ever.

Ron Paul 2012

What escape clause?? Have you seen it??

Wow that was embarrassing

lol, this is pathetic!

I know their hurting, but they could be playing 14 guys on defense and they would still suck. Its been 5 games of the same thing, lousy schemes, no rush,, This is not Miami defense. What the hel is the DC thinking. Theya re making 2nd rate QB's look like Marino, Manning, etc...

realist,

Golden is not Penn State material. Trust me.

What escape clause?? Have you seen it??

Posted by: ltcdolphin | October 08, 2011 at 05:33 PM

I believe its called a plane ticket.

who is #51

the only person worth a damn on the defense is spence and chickillo.

Well let's wait and see fella's it could be a big turn around.

What the hell is a "Hokie?"

finaly a punt

Use ur Tight ends Jedd Fisc!!!!!!!!!! ur a moron.

DEFENSE,DEFENSE,DEFENSE

tim...

im as a big a cane fan as anyone... and it makes me sick to watch us get outcoached game in and game out. with that said...wishing death on a coach and players is more pathetic than the hurricanes football team. get a grip on reality bro and quit living your life thru a bunch of 18-21 yr old kids playin a game. ive served my country, and im currently a professional firefighter. spend a day in my boots kiddo and you will learn what matters in life.

for god sakes, can we please get a 3 and out on defense. come on guys...

Whoever that VT CB is, is going to get his butt chewed clean off going for the INT and giving up a TD.

Go Canes!!!

Now that was a great aggressive pass by Jacory, and we were aided by a little luck but that's in every game. He actually threw the ball with some zip and not the lobs, we have come accustomed to seeing.

Good to see a little fight in us.

if they have any heart they will stop vt on this next series!

It took a true freshman - Chickillo -but that play made this all happen. We need a real D!!!!

@Unbearable thank you for fighting for my freedom homie. Also i'm glad that they allowed the firefighters to get their jobs back. no one can afford to take a layoff during this time.

pls stop giving the receivers a million yards of space

Jimmy Gaines once again messes up.

waaah! waaah! waaah!

sure is amazing how a quick 70+yard strike can quiet folks down here. Accept it, that the U needs some time to re-develop, that is not a reason to be so negative and hateful - support the team we have now. GO CANES

Donfo call it freelancing

it was honor... and then i see douchebags like tim running his co@k holster about a bunch of kids, and its pathetic.

Has rushing four and three worked YET???? this is ridiculous!

What kind of defense is Mark.D is calling? My goodness this guys is horrible.

This is the worst defense I've seen at Miami 'in' a long time

Miami D SUX!!! BIGTIME!!!!

How can the D Coordinator have 3rd and 6, and have the DB playing 10-15 yds off the ball..WTF!!! How about some bump and run....hell how about a five man front, let's try and stop something.

here we go again....back to that pathetic 4 man rush...doesn't Dnofrio get it...those guys aren't good enough they need help. make their QB throw it..

We dont run to the ball. No gang tackling. The defense look out of shape.. Wooooow!!

Take the off D'Onofrio. Haven't seen a worst D coordinator in my 20 years folloing the Canes!!!

Mark.D is an idiot!!!!!! he is garbage. He needs to be fired immediatey.

Why is Sean spence making that tackle??? WTF is our secondary???

tim your a freakin idiot !!! hoping a student athlete breaks his neck because you hate him !!! well i hate you for being the piece of sh*t you are !!!

They need to takes notes from Lsu,boise state,Alabama defense. when the ball is on the ground & in the air their defense is on it. I mean they come like bee's and tht's how Miami d-needs to be.

Why is Benjamin so hit or miss. All these players r.

In every game the defense does not adjust fast enough. Every game they adjust at half time. Need a new smarter dc.

Great drive going...Golden looks pissed.

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