Hurricanes Storm Past Virginia in OT

November 1, 2008

The Virginia football team was a perfect 4-0 in the month of October. The month of November did not get off to nearly as good of a start.

Miami's Jacory Harris hit Aldarius Johnson for the go-ahead touchdown in overtime and the Hurricane defense recovered a fumble to seal the win today at Scott Stadium. With the loss, the Cavaliers fall to 5-4 on the season, 3-2 in the ACC.

The day started well for Virginia. The UVa special teams recovered a muffed punt deep in Miami territory, setting up Yannick Reyering with a 23 yard field goal to give Virginia a 3-0 lead. Miami would take the lead later in the quarter when Robert Marve scored on a 6 yard run. The Hurricanes would not have the lead for very long though, because just moments later, Virginia ran a reverse to Kevin Ogletree, which he took 16 yards for a touchdown.

Miami would tie the game in the second quarter on a 33 yard field goal by Matt Bosher. But once again, Virginia answered, this time with a two yard touchdown pass from Marc Verica to Jared Green. It was Green's first career TD reception and gave Virginia a 17-10 lead at the half.

The third quarter was one of missed opportunities for Virginia. The Cavaliers set up Reyering with field goal attempts of 38 and 47 yards, but he missed them both, keeping the score 17-10.

The Virginia defense held Miami's offense at bay for most of the fourth quarter. But late in the game, the Canes put together a 15 play, 95 yard drive, culminating with a Harris to Laron Byrd touchdown pass. The extra point tied the game with 55 seconds to go. Virginia drove down the field, but Verica fumbled the ball and Miami recovered. The Hurricanes would eventually set up Bosher with a 51 yard field goal attempt, but his kick was well short.

In overtime, Miami got the ball first and scored on the Harris to Johnson pass. But on the opening play of Virginia's drive, the usually reliable Cedric Peerman fumbled the ball and Miami recovered to end the game.

Virginia will try to bounce back next Saturday at Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons edged out Duke in overtime today.

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