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Virginia Tech 37, Miami 16: What Does It All Mean?

Virginia Tech gets back on track with a dominant 37-16 win over Miami. What does it all mean?

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Virginia Tech 37, Miami 16: What Does It All Mean?

And that’s the Virginia Tech team that should’ve showed up in Syracuse.

Just when it seemed like the Hokies were going to make a massive statement and go on a big run after the rain-soaked win over North Carolina, they clunked in the Carrier Dome to make this a must-win game.

It was a must-win game for Miami, too, but it looked like a gassed team coming off of two devastating and disappointing losses.

But the Hokies had everything to do with that on both sides of the ball. Woody Baron was unstoppable with three of the team’s eight sacks, and Jerod Evans showed just how deep the quarterback situation is in the ACC with 259 yards and two touchdowns – both scoring passes to Bucky Hodges – and with a rushing score to go along with Travon McMillian’s rushing yards.

And now the Hokies are in control of the ACC Atlantic, with wins over North Carolina and Miami and with a showdown against Pitt coming up next to all but seal up the division for the winner.

However, three of the next four games are on the road before finishing up with a rivalry date against a Virginia team thinking about the finale as its bowl game. There’s still a ton of work to do, but this was the massive step the program needed to take.

Miami is knocked out of the ACC title chase with three straight conference losses, but there’s still plenty of fun out there with a date at Notre Dame next week starting a run of three road games in four weeks. This is a young team that’ll still need time and seasoning, but it’s not going to get it.