The Miami Hurricanes pulled out a hard-fought 45-30 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday to improve to 5-0 on the season.
Despite winning by 15, the game was much closer than the final score would indicate. After going to overtime with the Yellow Jackets last season, a couple of late scores ensured an extra session would not be needed.
Georgia Tech ended the first quarter with a 17-7 lead. Miami responded, and with a 24-23 lead in the third quarter, Dallas Crawford rushed into the end zone from three yards out to give the Hurricanes an eight-point advantage. Georgia Tech marched down the field with a chance to tie the score late, but an errant throw from Vad Lee was intercepted by Rayshawn Jenkins to end any real chance Georgia Tech had.
Crawford added on a late 18-yard touchdown rush in the closing minutes, and then a pick-six really put the game out of reach.
Box Score Hero: Duke Johnson continued his fine season with 23 carries for 184 yards. Whenever the Hurricanes needed to pick up a short-yardage first down, Johnson came through nearly every time. He also averaged 8.4 yards per-carry, one of his better marks of the season.
The Yellow Jackets continued to pound the ball on the ground as they usually do. They finished with 62 carries for 326 yards, and they completed just six passes on the day. David Sims led the way with 77 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries.
Rankings Ramifications: While it's a big win for Miami, it likely won't be enough to boost them in Sunday's top-25 polls. The Hurricanes sit at No. 14 and are unlikely to move up unless there are a couple of top-10 upsets later tonight.
But Did They Cover? Miami came in as a six-point favorite and covered the spread. The two teams went over the 57-point over/under line.
Next Week's Schedule:
Miami: 10/17, @ North Carolina, 7:30 p.m. ET
Georgia Tech: 10/12, @ BYU, 7 p.m. ET