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By Carlos Pineda
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Virginia Tech took a step towards a potential Coastal Division title with a big victory over Miami.

Game of the Week

Virginia Tech 42, No. 14 Miami 24 — The Miami Hurricanes have played dangerously all season-long and it blew up in their face on a wet, sloppy night at Sun Life Stadium. Miami essentially handed over 21 points, but Virginia Tech was masterful in taking advantage of the situation. The Hokies took advantage of the short field early and scored a touchdown on all three of Miami's early mistakes. Running back Trey Edmunds scored four rushing touchdowns, and quarterback Logan Thomas avoided coughing up the football and quietly passed for 366 yards.

Known to prop up Miami's sluggish offense, the defense was put in tough situations early and often, and struggled to get off the field on third downs. It seemed like Virginia Tech had every player open all night and the Hurricanes couldn't make adjustments, providing plenty of cushion.

The Hokies are back in the Coastal title hunt, but need a Miami win over Duke next week to give them a boost.

It will be interesting to see how Miami bounces back from this one. The offense struggled all season with its best player Duke Johnson in, but now that he's out for the rest of the year it's apparent things took a further turn for the worse.

Post-Game Reaction

— Florida State punched its ticket to the ACC championship and clinched its fourth division title, but, more importantly, benefited from an Oregon loss on Thursday night. The Seminoles are now in control of their own destiny in regards to playing for a national championship. They are also 9-0 for the first time since 1999, when they captured the program's second title. Saturday's win proved to be a defensive one, as the FSU defense scored two touchdowns and set up the offense twice inside the Wake Forest 15. Jameis Winston's two first-half touchdowns did give him the ACC record for TD passes by a freshman with 26. He passed NC State's Phillip Rivers, who set the mark in 2000.

— The Duke Blue Devils have seven wins for the first time since 1994 — when they finished 8-4 — and are in the hunt to represent the Coastal in Charlotte. Unlike last season, when the team started the season 6-2 and lost its last five games, the 2013 Blue Devils have reeled off five straight wins after starting 2-2. It's been quite a season for Duke, and they now face Miami at home next week. DeVon Edwards had a monster game scoring three touchdowns, two on interception returns and a 100-yard kickoff return.

— Pitt had lost two straight games but rallied in the fourth quarter to upset No. 24 Notre Dame 28-21 and break a three-game losing streak to the Irish. The Panthers are one game shy of being bowl eligible. Quarterback Tom Savage passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the win. Running back James Conner had the winning one-yard touchdown run with 9:36 to play in the game.

Week 12 Schedule

Thursday, Nov. 14

— Georgia Tech at Clemson 7:30 ET ESPN

Saturday, Nov. 16

— NC State at Boston College 12:30 ET

— North Carolina at Pitt 12:30 ET

— Maryland at Virginia Tech 12:30 ET

— Miami at Duke 3:30 ET

— Syracuse at Florida State 3:30 ET

Carlos Pineda - Carlos Pineda is a featured writer for Southern Pigskin. He covered the UCF Knights football team for Florida Today in 2010. Carlos' work has been published in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel and Orlando Business Journal. He attended the University of Central Florida. Follow Carlos on Twitter @CarlosFPineda.