BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Jacory Harris still couldn't believe it.
The Hurricanes quarterback led four second-half touchdown drives, with a big assist from Lamar Miller, and had Miami in position to beat No. 21 Virginia Tech with under three minutes to go.
It didn't happen. Logan Thomas ran 19 yards for a touchdown with 56 seconds to play Saturday night, capping a wild fourth quarter as the Hokies beat the Hurricanes 38-35.
“I would never have imagined losing this game,” Harris said.
He finished 13 for 21 for 267 yards and touchdowns of 15 yards to Allen Hurns, 77 yards to Travis Benjamin and 4 yards to Tommy Streeter. He did not throw an interception.
The only time the Hurricanes were stopped came on their final possession, when three consecutive incompletions by Harris brought it down to one final play. He hit Miller but, with Hokies swarming all around, the running back never found daylight the way he had all day.
“When you get that close, it hurts, especially when you feel like you're the better team,” center Tyler Horn said. “We made plays. At the end of the day, it wasn't enough.”
With their win, the Hokies (5-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) rescued their chances of contending in the Coastal Division with the dramatic rally and may have killed the hopes for Miami (2-3, 0-2).
The Hurricanes take on North Carolina at Chapel Hill at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Photo: Jacory Harris