CHARLOTTESVILLE – Is anyone happier with Virginia's victory Saturday than Virginia Tech?
Miami's loss gives the Hokies at least a two-game lead in the loss column over the entire ACC Coastal Division. So, No. 21 Virginia Tech (6-2, 4-0) clinches a spot in the conference title game by winning any three of its remaining four: Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Miami and Virginia.
REDEMPTION FOR MOSLEY
After sitting out last weekend's 48-21 win against Eastern Michigan for academic reasons, U.Va. free safety Corey Mosley bounced back Saturday with arguably the best game of his career, intercepting two passes that led to U.Va. touchdowns.
"It did hit me hard," said Mosley regarding having to sit out last weekend's game. "I went out there (against Miami) with a chip on my shoulder. It kind of game me a little extra fuel for this week."
Mosley's interceptions were his first two of the season. He now has three for his career.
MOSES CONTINUES TO IMPROVE
Virginia true freshman offensive tackle Morgan Moses started for the third consecutive week and acquitted himself very well against All-ACC end Allen Bailey.
"Morgan did a great job," coach Mike London said.
He had help, too, as the Cavaliers used fullbacks and tight ends to chip Bailey at the line.
"We wanted to give (Moses) all the help he could get," line coach Ron Mattes said. "Bailey's a heck of a pass rusher, and we didn't want him to control the game."
Starting in place of Landon Bradley (hand), Moses praised Bailey and said, "I'm learning a lot every day in practice."
Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor was impressed by both Moses and left tackle Oday Aboushi. Lazor said both players have had to adjust while shuffling positions on the line.
"When you're talking about a true freshman and a right side tackle moving to the left [Aboushi], it's harder than people think when you hear a call that used to mean you were (blocking) back-side, and now you're front-side," Lazor said. "I just thought they did a great job rising to the challenge."
BIG DAY FOR PUNTERS
Miami punter Matt Bosher averaged an eye-popping 57.8 yards on four punts, but three of them went into the end zone for touchbacks.
Conversely, Virginia punter Jimmy Howell averaged 42.6 yards on five kicks, three of which pinned the Hurricanes at their own 11 or deeper. Another punt, this out of field-goal formation by Robert Randolph, rolled dead at the 6.
Finally, a kickoff that bounced off a Miami player rolled out of bounds at the Hurricanes' 7.
Virginia plays at Duke next Saturday. The Blue Devils (2-6, 0-4) broke a six-game losing streak with a victory at Navy on Saturday.
Duke has dropped eight consecutive ACC games since beating the Cavaliers last season. The Blue Devils have won two straight over Virginia and haven't beaten the Cavs three straight since 1976-78.