Miami football pulls Jarren Williams after three Interceptions

The Miami football team pulled starting quarterback Jarren Williams after the Hurricanes starter threw his first three interceptions of the season on seven passes and Miami eventually lost 42-35 to Virginia Tech.

N’Kosi Perry came in to replace Jarren Williams as the Miami Football team fell into a 21-0 hole after the Hurricanes starting quarterback threw three first-quarter interceptions. Perry added another one in the second quarter as the Hokies expanded the lead to 28-0.

A Perry to Mark Pope touchdown via a Will Mallory tip on a hail mary on the last play of the first half kept the Miami football team from being held scoreless in a half for the first time this season. The Hurricanes scored on their first drive of the second half to cut the deficit to 28-14.

Perry threw an interception in the third quarter that Virginia Tech returned to the Miami two-yard line. The play was nullified by a roughing the passer penalty against Virginia Tech defensive lineman Jason Hewitt. Miami also lost the ball in the first half on a fumble by wide receiver Mike Harley.

Williams finished the game 4-7 for 47 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions. Perry was 28-47 for 422 yards with four touchdown passes and one interception. Perry’s completion percentage is encouraging. He struggled in seven starts and ten games last season. The redshirt sophomore completed only.

The Miami offensive line failed to protect Perry and Williams again. The Hokies had seven sacks against a Miami offensive line that entered Saturday’s game allowing 4.5 per game. That was 128th in FBS entering the weekend. If Miami doesn’t get the offensive line figured out it won’t matter who is playing quarterback.

Miami had to basically abandon the running game after getting into the 28 point hole. The Hurricanes ran 20 times for 26 yards. Williams and Perry combined to carry nine times for a loss of 24 yards. Sacks count against the rushing total.

Turnovers were the difference in the game. Virginia Tech entered the game minus eight and Miami was plus six. The Hokies had a plus-five against Miami, all in the first half. Miami outgained Virginia Tech 563-337. N’Kosi Perry threw for 422 yards and Miami finished with 469 yards passing as a team.

It was the most yards passing for the Hurricanes as a team since Stephen Morris threw for a Miami football record 566 yards in a 41-34 victory at North Carolina State in 2012. Entering a critical game against Virginia next week Miami has a full-blown QB controversy on their hands.