Miami Hurricanes QB D’Eriq King primed for big game against Virginia Tech

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Miami Hurricanes quarterback D’Eriq King is primed for a big game Saturday against Virginia Tech.

Miami Hurricanes quarterback D’Eriq King has run for at least 65 yards in four games this season. In their last two games, the Virginia Tech defense has allowed 155 yards rushing on 28 carries to opposing QBs. King is poised for a big game running on Saturday against the Hokies.

Two weeks ago, Malik Cunningham of Louisville ran for 47 yards on nine carries in a 42-35 Virginia Tech win over the Cardinals. Miami held Cunningham to seven yards on 10 carries. Malik Willis of Liberty dominated Virginia Tech on the ground with 19 carries for 108 yards in a 38-31 upset victory.

King had a season-high with both 15 carries and 105 yards in the 44-41 Miami victory over North Carolina State last Friday. Virginia Tech has allowed at least 139 yards rushing in six of its seven games this season, nearly or over 200 yards in four of its seven games. King has become the de facto lead running back for Miami.

Miami lead RB Cam Harris bounced back last week matching the 15 carries King had for 62 tards. In the three games prior to NC State, Harris had 28 carries for 35 yards. Freshmen Don Chaney Jr. and Jaylan Knighton combined for eight carries for 27 yards against NC State. Chaney was reportedly injured last week.

The Virginia Tech run defense is 14th in the ACC allowing 202.86 yards per game and 5.16 yards per carry. Virginia Tech is not much better against the pass ranking 11th in the ACC allowing 257. 9 yards per game and 12th allowing 7.8 yards per attempt. King has 722 yards passing and six touchdowns the last two games.

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King has not thrown an interception and Miami has no turnovers in its last two games. Virginia Tech is seventh in the ACC with 14 turnovers this season. The Hokies have forced five in the past two games and equaled that number against Boston College. Duke and Louisville did not have a turnover against Virginia Tech.