Miami football finds a way to win in double overtime at Virginia

Oct 29, 2022; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Lee Luther Jr.-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2022; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Lee Luther Jr.-USA TODAY Sports /

It was ugly, but the Miami football team won 14-12 in quadruple overtime on Saturday at Virginia. Miami and Virginia had two field goals each in regulation and another in each of the first two overtimes. After stopping Virginia on its first two-point conversion in the fourth overtime, Miami converted and won.

Miami tight end Khalil Brantley was wide open in the right flat, but quarterback Jake Garcia chose to run and converted just inside the right pylon. Miami cornerback Tyrique Stevenson stripped what appeared to be a successful two-point conversion in the fourth overtime, but denied the completion as the receiver fell to the ground.

Both teams were anemic offensively. Virginia finished with 327 total yards and Miami had 272. Miami was particularly poor offensively in the second half. Virginia controlled the second half with a 231 to 121 advantage.  The Miami defense buckled down in the red zone. Virginia had three second-half appearances in the red zone.

Miami held the Cavaliers to two field goals and a stop on downs in the three red zone appearances. The Miami football team took the lead on the last play of the first half with an Andres Borregales 38-yard field goal. Virginia tied the game on its first drive of the second half on a  Will Bettridge field goal.

Bettridge gave Virginia a 6-3 lead early in the fourth quarter. Borregales made a 42-yard field goal to tie the game at six on the final play of regulation. Borregales and Bettridge traded a pair of field goals each. The game began with punts on the first 10 drives combined. Offense was inept throughout the game.

Henry Parrish paced Miami with 24 carries for 113 yards rushing and one reception for four yards. Garcia finished 15-29 for 125 yards passing. Virginia QB Brennan Armstrong was 15-25 for 208 yards and added 20 carries for 67 yards. Miami was unable to contain Armstrong running for most of the game.

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After the win over Virginia Miami will return home and prepare for Florida State coming to Hard Rock Stadium for a Prime Time game on ABC next Saturday. Miami has won four of the last five games against Florida State. Florida State improved to 5-3 after a 41-16 win over Georgia Tech o Saturday.