MIAMI — Bryan Randall grabbed a set of Mardi Gras beads and waved them aloft, while his teammates exalted in the prospect of a trip to New Orleans.
The Hokies beat Miami for the second consecutive season. A Bowl Championship Series spot, one that Virginia Tech let slip away by collapsing down the stretch a year ago, is the reward.
Randall threw two touchdown passes, including a 39-yard strike to Eddie Royal that put Virginia Tech ahead to stay in its 16-10 win over the Hurricanes on Saturday.
The Hokies capped their first ACC season by winning the league title.
No. 10 Virginia Tech (7-1, 10-2) will learn today to which BCS bowl it’s headed. The likely choice is the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 3 in New Orleans.
Miami — which was bidding for a fifth straight BCS berth — will play Florida in the Peach Bowl on New Year’s Eve.
“To come into this great stadium, against a great football team and to be able to hold on and win the ACC outright is a special feeling for us,” Hokies coach Frank Beamer said. “It was their time. Things bounced our way, but I think we made things bounce our way.”
The ninth-ranked Hurricanes (5-3, 8-3) talked volumes about avenging last year’s humbling 31-7 loss in Blacksburg and making Virginia Tech pay for waving an “ACC Champions” sign on its sideline following last week’s win against Virginia that clinched a share of the conference crown.
Miami came up empty on all counts, losing its home finale for just the second time since 1985.
The Hokies won their final eight games in a surprising title run.
Virginia Tech 0 10 0 6 — 16
Miami 0 7 3 0 — 10
VT—King 3 pass from Randall (Pace kick)
Mia—T. Moss 2 run (Peattie kick)
VT—FG Pace 45, :00.
Mia—FG Peattie 23
VT—Royal 39 pass from Randall (kick blocked)
Virginia Tech Miami
First downs 15 7
Rushes-yards 48-149 22-51
Passing 148 139
Comp-att-int 11-18-0 16-31-1
Return yards 56 97
Punts-avg. 8-34 8-41
Fumbles-lost 2-2 2-1
Penalties-yards 7-50 8-75
Time of possession 34:30 25:30
RUSHING: Virginia Tech—Humes 27-110, Randall 13-34, Hamilton 3-11, Team 2-(minus 2), Imoh 3-(minus 4). Miami—Gore 13-46, T. Moss 4-14, S. Moss 1-2, Berlin 4-(minus 11).
PASSING: Virginia Tech—Randall 11-18-0-148. Miami—Berlin 16-31-1-139.
RECEIVING: Virginia Tech—Clowney 4-54, King 3-26, Royal 2-44, Mazzetta 1-22, Allen 1-2. Miami—Humphrey 3-42, Parrish 3-15, Moore 2-22, Gore 2-18, Everett 2-13, Hill 1-9, S. Moss 1-8, Leggett 1-6, Ortega 1-6.