Updated: Saturday, December 4, 2004 5:51 PM EST
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(11) Virginia Tech 16, (9) Miami Fla 10
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MIAMI (Ticker) -- In its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 11 Virginia Tech is headed to the BCS.

Bryan Randall threw two touchdown passes and the Virginia Tech defense came up big all day as the Hokies knocked off No. 9 Miami, 16-10, to win the outright conference championship.

The Hokies are likely headed to the Sugar Bowl to face the winner of the Southeastern Conference championship game between No. 3 Auburn and No. 15 Tennessee.

"To come into this great stadium against a great football team and to hold on is a very special feeling for us," Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said. "It was just our time. It feels great to come into a new league and feel like we belong and add to a great ACC."

Randall completed 11-of-18 passes for 148 yards, none bigger than the 39-yard scoring strike he fired to a streaking Eddie Royal with just under 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter to give the Hokies a 16-10 lead.

Miami's Orien Harris blocked the extra point and left the door open for another Orange Bowl comeback but the Hurricanes never could get anything going against stingy Virginia Tech, which entered the game tops in the ACC in scoring defense.

Virginia Tech (10-2, 7-1 ACC) allowed only 139 yards passing to Brock Berlin and held Frank Gore to 46 yards on 13 carries. The Hokies also came up with some big stops when the Hurricanes took over deep in Virginia Tech territory.

The Hurricanes took over at the Hokies 18 after Randall's fumble in the second quarter and at the 30 following another turnover by Randall in the third quarter but managed only three points off the two turnovers.

"This loss was a bitter disappointment for us and we didn't take advantage of the opportunities to get us where we wanted to be," Miami coach Larry Coker said. "We did not run or pass the ball effectively today."

After a scoreless first quarter, Virginia Tech took a 7-0 lead on a three-yard TD pass from Randall to Jeff King with 13:49 to play in the half. Tyrone Moss pulled Miami (8-3, 5-3) even four minutes later with a two-yard TD run set up by a blocked punt.

"We couldn't find any rhythm and we hurt ourselves with penalties and mistakes," Berlin said. "Virginia Tech played hard. We knew they were a very good team and my hat's off to them."

Virginia Tech posted its eighth straight victory and snapped Miami's BCS bowl streak at four.

"This season has been very special," Beamer said. "We went 2-2 and then ran the table. For me, this year is at the top of the list."

Miami, which managed only seven first downs and 190 total yards, is likely headed to the Peach Bowl to face in-state rival Florida.


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