2005 Keys to the Game: Miami

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It�s Miami week. Every year it�s big. This year it�s bigger. This time,
it can be argued that it will be the biggest sporting event the state of
Virginia has ever hosted. This is the opportunity for the Hokies to make a
statement and force their way onto the national title podium along side USC and
Texas. The stakes are huge. This is big time college football on a big time
stage and many of us will have the good fortune to be there to witness it.

Which team will crack first? Who will make the first big mistake? Will the
game come down to a big play on special teams? Can the Canes come in with
confidence and swagger and steal a victory? Or will it be a Lane Stadium feeding
frenzy for the Hokies?

Let�s explore some keys that could make the difference�.

Tech Defense vs. Miami Offense

The
name of the game for both teams is defense. The Canes and Hokies come to the
battle ranked as the top two defenses in the nation. Because of that, many
people are anticipating a low scoring, defensive struggle with both offenses
playing conservative to avoid mistakes.

Historically, Miami�s offense has been predicated on the performance of
their quarterback. They put weapons all over the field and they become extremely
difficult to defend when they get good play from the QB position. This year,
with RS-Freshman Kyle Wright at QB, their offense is a little more difficult to
gauge. They have a strong running game led by Tyrone Moss and a talented group
of receivers led by TE Greg Olsen and WR�s Sinorice Moss, Ryan Moore and
Darnell Jenkins. Then, for good measure, they will get the ball to super speedy
Devin Hester to see if he can break one.

For Tech�s defense, the focus will be the same as always � stop the run
and make the QB win the game. They want to put a lot of pressure on Wright and
force him to make plays against their combination of speed, pressure front, and
multiple coverages out back. Expect to see a lot of slanting and stunting up
front in an attempt to confuse Wright and to get penetration and pursuit angles
against Moss and the running game.

Let�s take a

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