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No. 3 Miami faces Virginia without added fire

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Notre Dame defensive coordinator Mike Elko used some rather profane words addressing Miami's "turnover chain" in a pregame diatribe in an attempt to fire up the Irish last week.

"They can have the chain," he is caught saying on a video that made it to Twitter. "We're getting a (bleeping) ring."

That didn't turn out so well for the then-No. 3 Irish, however. No ring will be coming their way following the 41-8 beatdown the Hurricanes delivered before a packed house at the Hard Rock Stadium and a national television audience.

The Hurricanes are now the No. 3 team in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Miami coach Mark Richt said he wasn't aware of Elko's tirade before the game, so it couldn't have been used to add fire to the Hurricanes' emotions. But Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall apparently is taking no chances.

Asked this week about the chain, a 36-inch string of 14-karat gold that is the brain child of Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and recognizes any of his players who comes up with a defensive turnover, Mendenhall was more subdued.

"I think it's really cool," said Mendenhall, whose Cavaliers take on Miami Saturday afternoon. "College football is -- there's an element of youthfulness and fun that sometimes is lost with the pressure and the polls and the salaries and scrutiny and the entertainment version of whether you've had a good game or a bad game.

"And so to have kind of a thread of excitement and culture that I think the players like and certainly their fans have gotten behind, I think it's really cool."

Mendenhall said he didn't see the chain until after the Cavaliers' game with Louisville last week, a 38-21 loss that officially eliminated any chance that the Cavaliers (6-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) had at getting a piece of the ACC Coastal Division crown.

"After our game, Miami-Notre Dame, I saw some of it on my phone when we were coming back," he said. "I didn't watch the whole thing, but that was my exposure to the chain, and I thought it was fun."

There were plenty of opportunities for the chain to be on display. The Hurricanes (9-0, 6-0 ACC) came up with three interceptions and a strip sack and fumble recovery to turn the Irish over four times for the night. That gave them eight takeaways in their last two games and 24 for the season, good for a tie for fourth-most in the country.

Mendenhall's team has turned it over half that number of times. Of those 12 turnovers, five came in two games -- three against Boston College, two against Louisville. Both were losses. They have only six total in their six wins.

Miami comes into the game with a plus-15 advantage in turnover margin, which ranks second among FBS teams, and also is coming off two emotional wins over Virginia Tech and then Notre Dame. The former put the Hurricanes in position to win the Coastal Division for the first time while the latter put them very much in the conversation for a berth in the College Football Playoffs, also for the first time.

If he did not use the Irish defensive coordinators remarks to fire up his Hurricanes last week, Richt did confess that he used the "don't-get-no-respect" card, showing his players comments from prognosticators on why they were picking the Irish. That won't be available for him against the Cavaliers.

"If I did a video of what's going on now," he said, "it would be everybody saying, 'Gosh, Miami is not so bad after all' and all that kind of stuff. So can they handle that?

"I'm not going to be showing videos of that, I can promise you."

More at point is how the Hurricanes will do facing a Virginia defense led by veteran free safety Quin Blanding, who has 454 career tackles, and stopping quarterback Kurt Benkert, who has passed for just under 250 yards a game.

Benkert earned Richt's respect for a play he made last year against the Hurricanes.

"We had some kind of blitz on and somebody was coming free -- might not even have been a blitz -- and he stood right in there and threw a touchdown pass knowing he was about to get hit," Richt said. "He's my kind of guy in that regard."

Richt sees his own quarterback, junior Malik Rosier, growing into his role.

"Malik is a good passer," Richt said. "He's an agile runner. He's not an unbelievable runner, but he has made some nice runs. He is a threat to run. They have to account for him, which makes it a little bit tougher for them."

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Scoring Summary
No Scoring Plays
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Virginia 6-4 -----
3 Miami (Fla.) 9-0 -----
0 AVG PASS YDS 0
0 AVG RUSH YDS 0
0 AVG TOTAL YDS 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Benkert 6 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59% 2492 21 7 124.8
K. Benkert 237/402 2492 21 7
L. Stone 36 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
22.2% 26 0 2 2.0
L. Stone 2/9 26 0 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Ellis 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
183 766 6
J. Ellis 183 766 6 25
O. Zaccheaus 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 153 1
O. Zaccheaus 22 153 1 56
D. Hamm 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 99 1
D. Hamm 26 99 1 16
J. Reed 2 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 76 1
J. Reed 12 76 1 29
C. Sharp 31 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 36 1
C. Sharp 10 36 1 9
P. Kier 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 32 0
P. Kier 6 32 0 12
D. Cross 15 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 27 0
D. Cross 5 27 0 13
N. Griffin 81 P
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
N. Griffin 1 3 0 3
L. Atkins 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
L. Atkins 1 1 0 1
K. Benkert 6 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
47 -28 0
K. Benkert 47 -28 0 15
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
O. Zaccheaus 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
70 727 4
O. Zaccheaus 70 727 4 81
A. Levrone 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 566 6
A. Levrone 27 566 6 73
D. Dowling 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
39 544 5
D. Dowling 39 544 5 42
E. Butts 46 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 226 2
E. Butts 25 226 2 25
J. Reed 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 128 1
J. Reed 18 128 1 17
H. Dubois 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 100 1
H. Dubois 14 100 1 19
D. Hamm 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 64 0
D. Hamm 20 64 0 17
J. Ellis 1 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 57 1
J. Ellis 13 57 1 15
W. Craft 23 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 55 0
W. Craft 5 55 0 18
B. Hogg 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 16 0
B. Hogg 2 16 0 8
T. Jana 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 12 0
T. Jana 1 12 0 12
D. Cross 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 8 0
D. Cross 1 8 0 8
R. Burney 16 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 8 1
R. Burney 2 8 1 6
T. Cowley 44 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 7 0
T. Cowley 1 7 0 7
C. Sharp 31 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 0 0
C. Sharp 1 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
Q. Blanding 3 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 3 0.0
Q. Blanding 0-0 0.0 3
C. Moore 39 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
C. Moore 0-0 0.0 1
C. Peace 13 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
C. Peace 0-0 0.0 1
B. Hall 34 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
B. Hall 0-0 0.0 1
J. Thornhill 21 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
J. Thornhill 0-0 0.0 2
B. Nelson 28 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 4 0.0
B. Nelson 0-0 0.0 4
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Mejia 95 K
IN-GAME FG XP
-/- -/-
SEASON FG XP
8/10 32/32
A. Mejia 8/10 0 32/32 56
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Rosier 12 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.7% 2410 20 7 142.1
M. Rosier 169/298 2410 20 7
B. Berrios 8 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 17 0 0 242.8
B. Berrios 1/1 17 0 0
E. Shirreffs 16 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
40% 16 0 0 66.9
E. Shirreffs 2/5 16 0 0
D. Dallas 13 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
-% - - - -
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
D. Dallas 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Homer 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
113 753 6
T. Homer 113 753 6 64
M. Walton 1 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
56 428 3
M. Walton 56 428 3 82
M. Rosier 12 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
91 339 4
M. Rosier 91 339 4 36
D. Dallas 13 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
19 85 2
D. Dallas 19 85 2 25
T. Gray 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 42 0
T. Gray 7 42 0 14
J. Thomas 4 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
- - -
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
J. Thomas 1 4 0 4
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
B. Berrios 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
38 484 8
B. Berrios 38 484 8 55
C. Herndon IV 23 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
36 422 4
C. Herndon IV 36 422 4 51
A. Richards 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 341 1
A. Richards 17 341 1 49
J. Thomas 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 273 2
J. Thomas 13 273 2 78
T. Homer 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 217 1
T. Homer 17 217 1 35
D. Langham 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 207 2
D. Langham 10 207 2 46
L. Cager 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 141 1
L. Cager 10 141 1 33
M. Walton 1 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 91 0
M. Walton 7 91 0 39
D. Dallas 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 70 0
D. Dallas 3 70 0 49
M. Harley 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 63 0
M. Harley 6 63 0 19
D. Mullins 84 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 53 0
D. Mullins 4 53 0 22
M. Irvin II 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 39 0
M. Irvin II 3 39 0 24
D. Harris 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 20 1
D. Harris 5 20 1 10
M. Rosier 12 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 17 0
M. Rosier 1 17 0 17
T. Gray 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 6 0
T. Gray 1 6 0 6
T. Gauthier 74 OL
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
- - -
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
T. Gauthier 1 -1 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Young 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
M. Young 0-0 0.0 2
D. Jackson 31 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
D. Jackson 0-0 0.0 1
S. Redwine 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
S. Redwine 0-0 0.0 2
M. Jackson 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 4 0.0
M. Jackson 0-0 0.0 4
D. Delaney 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
D. Delaney 0-0 0.0 1
J. Johnson 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 3 0.0
J. Johnson 0-0 0.0 3
M. Pinckney 56 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
M. Pinckney 0-0 0.0 1
C. Perry 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
C. Perry 0-0 0.0 1
T. Bandy 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
- - -
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
T. Bandy 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Badgley 15 K
IN-GAME FG XP
-/- -/-
SEASON FG XP
14/17 35/35
M. Badgley 14/17 0 35/35 77
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD