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No. 17 Miami fumbles, loses to Georgia Tech in last second

Haynes King’s 44-yard touchdown pass to Christian Leary with one second left led visiting Georgia Tech to a stunning 23-20 upset over No. 17 Miami on Saturday.

The Yellow Jackets (3-3, 2-1 ACC) capitalized four plays after Miami, with victory seemingly in hand, faced third-and-10 from the Georgia Tech 30 with 26 seconds to play.

However, Donald Chaney Jr. fumbled after a 4-yard gain, and Georgia Tech’s Kyle Kennard recovered at the 26. After an incompletion, King threw 30 yards to Malik Rutherford, and then spiked a snap to stop the clock with 10 seconds remaining, setting up the touchdown throw.

Miami fell to 4-1 and lost its ACC opener. The Hurricanes dominated in total yards (454-250), first downs (23-12) and time of possession (35:26-24:34). But they also finished with five turnovers to two for the Yellow Jackets.

King completed 12 of 25 passes for 151 yards and accounted for two touchdowns. He was intercepted twice. King also led the Yellow Jackets with 46 yards rushing.

The Yellow Jackets made a change at defensive coordinator this week, promoting Kevin Sherrer to the position full time. The move paid off as his unit responded by picking off Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke three times and forcing two fumbles.

Van Dyke went 24 of 36 passing for 288 yards and one touchdown. Chaney amassed 103 yards on 23 carries, and Xavier Restrepo had 12 catches for 123 yards.

Miami’s touchdowns came on a 22-yard pass to Riley Williams and a 3-yard run by Henry Parrish Jr. The latter score came with 9:55 left in the game to tie the score at 17-17, and Andres Borregales kicked his second field goal of the game, a 39-yarder to give the Hurricanes the lead with 6:23 left.

It marks the third time in coach Brent Key’s tenure that Georgia Tech has beaten a ranked opponent, and it’s the first time since 2019 that the Yellow Jackets have won in Miami.

–Field Level Media

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