Virginia Tech downgrades the Hurricanes in Blacksburg, 37-16

Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya (15) is sacked by Virginia Tech defensive tackle Woody Baron (60) during the first half of an NCAA college football game at Lane stadium in Blacksburg, Va., Thurs., Oct. 20, 2016. (Steve Helber/AP)

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Jerod Evans threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third and Virginia Tech beat Miami 37-16 on Thursday night.

Evans hit Bucky Hodges with scoring throws of 7 and 12 yards, and Travon McMillian ran for 131 yards for the Hokies (5-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who kept pace with Coastal Division-leading North Carolina in the chase for a spot in the ACC title game.

Brad Kaaya threw for 323 yards and two touchdowns for the Hurricanes (4-3, 1-3), but he also was sacked eight times as they lost their third in a row.

The Hokies limited Miami to 42 rushing yards on 29 carries thanks to the sacks, which cost Kaaya 55 yards.

Woody Baron had three of the sacks for Virginia Tech, and fullback Sam Rogers threw his first career touchdown pass in the third quarter.