Senior quarterback Jim Kelly, a Heisman Trophy contender, passed two yards for a touchdown but was injured in the fourth quarter and halfback Mark Rush ran for a touchdown as the 15th-ranked Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes defeated Virginia Tech, 14-8, in Blacksburg, Va., yesterday.
Kelly completed 17 of 24 passes for 207 yards. His right shoulder was hurt as he was tackled while scrambling to avoid Tech's pass rush with 12:39 left in the game.
"I don't know the extent of Jim Kelly's injury," Coach Howard Schnellenberger said. "He will be examined . . . when we return to Miami."
Both scores came in the first half of the home opener for Tech (1-1), which lost its eighth straight to Miami (2-1).
Tech had two chances to score in the second quarter. Cyrus Lawrence broke a tackle in the backfield and spun around left end into the end zone from the one, but a penalty negated the play. Three plays later, fullback Tony Paige was stopped short on fourth-and-goal at the one.
"What it boiled down in the second half was the fact that Miami used a passing game for ball control," said Tech Coach Bill Dooley. "We simply didn't have the ball enough in the third quarter and early in the fourth period . . .But it's my opinion we lost the game in the first half when we did so many things to hurt ourselves.