No. 9 Miami football entered its matchup with Virginia Tech as two-point underdogs on the road on Saturday. The Hurricanes were without 13 players due to COVID-19 protocols and the Hokies’ top back was dealing with a hamstring injury that kept him from full health. Both teams played to a tight 14-13 first half in favor of the home team, but it was an incompletion that stood out as the highlight of the first half.
Driving with under two minutes remaining in the second quarter, Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback D’Eriq King aired one out down the sideline to his wide receiver Dee Wiggins down the sideline. The ball was overthrown, but Wiggins was in full stride and did his best to make the play happen. His momentum was too much to overcome when he tried to pull up and carried him right into the team’s field goal net. Wiggins lowered his shoulder and laid the boom.
Wiggins was okay, but he needed an extra hand to get untangled from the net before returning to the line of scrimmage.
The internet had some thoughts about the big hit:
No way Miami wins after they receiver ran into the kicking net pic.twitter.com/ThPIM6bmjH
— Coolbreeze (@coolbreeze024) November 14, 2020
#Miami Home of the most unique tackling teachings. Young players in highschool looking to commit, you can either choose a legendary @HokiesFB or tackle a net with @CanesFootball. Up to you, I will judge.
GO TECH#VirginiaTech #HokiesAtHome pic.twitter.com/bWGgOxzeQu
— Kenneth Spaziani (@_aeWinD) November 14, 2020
That kicker net made a better catch than Wiggins has this whole season. Lmao
— Canes Call In (@canescallin) November 14, 2020
That Miami player: Us
The Net: 2020
— Dover Okie (@DoverOkie) November 14, 2020