Hurricanes remain perfect by beating Virginia

Miami overcomes slow start, halftime deficit to outlast Cavaliers

Miami's Christopher Herndon IV is carried off the field after the Hurricanes defeated the Virginia Cavaliers 44-28 at Hard Rock Stadium on Nov. 18, 2017 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – The Miami Hurricanes avoided the trap game Saturday and remained perfect by beating Virginia

Trailing at halftime, the Hurricanes rallied in the second half for a 44-28 win that kept their 15-game winning streak alive.

Kurt Benkert started out on fire for Virginia. He hit Joe Reed for a 75-yard touchdown pass to put Virginia up 14-0 in the first quarter.

No. 2 Miami (10-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) answered with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Malik Rosier to Ahmmon Richards.

The 'Canes tied the score in the second quarter when Rosier hit Dayall Harris on a 36-yard touchdown strike.

Virginia (6-5, 3-4) scored on a 33-yard touchdown pass before the half to take a 21-14 lead.

In the third quarter, Virginia scored on a 26-yard touchdown pass to take a 28-14 lead.

That's when the 'Canes started their comeback.

Rosier hit Lawrence Cager on a 9-yard strike to cut Virginia's lead to 28-21.

Jaquan Johnson shifted all the momentum to Miami with a 30-yard interception for the touchdown.

After tying the game, Johnson was given the "turnover chain."

The 'Canes extended their lead in the fourth quarter with an 8-yard touchdown run by Rosier.

Miami is ranked No. 3 in the College Football Playoff. The 'Canes have one more regular-season game left against Pittsburgh next Friday.

After that, the 'Canes will take on Clemson in the ACC Championship game.