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While it's still early in the season, the No. 9 Hurricanes and No. 11 Hokies realize Saturday's meeting at
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Miami (2-0, 2-0 ACC) and Virginia Tech (2-1, 0-0) head into their game at Lane Stadium both ranked for the first time since 2005, as the Hurricanes in particular have enjoyed a return to national prominence.
The Hokies and Hurricanes faced one another seven straight times as ranked opponents from 1999-2005, but in recent years both programs have suffered through comparatively lean times. When they met last year, neither team was ranked - the first time a game played between the two didn't feature a top 25 team since 1998.
After splitting playing time as a freshman with Robert Marve last season, Harris has led the Hurricanes to victories over
Harris, who threw for 386 yards and two touchdowns in the opener against the Seminoles, credits the additional time the team has had between games for his early success.
"It really has helped us," Harris said. "It's given us more time to watch film. Sometimes when you watch film for the first time, you tend not to see a lot of things. You just scan through it and just look at basically the matchups and stuff like that. But when you go back through it again, you start seeing different things that show up and occur a lot."
Much of that improvement can be attributed to Harris. The Hurricanes passed for 196.8 yards per game in 2008, compared with 328.0 yards early this season, although the quarterback extends the credit to the other side of the ball.
"We're clicking because of the defense," said Harris, who has completed 69.5 percent of his passes. "The defense ... they go out there and they show us that they can stop the team (Georgia Tech) that last year put up over 400 yards rushing on us and when they showed us that, it gave us motivation."
While Harris and the Hurricanes boast one of the ACC's best offenses, Virginia Tech (2-1, 0-0) is still trying to find its offensive identity.
The Hokies squeaked out a 16-15 victory over then-No. 19
"This is one of those games that could turn things around if you build on it and learn from it," coach Frank Beamer told the Hokies' official Web site. "We need to learn from it - not only the great plays at the end, but all those things in between that we need to get better at. When you can win one like that and improve from it, that's important to your season."
In their two games against ranked opponents, including a 34-24 loss to then-No. 5
The Hokies expect to have senior cornerback Stephan Virgil in the lineup after he missed two games with a bruised left knee. Virgil, who had 31 tackles last season, is looking to help improve a defense that is giving up an uncharacteristic 364.3 total yards per game.
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Posted: 9/23/09 8:44AM ET