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The Good, The Bad, The Ugly: Pittsburgh Edition

What went right, what went wrong, and everything in between Vs the Panthers. Plus team grades.

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What can you say after tonight?

No way a team with UM's talent has any business losing at home to Pitt.  No disrespect intended.

The Hurricanes are on their way to a mediocre and meaningless bowl game, and riding a a 3 game losing streak.

Thank goodness for Hoops?!

The Good:

  • Hard not to like this group of seniors, including DP, amongst a classy group. Too bad they never had a break out season.

  • Had to look far and wide early for a "good"......Walford was later injured and left the game with his knee wrapped, so even when things go good they sometimes go bad.

  • Brad Kaaya to Phillip Dorsett for 51!  Gave the 'Canes life

  • Congrats to arguably the best RB in Miami history!

The Bad:

  • Tough break for UM,  kid was playing lights out.

  • Busted coverage and missed tackle = 39 yard pass play to hobbled James Conner. 1 play later easy TD run.   Not just that but he gets in the Pitt record book breaking Tony Dorsett's single-season TD record with his 23rd rushing TD of the season before Duke gets in the UM annals.  UGH!
  • And things just got worse from there.....

  • No pass rush whatsoever, offensive line play was terrible, special teams were a bad as ever, and so on and so on and so on.........

The Ugly:

  • Sparse crowd on Senior Night,  but hey 6-5 team, etc etc...
  • Sigh........

  • Giving up yards is one thing, but when the other team just lines up and runs it down your throat, it is emasculating.
  • Penalties, penalties, penalties....

Team Grades:

Offense - How lenient should we grade the O considering the O line was pretty decimated?   Well one of the players who came back from injury, Ereck Flowers, committed two costly first half false starts (and a 2nd half hold that was declined). Not many holes for Johnson,  too much pressure on Kaaya.


Defense - Jamal Carter is a flag magnet......

And how do you explain this?

Another awful night for Coach D'Onofrio's unit.


Special Teams - Corn Elder can sure cover kicks.  Besides that, not much else nice to say. Stacy Coley has lost his mojo.  Kick coverage was shabby again.


Coaching - What an up and (mostly) down year for the staff. They still have a bowl game left to prepare for.  After last season's debacle Vs Louisville in the Russell Athletic Bowl, consider it another proving ground.  A lot of fans feel like there is no way to salvage things for this staff.  Tonight did little to change that perspective.