After weeks of struggle, the offense finally puts together a strong performance that propels Miami to a victory. The offensive line only allowed one sack the entire game, which is a huge improvement from weeks prior. Miami’s quarterback, Brad Kaaya, played his best game of the season, throwing for 356 yards and four touchdowns.
With that win, Mark Richt avoided a five game losing streak, which would have been the longest losing streak of his career. On paper, Pittsburgh is considered the better offensive team, but the ‘Canes went off script and scored a whopping 51 points.
Kaaya was consistently getting rid of the ball within three seconds, and that also allowed him to attempt a season high 47 passes. Richt also used the tight ends and running backs to help block. With Pittsburgh electing to play man coverage on the outside, it allowed Kaaya to have favorable mismatches in Stacy Coley and Ammon Richards.
Another positive was Miami’s ground attack which tallied 178 yards. It lacked consistency, but it was a much better effort compared to the 18 rushing yards the ‘Canes got against Notre Dame the previous week.
Virginia’s record is 2-7, but it should not surprise anyone if the Miami’s offensive line falters, as they have for the better part of the season. It took four straight losses, but it seems that Richt has finally adjusted to the inconsistencies of the offensive line.