The Miami Hurricanes (3-4, 1-3 ACC) traveled to Pittsburg to take on the Pitt Panthers (5-2, 2-1) after enduring a painful week on social media. Fans were pissed off, former players were sounding off on podcasts, players were being ridiculed for a lackluster effort while others were benched with injuries, and the coaches spoke like politicians.
Saturday couldn’t have gotten here soon enough. Miami’s defense came to play and secured multiple turnovers in the first half of the game. Sadly, similar results on the offensive side of the ball kept the game close into the fourth quarter. Pitt came in on a four game win streak with a defense ranked in the top 15 in pass efficiency and run defense. Miami was able to move the ball sporadically, and found the end zone on a 1 yard run from Cam’Ron Harris in the first half.
Miami was able to capitalize on a great defensive effort today and stole a win on the road to improve to .500 with a 4-4 overall record and 2-3 in conference.
This is a tough team to watch week in and week out. This week they made just enough plays to survive and advance.
Here are the 3 Stars of the Game
Ivey had a very good bounce back game after a debacle last weekend. He logged his first two career interceptions, and was active in coverage throughout the game. He had 28 return yards on his interceptions and put Miami in position to score.
Miami Linebacker Zach McCloud gets the tip and CB DJ Ivey gets the INT for the Canes!!! pic.twitter.com/gqwkwLfGL6— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) October 26, 2019
Cam runs the ball hard. Very hard. He was a bright spot on offense, when his number was called. He tallied several hard runs, and had a leaping touchdown in the first half. He finished the game with 16 rushes for 60 yards and a touchdown.
7 punts for 321 yards and an average of 45.9 yards per kick. Hedley dropped 4 of those punts inside the Pitt 20 yard line. One of his kicks was 61 yards late in the fourth quarter as Miami was stopped deep in their own territory. He then, in Miami Hurricane fashion, gave back 15 yards with an unsportsmanlike penalty.
Hedley MVP of this game— W.F Sr. (@DaPhilosopherMF) October 26, 2019
Price went 1/1 on Field Goal attempts and 1/1 on extra point attempts. He finished with the best game percentage for a kicker this season. Good job, son.
Williams came off the bench, cold, and lead Miami to a go ahead touchdown drive in his second possession with :58 seconds to go in the game. What a beautiful ball he threw on that touchdown. Jarren was 4 of 8 for 50 yards and 1 touchdown.
Who do you think were the 3 stars of the game? Let me know in the comments below.