Despite scoring just 16 points, the ‘Canes offense did just enough to seal a crucial victory at Pittsburgh.
Miami may very well be the least-predictable team in the ACC — losing when they’re well-favored, and clawing out victories when their season is on the line. It was light-years away from a ‘perfect’ performance, with Miami leaving much to be desired — but it’s the win that counts.
One of the most surprising facets of the game was Miami’s offensive line. Pittsburgh came into the contest leading the nation in sacks — averaging over 5 per game. The ‘Canes line gave up just 2 on Saturday though, a feat that would’ve been impressive against any of the opponents on their schedule.
The Hurricanes allowed 4.4 sacks per game through their first seven games.— Josh White (@_JoshRWhite) October 26, 2019
Today, Miami only surrendered two sacks.
Similar to a few of Miami’s games in 2019, this one was decided by less than a touchdown. Unlike their games against Florida and North Carolina, however, the ‘Canes were able to score a clutch touchdown late in the 4th quarter — successfully sealing a season-saving victory.
The go-ahead and winning touchdown throw came from Jarren Williams, who replaced N’Kosi Perry in the 4th quarter. On the receiving end was K.J. Osborn, who finished the day with 6 receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Per usual, Miami’s defense deserves most of the credit here. Holding Pitt to 12 points and not allowing a single touchdown is a monumental bounce-back — especially after surrendering 28 points to a drab Georgia Tech team in the previous week.
Ultimately, the decision to replace Perry was a bold yet genius one. Perry and Williams both bring special skills and traits to the table — but it Williams that provided the necessary spark this time around. There should be some healthy debate about who deserves to start against Florida State — it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see both of them taking reps.
In conclusion, this sort of victory is important for a team that’s still ‘learning’ how to win. With a trip to Tallahassee coming next week — another close finish may be on the horizon.