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Pitt Can’t Find End Zone, Upset by Miami 16-12

Pitt Can’t Find End Zone, Upset by Miami 16-12

PITTSBURGH — Pitt has needed to rely on its defense throughout the 2019 season, but an anemic Panthers offense put more on the defensive squad than it could handle on Saturday, as the Panthers never found the end zone in a 16-12 loss to Miami at Heinz Field.

Pitt’s offense turned the ball over three times, couldn’t score a touchdown on three trips inside the 20-yard line and couldn’t earn a game-sealing first down in the fourth quarter.

Given chance after chance, Miami’s offense finally broke through with a 32-yard completion from backup quarterback Jarren Williams to K.J. Osborn that gave the Hurricanes the final margin of victory.

The Panthers’ only offense came from the leg of Alex Kessman, who converted from 54 yards on the opening drive of the game and then three chip shots of 29, 29 and 25 yards, as Pitt couldn’t complete drives in the red zone.

The most crucial one came on the opening drive of the fourth quarter. Pitt started with the ball at its own 25 and drove all the way down to the Miami 7-yard line, mostly with the running game, with Todd Sibley and V’Lique Carter both picking up big gains.

But A.J. Davis was stuffed on third and goal from the 1-yard line, and Narduzzi opted to kick to give his team a 12-10 lead.

Pitt got the ball back after a Miami three-and-out, but three straight Davis carries up the middle netted just six yards and the Panthers punted the ball back to Miami with four minutes to play, setting up Williams’ late go-ahead scoring drive.

Sibley led all Pitt rushers with 54 yards on four carries, working exclusively out of the Wildcat formation, but he was injured on Pitt’s first fourth-quarter drive and did not return. Carter had 11 carries for 47 yards and Davis finished with 45 yards on 15 carries.

The passing game was stunted both by the decision-making of Pickett, who had two first-half interceptions on ill-advised passes, and his receivers’ inability to hang on to the ball. Pitt had at several crucial drops, including two on their last-gasp drive when they got the ball back after Miami’s touchdown with 58 seconds on the clock. Pickett finished 18 of 32 for 146 yards.

The Panthers will go on the road next week to visit Georgia Tech. That game will kick off at 4 p.m.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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ThisIsAsGoodAsItGets
ThisIsAsGoodAsItGets
1 year ago

Typical Pitt. What a terrible offensive series when they got the ball back around the 4 minute mark.

Also another field goal from the one.

Terrence Otoole
Terrence Otoole
1 year ago

When you coach not to lose most of the time you lose and that’s exactly how narduzzi coached today

Section 122
Section 122
1 year ago

Right on. Colorado’s coach coached not to lose last night vs. USC with 10pt lead in 4th. He lost by 4.

Jeff
Jeff
1 year ago

I like the job that Mark Whipple has done so far as offensive coordinator but that run call on 3rd down and 5 with around four minutes left in the game was a piss poor call. That was attempting to play not to lose instead of playing to win.

Eddie Futch
Eddie Futch
1 year ago

Going to these games is about as fun as having your penis nailed to the chair you are sitting on. The turnovers, penalties, poor play calling, empty stadium, old decrepit fans trudging out of the stadium making an already horrendous waste of 4 hours feel even worse. Same old Pitt and same old headache. I must be a glutton for punishment

Eddie Futch
Eddie Futch
1 year ago
Reply to  Alan Saunders

It is Alan. Long time fan and season ticket holder for both football and basketball. It just gets old. I have to say the last 4 games going back to Deleware have been absolute torture watching them. I tell my kids that we must be masochists to do this every week

Section 122
Section 122
1 year ago
Reply to  Eddie Futch

You just summed up every Pitt season since 1983 in one post. They’ll get us all to the brink of throwing the towel in and then beat a top 5 team they have no right sharing the field with to suck us all right back in.

Keepthefaith
Keepthefaith
1 year ago

I understand and share the frustration but I do believe in this team and believe they will win out. Remember Virginia is beatable and still has to go to UNC under the lights and finishes up with Va Tech in a rivalry game. If Pitt goes 9-3 and wins the Coastal or 9-3 and the Camping World Bowl for example with a chance to get to 10 wins, If say they’re doing a hell of a job. At the same time, I will admit as much as I want to keep the faith, I could see another painful and frustrating… Read more »

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