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Big Plays Sink Pitt Defense in 31-19 Loss to Miami



Pitt’s defense gave up a pair of big plays and without Kenny Pickett, the offense couldn’t keep pace, as the Panthers fell, 31-19 to No. 13 Miami on Saturday.

The Hurricanes’ offense was largely bottled up by the Pitt defense, save for a pair of big plays scoring plays on broken coverages.

Miami quarterback D’Eriq King found tight end Will Mallory wide-open for a 45-yard score late in the fourth quarter to provide the Hurricanes with their final margin of victory.

King had also connected with Cam’Ron Harris coming out of the backfield on exactly the same play in the first quarter for a 35-yard score. King hit Mallory for a six-yard score later in the first quarter and found Mike Harley for a 38-yard touchdown earlier in the third quarter.

He finished 15 of 30 for 206 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. His three long touchdowns accounted for 118 of his 206 yards.

Getting the start in place of the injured Pickett, redshirt freshman Joey Yellen matched King overall, finishing 22 of 46 for 277 yards, but he couldn’t match the big plays, securing just one touchdown on a 1-yard third quarter pass to tight end Daniel Moraga.

He didn’t get any help from the Pitt running game, which was bottled up once again. Pitt finished with just 22 yards on the ground, let by Todd Sibley, who had 23 yards on four carries.

Pitt fell to 3-3 with the loss and will return home to face No. 4 Notre Dame next week.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Curtis Colbert
Curtis Colbert
3 years ago

When most of our passes barley get past the line of scrimmage, not much chance for a big play. Or big yardage.Less than 50% completion . Worse damn offense since the Duzz has been here. Probably the only good year was when Canada was the OC.

Clark Martineau
Clark Martineau
3 years ago

Agreed, got to stop the plays where the receiver is all alone behind the d-backs.

3 years ago

Whipple play calling is a disaster. But that really doesn’t matter does it? Because no one knows how to block. The Quarterback threw the ball around to WR’s who just can’t catch or can’t bring in the needed catch in the clutch!

Maybe the Coach has to believe in OFFENSE in order to recruit one?

IDK, is that’s Lyke’s Job to tell Narduzzi he needs one? IDK

I do know that some ones been blowing smoke… 6 years.

The talk is not translating to the field that’s for damn sure!

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