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.