Miami and Pitt meet on Friday, November 24, 2017, in the regular season finale for both teams. Stay here for live updates, scores and analysis.
Miami-Pitt: Live updates, score
Final: Pitt 24, Miami 14
Miami’s perfect season is over. The Hurricanes flirted with disaster all season long and it finally bit them against Pitt. Miami managed only 227 yards of total offense and ran only 47 plays. Pittsburgh ran more than 100 more, piling up more than 350 yards of total offense on more than 160 plays.
It should still be a de facto playoff game next Saturday in Charlotte, though, when Miami takes on Clemson. But Hurricane fans will have more reason to worry now.
2:16 Q4: Pitt 24, Miami 14
Finally, Malik Rosier delivers, but it will probably be too little too late. The quarterback found wide receiver Braxton Berrios for a 39-yard touchdown.
Still, it’s a two possession game. Miami will need to recover a pair of onside kicks.
2:54 Q4: Pitt 24, Miami 7
Pittsburgh delivers one final insulting blow and now the final score will be more indicative of just how dominant Pitt was today.
A 22-yard bootleg touchdown on 4th down seals the victory for the Panthers, but it certainly wasn’t the Miami defense’s fault today. The Hurricanes managed only 176 yards on 47 plays and quarterback Malik Rosier was bad enough to warrant a benching from coach Mark Richt.
9:04 Q4: Pitt 17, Miami 7
Mark Richt has seen enough. After Malik Rosier’s worst three quarters of the season, the coach has turned to backup quarterback Evan Shirreffs.
The experiment didn’t work any better. Shirreffs and the Miami offense quickly went 3 and out, with 2 incompletions and a sack.
End 3: Pitt 17, Miami 7
Christopher Herndon bailed Miami out with a 1st-down pickup, but only momentarily. The Hurricanes’ next drive lasts only six plays before being forced into another punt situation. Miami is up to 164 yards on 49 plays. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, has run 88 plays today.
1:47 Q3: Pitt 17, Miami 7
Miami is in major trouble. Usually when the Hurricanes struggle, they’ve figured it out by this point. Instead, Miami’s offense has never looked worse.
Pittsburgh scores a short touchdown to stretch the lead to double digits during the fourth quarter. The Hurricanes right now have 129 yards on 44 plays.
Halftime: Pitt 10, Miami 7
For the second straight week, Miami goes into halftime with a deficit. A touchdown run by quarterback Kenny Pickett with 35 seconds left gave Pittsburgh a late lead before the Hurricanes tried one play and went into the half.
Miami’s defense was solid, forcing a pair of turnovers, but the Hurricanes offense couldn’t capitalize. Miami didn’t score a single point off either of those two takeaways and is averaging only 4.0 yards per play.
5:48 Q2: Miami 7, Pitt 3
A crunching hit by defensive back Sheldrick Redwine brought the turnover chain back out, but another quick punt squandered another opportunity for Miami.
Even with the help of a Pittsburgh penalty, the Hurricanes went three and out, and it only got worse on special teams. Punter Zach Feagles punted the ball only 13 yards.
7:03 Q2: Miami 7, Pitt 3
The U is probably back. The next question: Is Ahmmon Richards back? After putting together one of his biggest games of the year last week, the star wide receiver made one of his best plays of the year to give Miami the lead. Quarterback Malik Rosier found Richards just short of the end zone and Richards tapped his toes inbounds then turned to sneak the ball inside the pylon.
The Hurricanes’ offense is finally rolling. Miami went 90 yards in eight plays, thanks to 2 catches for 33 yards by Richards.
14:01 Q2: Pitt 3, Miami 0
A turnover chain saved the day for Miami, but the Hurricanes’ offense couldn’t take advantage. A bad snap by Pittsburgh turned into a fumble recovery for linebacker Michael Pinckney and Miami promptly punted into the end zone.
For the second straight week, Miami is back to its old ways. Against an inferior opponent, the Hurricanes offense is scuffling, Miami is losing the field-position battle and Pittsburgh has a chance to take a two-score lead. The Hurricanes are averaging a measly 1.9 yards per play.
6:45 Q1: Pitt 3, Miami 0
Pittsburgh is on the board first, capping its second drive of the game with a 46-yard field goal. Miami’s defense has been solid so far, holding Pitt to only 3.4 yards per play, but the Hurricanes first drive was plagued by a penalty on the punt return and didn’t go anywhere.
Despite managing a first down, Miami is averaging only 0.7 yards per play after quarterback Malik Rosier took a long sack. He’ll get his second chance to go to work, this time with better field position.
Miami-Pitt game time, information
Date: Friday, November 24, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Location: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Weather: Sunny, high of 50 degrees
Miami-Pitt football TV channel
Miami-Pitt can be watched on ABC.
Miami-Pitt football live stream
Miami-Pitt can be watched online at WatchESPN.
How can I listen to Miami-Pitt on the radio?
Miami-Pitt can be heard on the Miami Hurricanes Sports Network, WQAM 560.
Miami-Pitt preview, keys to the game
Miami has known for several weeks that it will face Clemson in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte next Saturday. The Hurricanes’ primary focus on Friday, though, is completing an undefeated regular season – their first since 2002 – and setting up a potential playoff elimination game against the Tigers in a week’s time.
Standing in the Hurricanes’ way, though, is Pitt. The Panthers will miss out on a bowl for the first time in a decade thanks to an inconsistent level of performance throughout this entire season. On Senior Day, however, their aim is to play spoiler and send the Hurricanes to a damaging loss to knock them from the ranks of the unbeaten and out of the College Football Playoff race altogether.
The Hurricanes’ performance last Saturday against Virginia was unconvincing for a while as the Cavaliers held a 28-14 lead in the third quarter. But Miami used 30 straight points to turn the tables and escape with a 44-28 victory in its home finale at Hard Rock Stadium. That led Mark Richt to warn his team that lackadaisical play would be their downfall if it was not able to clean up its mistakes.
“We better tighten up the screws or we’re going to be in trouble,” Richt said on his weekly radio show on WQAM in Miami. “Every little detail matters. That’s where we gotta tighten up the screws on offense, defense and special teams. I mean, we made enough mistakes in all three phases to get beat.”
Against the Cavaliers, Malik Rosier did throw 3 touchdowns while running for another, but he also threw 3 interceptions. The defense allowed Kurt Benkert to throw for 384 yards and 4 touchdowns against just 1 interception. In Miami’s defense, it did hold Virginia to just 55 yards on 28 carries.
Pitt is looking to shake off an emotional loss against Virginia Tech during which it had 1st-and-goal at the Hokies 1-yard line with just seconds to go, but it was unable to punch in the tying touchdown as Virginia Tech rallied for a huge goal line stand to hang on for a 20-14 win. Kenny Pickett saw the bulk of the action at quarterback for the Panthers, throwing for 242 yards, no touchdowns and 1 interception on 15-of-23 passing.
A couple of positives will be on the mind of the Panthers on Friday. They were able to handle Josh Jackson well despite the loss – Jackson was just 17-of-37 for 218 yards, throwing a touchdown and an interception. Pitt will look to replicate that as it faces Rosier, and if it does, it may be able to end the season with one of the bigger upsets in college football this year.
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