No. 12 Miami Hurricanes Defeat Pitt Panthers 31-19 at Hard Rock Stadium

By  //  October 17, 2020

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MIAMI, FLORIDA (Miami Hurricanes) – A four-touchdown performance by quarterback D’Eriq King got the No. 12/13 Miami Hurricanes back on track with a 31-19 victory over Pitt.

The 9,000 fans inside Hard Rock Stadium witnessed King and the Canes (4-1, 3-1 ACC) amass 331 yards of offense, while Miami’s defense tallied three sacks and nine tackles for loss while holding the Panthers to just 22 rushing yards to issue Pitt (3-3, 2-3 ACC) its third straight loss against The U.

“Really proud of our football team. That was a very difficult game, which we suspected it would be going in,” head coach Manny Diaz said. “Pitt, they make everything hard. They’re really, really good on defense, which we knew. We knew we’d have to hit some explosive plays against them, which we did. But to me, the highlight of the game was the way that we played great team ball.”

With Kenny Pickett out with an ankle injury, quarterback Joey Yellen made his first career start for the Panthers. The former four-star recruit had Pitt’s offense moving in their opening possession before Jordan Miller and Jahfari Harvey combined for a 12-yard sack on first-and-10 from the UM 38. The redshirt freshman followed with a pair of incompletions that led to a Pitt punt.

UM punter Lou Hedley bombed a season-long 60-yard punt to flip the field and the Canes’ defense forced a second Pitt punt that gave Miami a short field on its second possession.

King and the Canes’ offense made quick work of the Panthers’ defense on their next possession, needing just three plays and 55 seconds to cover 45 yards and take a 7-0 lead when King connected with running back Cam’Ron Harris for a 35-yard touchdown pass with 5:48 remaining in the opening quarter.