The Canes will plummet in the CFP rankings, although a UM victory next Saturday, Dec. 2, against No. 3 Clemson (10-1, 7-1) in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte, North Carolina, could possibly vault UM back into the top four. They're just among a slew of one-loss teams hoping to hear their names called, rather than a team that controls its own destiny.
Either way, the Panthers offense will have to guard against mistakes vs.an opportunistic Miami defense ready to take full advantage and a huge key will be the blocking up front as Miami leads the nation in sacks per game (3.8) - Pittsburgh QBs have been sacked 30 times this year - and ranks fourth in tackles for loss (9.0 per game). That was a disaster.
UM couldn't find holes for its runners almost the entire game. The Canes ended with 51 rushing yards.
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For the rst time since 2002, Miami has started 10-0 overall and for the rst time since joining the ACC in 2004, Miami is 7-0 in conference play. Pickett, the first true freshman to start for the Panthers in a decade, played with confidence and swagger. Miami couldn't get enough stops against Pickett, who completed 18-of-29 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown, and perhaps most importantly, no touchdowns.
The first quarter featured a game of field position as Pitt took a 3-0 lead on Alex Kessman's 46-yard field goal.
The Hurricanes forced two turnovers in the second quarter, but each time they came up empty on their ensuing drive. But two incompletions and a 3-yard rush did nothing to help their cause, and Pitt took over.
The second turnover came at 6:44 in the second quarter, when safety Sheldrick Redwine pummeled Chris Clark after Clark's 11-yard reception.
Thanks in very large part to Pitt's defense, Miami's offense could muster next to nothing on the day, churning out just 176 yards of offense while the game was still within reach (they finished with 234).