Live updates: No. 2 Miami Hurricanes at Pittsburgh Panthers

A pregame shot of Heinz Field. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

PITTSBURGH — Welcome to Heinz Field, where the second-ranked Hurricanes (10-0, 7-0 ACC) are set to face Pitt (4-7, 2-5) with the chance to go unbeaten in the regular season for the first time since 2002.  Kickoff is at noon (ABC).

Stick here for live updates from the game, with some commentary:

FINAL: Pitt 24, No. 2 Miami 14

Miami fumble (1:45 4Q) 

Cornerback Avonte Maddox sacked Malik Rosier and forced a fumble, and defensive end Dewayne Hendrix recovered. Should be ballgame.

Miami recovers onside kick (2:13 4Q) 

Hold the phone. Malek Young recovered an onside kick.

Pitt 24, Miami 14 (2:16 4Q) 

Or maybe not.

Malik Rosier, back in the game, threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Braxton Berrios, who snuck behind coverage.

Pitt 24, Miami 7 (2:54 4Q) 

Kenny Pickett’s 22-yard naked bootleg rush may have put the game away.

Evan Shirreffs in, Miami punts (9:04 4Q) 

The Hurricanes went three-and-out, but with Malik Rosier on the sideline. The drive: batted pass at the defensive line, short-armed throw to what would have been a wide-open tight end, and a sack.

Pitt punt (9:58 4Q)

Injury note: Jaquan Johnson had his right leg worked on and limped off.

Miami punt (12:31 4Q) 

Better hurry up if you’re gonna get this done, Canes.

Pitt punt (14:03 4Q) 

Miami forced a three-and-out. Can’t fault the defense for this performance.

Miami punt (14:49 4Q) 

The Hurricanes punted on the first play of the fourth quarter. Robert Knowles earned a facemask call on the return. Pitt started at the 35.

END 3Q: Pitt 17, Miami 7

Chris Herndon made a clutch 16-yard catch in traffic on third down, but the Hurricanes, once again, were about to punt as the quarter ended.

Two near-picks and a batted pass (at the defensive line) by Pittsburgh on that drive, plus a delay-of-game call, and a holding call against UM on the kickoff.

Pitt deserves credit. They’re making winning plays.

Injury note: Herndon limped off after making his third-down catch.

Pitt 17, Miami 7 (1:47 3Q)

Kenny Pickett is the first true freshman to start for Pitt since 2007, but you wouldn’t know it.

Pickett hit senior Jester Weah for a 29-yard pickup, and Qadree Ollison scored on a 5-yard pitch.

Miami’s offense, which is on the sideline watching Pitt near the goal line, has 129 yards and 7 points despite the D forcing 2 turnovers. The 3rd quarter is nearly done.

Injury note: Chad Thomas returned to the game, as has Michael Jackson. … Malek Young was helped off.

Miami punt (6:25 3Q)

Pitt defensive tackle Shane Roy broke up a pass, DeeJay Dallas gained a yard on a rush, and Malik Rosier was sacked on third down.

Pitt punt (7:50 3Q)

Miami will start at its 24 after a 52-yard punt by Pitt’s Ryan Winslow, who is having a much better game than Zach Feagles.

Miami punt (9:54 3Q)

Malik Rosier overthrew Ahmmon Richards for a potential big gain, but saved the drive with a 15-yard pickup on third down. He shook a sack attempt and scooted up the sideline.

On third down, he had Braxton Berrios up the seam, but his pass hit a Pitt defender. Wonder if they score that as a PBU.

Crowd is less than half-full, but fired up and chanting “Let’s go Pitt.”

Injury note: Chad Thomas hobbled off the field, favoring his left leg.

Pitt punt (12:19 3Q)


Miami punt (13:56 3Q)

Miami had the ball to start the second half, but looked just like they did in the first half.

Three-and-out, punt.

Also, this at halftime, from Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi, referring to his program’s previous wins over No. 2 teams (West Virginia 2007, Clemson 2016):

Halftime video

HALF: Pitt 10, Miami 7

Miami is being outgained 176-108, 4.6 to 4.0 yards per play. The Canes forced two turnovers, but earned seven points. Malik Rosier (8-of-14, 83 yards, touchdown) has been off, and Pitt true freshman Kenny Pickett (11-of-18, 116 yards, 6-yard rushing touchdown) has completed a few more passes downfield.

About those officials

At the risk of sounding like a homer beat writer (anyone who follows me knows I am not), these officials are … struggling.

Refs, who have missed holding calls on Miami’s DL all day, just called a penalty on Miami’s No. 14. That’s a retired jersey number, worn by reserve QB Vincent Testaverde.

The last time Miami’s DL earned a holding call by an opposing OL was FSU. As of half at Pitt, that was 514 plays ago.

That is objectively bad officiating.

Pitt 10, Miami 7 (0:35 2Q) 

True freshman Kenny Pickett, who has been hit hard a few times by Miami, rushed for a 6-yard touchdown before halftime.

It’s not easy against Miami’s defense, but they moved the ball. Pickett threw a strike to Jester Weah for 22 yards, getting Pitt in field goal range again. A holding call on Michael Jackson, as he defended Weah, put Pitt at the 7. Jackson stayed down after the play, in some kind of pain. It was unclear why.

Miami has a legitimate beef with the officials. Pitt’s offensive line is getting away with several uncalled holds. That’s a regular occurrence against the Hurricanes, but it’s bad today.

Miami … punt? (4:58 2Q)

After Miami’s second turnover, Malik Rosier had Braxton Berrios open down the field on third down, but threw behind him. Punt.

Rosier was more on-target than Zach Feagles, who duffed his punt 13 yards out of bounds. Woof.

The true freshman has had a few bad ones this year. Overall, pretty solid for a first-year guy, but anyone who saw that and his minus-1 yard attempt at Duke knows he has work to do.

Turnover Chain Pt. II (6:44 2Q) 

Sheldrick Redwine forced a fumble with a crunching hit on tight end Chris Clark. Jaquan Johnson dove on it.  Redwine is on fire today.

Pitt’s Quadree Henderson — who had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against UM last year, and an 80-plus-yarder the year before — nearly broke one again, but Robert Knowles made an outstanding play. He was locked up with a blocker, but reached around and dragged down Henderson with one arm.

Miami 7, Pitt 3 (7:03 2Q)

UM found room on the perimeter. Ahmmon Richards’ touchdown catch of 23 yards came after Rosier hit Dayall Harris, Braxton Berrios and Chris Herndon on screens. Herndon busted a couple tackles on a 20-yard gain.

Richards tapped his toe on the sideline and dove over the pylon.

Pitt punt (11:02 2Q) 

A couple drops by Pitt stalled its drive shy of midfield. Miami will start at its 20.

Sheldrick Redwine is having a strong game, with a pass break-up in the end zone and a couple strong tackles here in the first half.

Injury note: Starting Pitt right guard Alex Bookser was slow to get up and came off the field.

Miami punt (13:53 2Q) 

Going three-and-out after a chain appearance is sub-optimal for UM. The slow starts continue for Miami’s offense.

Turnover Chain Pt. I (14:52 2Q) 

On the first play of the second quarter, Pitt fumbled a bad snap.

Michael Pinckney held the chain up to the Canes fans on the near sideline crowd before putting it on.

END 1Q: Pitt 3, Miami o

Miami punted twice in the first quarter, gaining two first downs and 23 total yards (2.1 yards per play). Pitt (81, 4.8) has only a field goal to show for it.

Pitt is trying tricky stuff. Faking a double-crossing end-around and pitching to the running back. Faking an end around the running a jet sweep. Another end around to Quadree Henderson, with a sealed edge, for 18. That got the Panthers into Miami territory, at the UM 31.

Miami punt (3:45 1Q) 

Once again, Miami got a first down, but nothing more. Malik  Rosier and Travis Homer gained a combined 8 yards on three runs.

Pitt will start at its 22.

Pitt 3, Miami o (6:45 1Q) 

Alex Kessman’s 45-yard field goal got Pitt on the board, after Miami lost a field position swing.

A Sheldrick Redwine pass break-up saved a touchdown. Jester Weah got a little space on a deep shot over the middle, and the pass was high.

Wanna know a crazy stat? No opposing kicker has missed a field goal or extra point against Miami this year. 18-18 on FGs, 14-14 on XPs.

Miami punt (8:38 1Q)

Starting at the 6, Miami got a first down but a thunderous sack by Pitt’s Dewayne Hendrix made it third-and-16 at the 10. Jeff Thomas got a step on his man, but couldn’t haul in a deep ball at the 50. He was looking over his shoulder, into the sun.

Pitt’s drive will start at the 45 after a high, 35-yard punt by Zach Feagles. Good pressure by the Panthers there.

Personnel notes: Michael Irvin II made his first career start, with Miami in a double-tight end set.

Pitt punt (11:16 1Q)

We nearly had a Turnover Chain appearance on the opening drive. Amari Carter forced Jester Weah to fumble, but Pitt recovered. Pitt punted.

A hold on Miami brought the ball back to the 6.

True freshman Kenny Pickett starting for Pitt. First newcomer to start at quarterback for Pitt since 2007.


Miami won the toss and deferred.

Pretty sure Miami has lost one coin toss all year.

Game time temp: 43 degrees and clear.

Video from warmups

Pregame links

[Miami-Pitt preview, prediction]

[Canes trying to stay focused in the spotlight]

[CFP chair sees ‘championship’ traits in Canes]

[Photo: Miami’s IPF is coming along]

[Ahmmon Richards ‘flying’ these days]

[Richt feels coaching staff has staying power]

[Diaz named semifinalist for Broyles]

[Tidbits from Richt’s Tuesday presser]

[Can Pitt play spoiler to Miami?]

[Jaquan Johnson having ‘spectacular’ season]

[Rosier is best running QB in Miami history]

[Turnover chain sparks Miami merch madness]

[Rosier close to all-time Miami TD record]

[Miami holds at No. 2 in the polls]

[5 takeaways from Miami-Virginia]

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