Posted by Tom Fornelli
Here's a couple of things that both Dave Wannstedt and Randy Shannon wanted to see from their teams tonight.
Shannon wanted Jacory Harris to limit turnovers and make better decisions with the ball following his four-interception performance against Ohio State.
Dave Wannstedt wanted to see his offensive line improve and open up running lanes for his running backs.
Well, at halftime, neither coach is going to be very happy but at least Randy Shannon can say he has a ten-point lead.
In a game that isn't going to win any beauty contests, Jacory Harris has thrown two interceptions -- including one in the end zone -- while Pitt has managed 76 total yards. I'd say it's been ugly, but I wouldn't want to insult ugly.
Miami's touchdown came on their opening drive as the Canes went 80 yards in ten plays before Damien Berry punched it in from a yard out. They added a field goal midway through the second quarter, and if it weren't for Harris' turnovers, odds are that Miami would have this game well in hand by now.
As for Pitt, well, what can I really say? There are around 300 former Panthers in attendance at this game and every single one of them is probably embarrassed by what they've seen. The Panthers didn't pick up a first down until the 7:30 mark of the second quarter, going three and out on their first five "drives."
The Panthers offensive line is just getting destroyed by the Miami defense and Tino Sunseri has spent most of his time just trying not to get killed.
That being said, Pitt still only trails by ten at the break, but unless Jacory Harris keeps turning the ball over it doesn't look like the Panthers have much of a chance.