Posted by Tom Fornelli
As I said during the halftime update, this game was not very pretty, but in the end the Miami Hurricanes left Heinz Field with a 31-3 victory over Pitt. The difference in this one was that while Miami cleaned up its act a bit in the second half, the Panthers most certainly did not.
Jacory Harris rebounded from his poor performance in the first half to throw touchdowns over the final two quarters, putting the game out of reach when he found Leonard Hankerson for a 19-yard touchdown early in the third quarter that made the score 17-0 'Canes. Harris and the Hurricanes did suffer a bit of a scare in the fourth quarter when Harris had to leave the game after being sacked. He would return on the next series and finish the night with 248 yards passing.
For Pitt, the best thing I can say is that at least the game is over and that it wasn't a conference loss, so hopes of a Big East title still remain, though at this point winning the Big East is like proclaiming yourself the smartest person on the cast of Jersey Shore. Plus, there's no way this Pitt team can win the Big East -- even if it is horrible -- playing the way it did on Thursday night.
Dion Lewis struggled again, though a large part of it could be blamed on an offensive line that couldn't block a sled. Lewis finished the game with 27 yards on 10 carries. Ray Graham, on the other hand, had another strong night, tallying 100 yards on 10 carries -- though 42 of those yards came on one run in garbage time -- and also picked up 41 yards receiving so it's possible that Graham may see more touches than Lewis in the future.
After all, Graham was running behind the same offensive line as Lewis, yet he still found a way to move the ball. If only there were any other members of the Pitt offense who could do the same.