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The world knows “The U” this year for the turnover chain that has became very popular among media when the team creates turnovers
Well unfortunately today, Miami will be known for more than the chain.
Miami came into this game as #2 in the nation and Pitt came in as one of the stronger under .500 teams, with a history of being unranked and beating ranked teams. More Importantly, AP Top 3 teams.
However this game was turned upside without Miami causing a turnover AND a choice by head coach Mark Richt that may have changed the course of the game.
Malik Rosier had an off game going 15/34 with 187 yards, 2 TD’s and 0 INT. Even with those numbers coach Richt pulled Rosier in favor of Sophomore Evan Shirreffs who only threw 2 passes and ran for -2 yards before being pulled for Rosier.
As for Pitt’s QB situation, True Freshman Kenny Pickett put on a show scoring 3 touchdowns (1 in the air, 2 on the ground), throwing for 193 yards and 0 INT’s. Pickett was equally impressive on the ground as he ran for 60 yards and the 2 scores.
The running back game for Miami was abysmal as Malik Rosier and Evan Shirreffs were 2 of the 4 people who recorded rushing yards, and Travis Homer was the highest totaled RB with 12 yards on the ground. However for Pitt they had two rushers over 50 yards starting with Qadree Ollison who had 62 yards on 14 carries, along with Kenny Pickett who went 13 for 60 on the ground.
Miami’s big receiving play came within the last 5 minutes of the 4th quarter when Rosier came back in and found Braxton Berrios on a 39 yard strike which put the score at 24-14 Pitt.
There was a shrewd of hope with 2:16 left in the game when Miami lined up for an onside kick and it bounced off the hands of Jordan Whitehead and was landed on by a Miami player.
The comeback looked to be on after the onside kick but after a couple of offensive plays, Rosier dropped back and was hit by Avonte Maddox and the fumble was recovered by Dewayne Hendrix which basically sealed the game up for Pitt.
The biggest question after this game is how the AP Top 4 will stack out after this huge loss. Given none of the other Top 4 lose we could see Wisconsin move up into the Top 4. Who knows what else we will see this weekend after this huge impactful game.
Tune into the AP Top 25 rankings Tuesday night where the Top 6 will be unveiled.