Nov 26, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers linebacker Tylar Wiltz (10) tackles Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Colbie Young (88) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Jared Wayne’s 3 receiving TDs lead Pitt’s rout of Miami

Jared Wayne caught 11 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Pittsburgh Panthers to a 42-16 win over the host Miami Hurricanes in an Atlantic Coast Conference game on Saturday night.

Israel Abanikanda, who started the day leading the ACC in rushing, ran for 111 yards on 15 carries — an average of 7.4 yards per carry — and two touchdowns as Pitt (8-4, 5-3 ACC) won its fourth straight game.

Kedon Slovis completed 18 of 28 passes for 256 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for the Panthers, who ended a four-game losing streak in their annual series against the Hurricanes.

Despite the win, the Panthers are 2-12 in their 14 most recent trips to Miami.

Pitt defensive tackle Calijah Kancey, who started the week tied for second in the ACC with 7 1/2, missed the game due to a left shoulder injury.

The Hurricanes (5-7, 3-5), who could’ve gone to a bowl game with a win, finished their season with their worst overall record since 2007.

Miami lost two quarterbacks to injury. Starter Tyler Van Dyke, who suffered a right-shoulder injury against Duke on Oct. 22, tried to make a comeback but lasted just one series against Pitt.

Backup Jacurri Brown was injured in the third quarter.

Jake Garcia finished the game for Miami, completing 17-of-28 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns. He was not intercepted.

Standouts for Miami included tight end Will Mallory, who caught nine passes for 103 yards and one score, and running back Jaylan Knighton, who ran seven times for 72 yards.

Mallory’s touchdown catch was the 14th of his career, which set a Miami record for a tight end.

Pitt led 14-0 after the first quarter and 28-0 at halftime.

On the game’s first possession, Miami drove to Pitt’s 11-yard line. But a Pitt blitz led to Van Dyke throwing an interception right at linebacker SirVocea Dennis, who returned the pick 67 yards to the Miami 30. That led to Abanikanda’s 2-yard TD run.

Wayne then scored on a 66-yard pass play.

The second quarter featured two more Pitt touchdowns: Abanikanda’s 11-yard run and Wayne’s 26-yard reception.

Miami finally got on the board on Andres Borregales’ 25-yard field goal in the third quarter.

Wayne followed that with his third scoring reception, this one from 7 yards, giving Pitt a 35-3 lead.

Mallory got his record-setting touchdown with 11:52 left in the fourth, catching a 4-yard toss from Garcia.

–Field Level Media

Nov 19, 2022; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Clemson Tigers defensive end Justin Mascoll (7) pushes over Miami Hurricanes quarterback Jacurri Brown (11) for a safety during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

Miami takes final shot at bowl eligibility against Pitt

The Miami Hurricanes have one more chance to become bowl eligible, and it will come on Saturday night in an ACC battle against the visiting Pittsburgh Panthers.

Miami (5-6, 3-4) opened as a six-point underdog against Pitt (7-4, 4-3) in what will serve as the regular-season finale for both teams.

The Hurricanes lead the annual series 29-11-1, and has won four in a row over Pitt.

However, Miami is coming off a 40-10 loss at Clemson and has yet to beat a team with a winning record this season.

Pitt, meanwhile, will enter Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium on a three-game winning streak. Those victories were over Syracuse, Virginia and Duke.

Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi said he will have his team practice indoors this week to prepare for Miami’s heat and humidity.

“We’ll turn it up to 70 degrees,” Narduzzi said.

Weather reports indicate it will be in the 80s in Miami on Saturday night.

The Hurricanes struggled against Clemson, gaining 30 yards on 24 runs. Miami’s top two running backs, Henry Parrish Jr. and Jaylan Knighton, combined to rush 12 times for 20 yards.

“We didn’t get a ton of movement up front,” Miami coach Mario Cristobal said in an understatement.

One factor that could swing Saturday’s game would be the return of Miami quarterback Tyler Van Dyke. The Hurricanes are 2-3 since he hurt his throwing shoulder against Duke, and it’s possible he could be back to face Pitt.

In his absence, Miami has turned to true freshman Jacurri Brown, who has flourished as a runner (4.4 average) but has lacked accuracy as a passer (59.5 percent completion rate, three touchdowns, two interceptions).

Pitt quarterback Kedon Slovis hasn’t been great, either, completing 57.8 percent to go with seven touchdown passes and eight interceptions.

The Panthers are powered by running back Israel Abanikanda, who leads the ACC in rushing yards (1,320) and points (116). He has rushed for 18 touchdowns and a 5.9 average.

Pitt’s Jared Wayne ranks fifth in the league with 807 receiving yards.

Defensively, Pitt’s Calijah Kancey leads the league in tackles for loss (14 1/2) and is tied for second in the ACC with 7 1/2 sacks. Teammate SirVocea Dennis has 10 1/2 tackles for loss.

Miami’s Akheem Mesidor has 10 1/2 tackles for loss and is tied for fifth in the league with seven sacks.

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2020; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney reacts during the third quarter against the Miami Hurricanes  at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

No. 9 Clemson scores early, often in easy win over Miami

DJ Uiagalelei passed for 227 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for a game- and career-high 89 yards and a score as Clemson jumped on Miami early and cruised to a 40-10 victory in an Atlantic Coast Conference clash Saturday in Clemson, S.C.

The win gave the No. 9 Tigers (10-1, 8-0 ACC) their 12th consecutive season with at least 10 victories as well as extending their home-field winning streak to an ACC-record 40 consecutive games. It is the ninth time in the program’s history the Tigers have finished undefeated in ACC play.

They end their regular season next Saturday with a nonconference matchup against South Carolina and will play North Carolina in the ACC championship game on Dec. 3.

The Hurricanes (5-6, 3-4 ACC) now need to win their finale at home against Pittsburgh to reach bowl eligibility.

The Tigers held the Hurricanes to 98 yards in total offense with only 30 coming on the ground, both season lows.

Freshman Jacurri Brown, who engineered Miami’s previous week’s 35-14 win over Georgia Tech, struggled in his second start, going just 6-of-13 passing for 53 yards while rushing for just 22 more yards.

Jake Garcia started the fourth quarter and threw a 1-yard pass to Kahlil Brantley for Miami’s only touchdown after Jordan Miller’s 26-yard return of Uiagalelei’s fumble set up the Hurricanes at Clemson’s 10-yard line.

Uiagalelei was 14-of-19 passing for 128 yards in the first half and finished the game 22 of 34 with an interception. The Tigers had only scored a safety in the second half until Will Shipley’s 3-yard touchdown run with 4:40 remaining. Kobe Pace also scored from 1 yard out with 16 seconds left following Trenton Simpson’s strip sack of Garcia at Miami’s 36-yard line.

The Tigers established their defensive dominance early. They held the Hurricanes without a first down in the first quarter and to only 8 yards in total offense for the first half.

Clemson scored touchdowns of three of its first four possessions to put the Hurricanes in an unsurmountable hole. TheTigers finished with 447 total yards with 207 rushing.

–Field Level Media

Nov 12, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets running back Dontae Smith (4) has his face masked grabbed by Miami Hurricanes cornerback Te'Cory Couch (23) as linebacker Wesley Bissainthe (31) attempts to make a tackle in the second quarter at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Miami takes advantage of turnovers to beat Georgia Tech

True freshman Jacurri Brown threw three touchdown passes in his first career start, and safety Kamren Kinchens intercepted three passes, leading the Miami Hurricanes to a 35-14 win over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in an ACC game in Atlanta Saturday.

Miami (5-5, 3-3) intercepted four passes, including one that was returned for a 99-yard touchdown by Kinchens. Tyrique Stevenson had the other interception, and Kinchens leads the ACC with six picks.

Brown, a Georgia native, completed 14-of-19 passes for 136 yards and no interceptions. He also ran 19 times for 87 yards.

His first two TD passes were to tight ends — Will Mallory and Jaleel Skinner. Both tight ends started those plays in the backfield. For Skinner, a true freshman, it was his first career TD.

Brown’s third TD pass went to wide receiver Colbie Young.

Miami running back Jaylan Knighton rushed 16 times for 118 yards and one touchdown.

The Hurricanes were missing several starters, including quarterback Tyler Van Dyke and running back Henry Parrish Jr.

Georgia Tech (4-6, 3-4) was led by true freshman quarterback Zach Pyron, who made his second start, and wide receiver Nate McCollum.

Pyron, who left the game with 13:03 in the fourth quarter due to an apparent injury, led the Jackets with 66 yards rushing. He also completed 12-of-22 passes for 114 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

McCollum caught eight passes for 100 yards and one touchdown.

Miami, which hadn’t scored a touchdown in nine consecutive quarters, ended that drought on the game’s first possession. The Hurricanes went 75 yards on 11 plays, scoring on Brown’s 22-yard pass to Mallory, who beat linebacker Charlie Thomas. Brown was pressured by Sylvain Yondjouen on the play, which was the second pass of the drive.

The Hurricanes went up 14-0 in the second quarter on a 14-play, 93-yard drive. The march ended with a play-action fake and a four-yard TD pass to Skinner. It was only the second completion on the drive.

With 30 seconds left in the half, Pyron threw a nine-yard TD pass toward the back of the end zone to McCollum, beating Stevenson to cut Georgia Tech’s deficit to 14-7. That capped a 15-play, 99-yard TD drive that included three third-down conversions.

But Miami took a 21-7 lead with 7:52 left in the fourth as Brown lobbed a eight-yard TD pass to Young. That capped a 51-yard drive that was set up by Kinchens’ second interception. That pick was off of Jackets backup quarterback Zach Gibson.

Miami put the game away with Knighton’s two-yard TD run and Kinchens’ pick-six.

–Field Level Media

Oct 29, 2022; Charlottesville, Virginia, USA; Miami Hurricanes defensive lineman Antonio Moultrie (44) and Miami Hurricanes linebacker Corey Flagg Jr. hang on to Virginia Cavaliers quarterback Brennan Armstrong in the first half (11) at Scott Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Lee Luther Jr.-USA TODAY Sports

Miami edges Virginia in fourth overtime

Jake Garcia rushed for the game-winning two-point conversion in the fourth overtime to lead Miami to a 14-12 victory against Virginia on Saturday afternoon in Charlottesville, Va.

Garcia, who started for the injured Tyler Van Dyke, completed 15 of 29 passes for 125 yards during what was mostly a defensive struggle as the Hurricanes (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) were held to 272 total yards.

But Miami’s defense stood its ground and Andres Borregales made four field goals, including two in the first two overtime possessions to keep the Hurricanes in it.

Virginia (3-5, 1-4) had a chance to win in the third overtime once the teams had to go for two-point conversion plays.

Antonio Clary intercepted Garcia in the back of the end zone on the Hurricanes’ first two-point conversion try. But the Cavaliers, after a false start penalty backed it up to the 8-yard line, failed to score when Miami’s Tyrique Stevenson broke up a fade pass in the corner of the end zone intended for Dontayvion Wicks.

Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong’s pass into the back of the end zone in the fourth overtime sailed too far and Lavel Davis Jr. caught it out of bounds.

Will Bettridge connected on all four of his field goal attempts for the Cavaliers, including two in OT.

Armstrong by himself outgained Miami’s offense, amassing 275 yards (208 passing and 67 rushing).

The Hurricanes defense recorded five sacks, with the last one coming at a crucial time.

On third-and-4 from Miami’s 19, defensive end Leonard Taylor recorded the Hurricanes’ fifth sack of the game to force a 41-yard try by Bettridge, which he made to tie the game at 12.

Miami forced the overtime by engineering a 13-play, 53-yard drive, which culminated with a 20-yard field goal by Borregales as time expired in regulation.

Henry Parrish Jr. led the Hurricanes with 113 yards on 24 carries.

–Field Level Media

Oct 22, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Henry Parrish Jr. (21) runs with the football during the first quarter against the Duke Blue Devils at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Riley Leonard leads Duke past mistake-prone Miami

Riley Leonard ran for three touchdowns and passed for one, leading Duke to a 45-21 win over the host Miami Hurricanes in an Atlantic Coast Conference game on Saturday afternoon.

Duke (5-3, 2-2 ACC) forced eight turnovers as the Blue Devils scored the game’s final 28 points.

Miami (3-4, 1-2) lost quarterback Tyler Van Dyke to an apparent right-shoulder injury in the second quarter. He completed 11 of 16 passes for 81 yards and one touchdown.

Van Dyke was replaced by Jake Garcia with Duke leading Miami 17-7. Garcia threw two third-quarter TD passes to rally Miami to a 21-17 lead, but Leonard led the Duke comeback.

Duke fumbled on its opening possession as Miami safety James Williams stripped Jalon Calhoun. Williams also recovered the fumble, and that led to a 10-play, 46-yard Miami drive, capped by Van Dyke’s 7-yard TD pass to Colbie Young.

Miami won two video reviews on that drive — on a disputed lateral that was called incomplete and on a fourth-down run that was converted.

But, in the second quarter, Duke started to get the breaks.

A fumble by Miami’s Jaylan Knighton was recovered by Shaka Heyward at the Canes’ 23-yard line. That short field led to Leonard’s 9-yard TD run on a third-and-goal QB draw.

Miami’s Key’Shawn Smith fumbled the ensuing kickoff, recovered by Cameron Bergeron at the Canes’ 22. That led to another Leonard third-and-goal TD run, this time a 5-yarder as he stretched the ball over the line just as he was being tackled.

A third straight Miami fumble — this one on the play that injured Van Dyke — led to Todd Pelino’s 28-yard field goal, giving Duke a 17-7 halftime lead.

Miami scored on its second play of the second half as Garcia threw a 71-yard TD pass to Young, who broke a tackle attempt by Joshua Pickett.

On Duke’s first possession of the second half, receiver Eli Pancol was stripped of the ball by DJ Ivey, who recovered. Three plays later, Miami led 21-17 as Garcia found Will Mallory on a crossing pattern, leading to a 34-yard TD.

Duke regained the lead, 24-21, with 3:38 left in the third quarter as Leonard tossed a two-yard shovel pass to Nicky Dalmolin. That was on fourth-and-goal, and there was also a fourth-and-nine conversion earlier in the drive.

The Blue Devils put the game away with a pair of fourth-quarter TD runs — by Leonard and Jordan Waters — to take a 38-21 lead.

Duke’s Brandon Johnson added a 29-yard pick-six.

Garcia was intercepted three times while completing 13 of 21 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns.

–Field Level Media

Oct 22, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes quarterback Tyler Van Dyke (9) throws the football during the first quarter against the Duke Blue Devils at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Miami QB Tyler Van Dyke (shoulder) exits vs. Duke

Miami Hurricanes quarterback Tyler Van Dyke left Saturday’s game against Duke in the second quarter due to an apparent injury to his right shoulder.

Van Dyke, considered a possible first-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft prior to this season, is doubtful to return.

Van Dyke injured his passing shoulder while being sacked in the second quarter.

Prior to the injury, Van Dyke completed 11 of 16 passes for 81 yards and one touchdown. He was not intercepted.

Van Dyke was replaced by Jake Garcia with Duke leading Miami 17-7.

–Field Level Media

Oct 15, 2022; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA;  Miami Hurricanes quarterback Tyler Van Dyke (9) throws a pass as offensive linemen Logan Sagapolu (77) and Jonathan Denis (56) block during the first quarter against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Miami holds off Virginia Tech to return to win column

Tyler Van Dyke threw two touchdown passes and Miami held off a late Virginia Tech rally in a 20-14 win Saturday afternoon in Blacksburg, Va.

In snapping its three-game losing streak, the Hurricanes (3-3, 1-1) controlled the Hokies for three quarters, before Tech made a late run behind quarterback Grant Wells.

In losing its fourth straight, Tech (2-5, 1-3) gained 257 yards. The Hurricanes registered six sacks, including 3 1/2 from Akheem Mesidor.

Miami’s dominance came despite committing 17 penalties that covered 159 yards. The mistakes fueled both of Tech’s touchdown drives in the fourth quarter.

Tech’s first touchdown came at the start of the fourth quarter as Malachi Thomas caught a pass in the flat from Wells and beat a defender to the end zone pylon. The 14-yard play capped a 65-yard drive and cut Miami’s lead to 20-7.

Later in the quarter, Wells scored on a 3-yard run to finish up a drive that included back-to-back 15-yard penalties against the Hurricanes.

The score made it 20-14 with 3:20 to go but they never regained possession again as Van Dyke completed a third-down strike to Frank Ladson Jr. and optioned for another first down as Miami ran out the clock.

Operating behind a line that was missing injured starters at center and guard, Van Dyke completed 27 of 44 passes for 288 yards without an interception.

Van Dyke’s top target, Colbie Young had nine receptions, including two one-handed catches in the first half, one setting up Miami’s first touchdown and the other accounting for the Hurricane’s second score.

Van Dyke was in fine form from the start. His first three passes covered 72 yards as Miami scored on its opening possession. After Young made his one-handed catch for 37 yards, Ladson Jr. followed with a 5-yard touchdown grab in the back of the end zone for a 7-0 lead.

The Hurricanes’ next march was more methodical as they used 18 plays to traverse 71 yards and produce a 28-yard field goal for Andres Borregales, his first of two in the game.

Miami extended its lead to 17-0 with an 80-yard drive in the second quarter capped by a 17-yard touchdown pass from Van Dyke to Young.

Wells finished 21-of-33 for 179 yards.

–Field Level Media

Sep 24, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes quarterback Tyler Van Dyke (9) signals behind his offense during the first half against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Miami, Virginia Tech trying to emerge from slumps

Miami hired Mario Cristobal to revive the sagging fortunes of the Hurricanes. Virginia Tech brought in Brent Pry to do the same with the Hokies.

How is it going lately for the new Atlantic Coast Conference coaches? Not well.

On Saturday afternoon when Miami (2-3, 0-1) visits Virginia Tech (2-4, 1-2) in Blacksburg, Va., it will be a matchup of two teams mired in three-game losing streaks.

Last weekend, while Miami was falling at home to North Carolina, 27-24, Virginia Tech was on the wrong side of a 45-29 verdict at Pittsburgh.

The Hokies’ loss was most humbling as they surrendered 320 yards and six touchdowns to Panthers back Israel Abanikanda. It was the most rushing yards a player has ever rolled up in one game against Tech.

“We missed a couple of tackles that were critical that led to explosive runs,” Pry said. “Anytime you let the ball outside your defense, you’ve got issues. We didn’t edge the defense well enough.”

Help is on the way for Virginia Tech’s edge defense, however, as linebacker Alan Tisdale makes his first appearance this year after clearing up an unspecified eligibility issue.

Tisdale shores Tech up at will linebacker, a trouble spot for this year, according to Pry. Tisdale is one of the most experienced Hokies, registering 195 tackles over the past three seasons.

Helping boost the Hokies offense is Malachi Thomas. The running back, who missed the first five games with a leg injury, produced 84 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries in his return against Pitt.

The positive last week for Miami was the play of quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, who passed for 496 yards and three touchdowns. At a school with a long list of quality quarterbacks, Van Dyke’s passing yardage was the second most in program history.

It was a nice rebound after Van Dyke struggled in a 45-31 loss to Middle Tennessee State, throwing interceptions on his first two passes — including a pick-six that gave the Blue Raiders the lead for good. By the third quarter, Van Dyke had been benched.

Cristobal said he looks for a strong start at Virginia Tech. During the three-game skid the Hurricanes have not held a lead.

“I wish it came bottled up and you pour it out there and you knew what you were going to get,” Cristobal said. “You want to make sure your team is mentally revved up, but not anxious. Anxiety is the killer of peak performance. We really do spend a lot of time on mental preparation.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 8, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels defensive back Tony Grimes (1) tackles Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Frank Ladson Jr. (8) during the first half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Storry-USA TODAY Sports

North Carolina holds on to edge Miami, 27-24

Drake Maye passed for 309 yards and two touchdowns, leading the North Carolina to a 27-24 win over host Miami in an ACC duel on Saturday afternoon.

Maye, intercepted twice, completed 19 of 28 passes to lead UNC (5-1, 2-0 ACC). The Heels have won four straight games against the Canes.

Miami (2-3, 0-1), which has lost three straight games, was led by Tyler Van Dyke, who completed 42 of 57 passes for 497 yards and three touchdowns. He was not intercepted until Miami’s final offensive snap.

The Canes also got eight catches and 119 yards from tight end Will Mallory.

UNC raced to a 21-7 lead with 1:31 left in the second quarter. The Heels’ first two touchdowns came on drives of 95 and 99 yards, respectively.

It started with a 74-yard pass from Maye to J.J. Jones, who got behind a busted coverage on a third-and-3 play.

Maye then threw deep down the middle of the field for a 52-yard completion to Antoine Green to the Miami 2-yard line. From there, Omarion Hampton broke through for a stellar TD run and a 14-0 lead.

Miami got on the board on Van Dyke’s bullet throw to Key’Shawn Smith, who scored on a 20-yard slant with 5:50 left in the second quarter.

UNC answered with Maye’s 15-yard flip to Josh Downs for a 21-7 advantage.

Miami then drove 72 yards on nine plays in just 63 seconds. All the positive plays on the drive were passes, including Van Dyke’s 7-yard TD throw to Henry Parrish Jr.

After Keontra Smith intercepted Maye, Miami drove 29 yards in 21 seconds. On the final play of the second quarter, Andres Borregales booted a 38-yard field goal to cut UNC’s lead to 21-17.

The second half started with Miami safety Kamren Kinchens’ interception, UNC stopping the Canes on fourth-and-3 near midfield and the Heels taking a 24-17 lead on Noah Burnette’s 38-yard field goal.

Miami was in position to tie the score with 12:31 left in the fourth quarter, but Jaylan Knighton fumbled on a third-down run. Cedric Gray forced the fumble, recovered by Gio Biggers at the UNC 17.

UNC drove and turned that into a 19-yard Burnette field goal and a 27-17 lead.

Miami cut its deficit to 27-24 on Van Dyke’s 16-yard TD pass to Colbie Young.

The Canes seemed to recover the ensuing on-sides kick, but Miami’s Al Blades Jr. was ruled out of bounds as he batted the ball.

–Field Level Media