Tampa Bay Sports Day

LOOKING BACK: Hurricanes Preparing for ACC Championship After Loss to Pitt

PITTSBURGH – The Miami Hurricanes saw the longest winning streak in FBS come to an end at 15 games Friday afternoon, falling to Pittsburgh, 24-14, at Heinz Field.

“We hadn’t lost in a while,” coach Mark Richt said. “We’d gone 15 games without a loss, a while since I’d gone into a locker room and do something besides cheer and celebrate. It’s been over a year since we had to do that. I know the guys are hurt. I know I’m hurt. The coaching staff, everyone associated with our program is hurt by it. That’s football. That’s life. The good news is we’re about to play for the ACC championship.”

Miami QB Malik Rosier finished the game 15-for-34 for 187 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He has thrown at least one touchdown pass in each of his 12 career starts and multiple touchdowns in 10 of 12 career starts.

“There’s multiple times where we played lackadaisical in the first half and in the second half we come out and explode and it just didn’t happen,” Rosier said. “That’s something I’ve got to fix. I’ve got to motivate those guys in the first half so the second half doesn’t have to be some type of miracle second half.”

Wide receiver Braxton Berrios posted team highs in receptions, four, and yards, 61. He also hauled in his team-leading ninth touchdown reception of the year. Berrios has now caught touchdowns in eight of the Hurricanes’ 11 games this season. He also has touchdown catches in four of the last five games.

Ahmmon Richards recorded three catches for 47 yards and his third touchdown of the season. His 23-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter opened Miami’s scoring on the afternoon. With three receiving touchdowns this season, Richards has matched his 2016 season touchdown total. His three receiving touchdowns are third-most on the Hurricanes this season.

Defensive end  Sheldrick Redwine led all Hurricanes set a career high with 12 tackles. He also had one forced fumble. Linebacker  Zach McCloud was second on the team and set a career high with 10 tackles.

The turnover chain made two appearances Friday afternoon on first-half fumble recoveries by Michael Pinckney and Jaquan Johnson. Johnson added a forced fumble in the first half, but the Panthers recovered it. He also had six tackles.

“Really a team defensive win. There was a lot of guys that made plays,” Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said. “I just couldn’t be more proud of our kids. For the older guys, for the seniors, that’s one to remember.”

The Hurricanes (10-1, 7-1 ACC) would still be a strong contender for a berth in the College Football Playoff if they beat Clemson in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game next week.