Miami rolls to big win at Pittsburgh
The No. 19 Hurricanes dominate the host Panthers, 31-3, in a battle of former conference foes.
Seven years after they last played as Big East Conference members, nothing’s changed at all in the MiamiPitt series.
Jacory Harris led quick touchdown drives to start each half and No. 19 Miami dominated host Pittsburgh much like it did when the schools were conference rivals, winning, 31-3, on Thursday night.
Harris had two more floater-type interceptions like the four he threw in the Hurricanes’ 36-24 loss to No. 2 Ohio State two weeks ago, but he shook them off and passed for two scores and 248 yards while going 21 for 32. Damien Berry did the rest by running for 87 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in an offense that outgained Pitt’s, 348-232.
The Hurricanes (2-1), faster, deeper and more athletic than the Panthers (1-2), never gave Pitt quarterback
Tino Sunseri any time to throw in his third college start, and he was pulled in the fourth quarter after completing eight of 15 passes for 61yards.
Dion Lewis, the nation’s leading returning rusher, was given little running room by an overwhelmed offensive line and ended with 41 yards on 12 carries. Lewis, coming off a 1,799-yard season as a freshman, has been held to 143 yards in three games. Looking to improve North Carolina Coach
Butch Davis said his program is trying to do more to monitor what players are doing and who they are associating with in the wake of an NCAA investigation.
The status of 10 players remains in doubt for this weekend’s game at Rutgers as the NCAA reviews agent-related benefits and possible academic misconduct. Two players, cornerback Kendric Burney and safety Deunta
Williams, earned six-and four-game suspensions from the NCAA on Wednesday for improper benefits tied to several trips.
Davis said before Thursday afternoon’s practice that the program has also worked to educate players and their families about NCAA rules regarding benefits, though he said, “Obviously we’ve got to do a better job.”
South Carolina linebacker Shaq Wilson is expected to play when the 12th-ranked Gamecocks play host to No. 17 Auburn on Saturday. Wilson was the team’s top tackler last season but has missed the Gamecocks’ first three games because of a hamstring injury.