Mi­ami rolls to big win at Pitts­burgh

Los Angeles Times - - Sports - as­so­ci­ated press

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.

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