Pitt ends Miami’s perfect season with stunning upset
Miami’s perfect season is over. The Hurricanes can only hope their shot at a spot in the College Football Playoff isn’t gone too.
Freshman quarterback Kenny Pickett ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as Pittsburgh stunned the second-ranked Hurricanes, 24-14, Friday at Pittsburgh. Pickett bulled over from 6 yards in the first half, flipped a 5-yard shovel pass to Qadree Ollison in the third quarter to put the Panthers up 10, and gave Pitt all the cushion it would need with a 22-yard fourth-down sprint to the end zone with 2:54 remaining.
Pickett completed 18 of 29 passes for 193 yards and the one score while adding 60 yards rushing in his first career start as Pitt (5-7, 3-5 ACC) finished a disappointing season with a stunner that could put a dent in the Hurricanes’ national title hopes.
Miami’s Malik Rosier completed 15 of 34 for 187 yards and two scores but was ineffective for most of the day, even briefly getting replaced by backup Evan Schirreffs in the fourth quarter. The Hurricanes (10-1, 7-1) were held to a season-low 229 yards.
The Hurricanes stressed that they’d learned their lesson after spotting Virginia a two-touchdown lead last week before recovering to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 15 games. Yet Miami walked onto the Heinz Field turf in a weird spot.
The ACC Coastal Division champions are well aware that their meeting with No. 4 Clemson in the conference championship game next Saturday will serve as the ultimate arbiter on whether they are worthy of consideration for the College Football Playoff, making the visit to Pittsburgh possibly irrelevant regardless of the outcome if the Hurricanes beat the defending national champions in Charlotte.
‘‘I still think there’s an awful lot to play for,’’ Miami coach Mark Richt said. ‘‘We have no idea what’s going to happen in the big picture.”
TCU 45, Baylor 22 — Kenny Hill threw three TD passes and ran for another score as the No. 10 Horned Frogs (10-2, 7-2) rolled in Fort Worth and clinched a spot opposite Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game on Dec. 2. TCU announced after the game that coach Gary Patterson had signed a contract extension through the 2023 season.
Missouri 48, Arkansas 45 — Moments after the Tigers beat the host Razorbacks on Tucker McCann’s 19-yard field goal with five seconds remaining, Arkansas fired coach Bret Bielema. The Razorbacks are 4-8 this year and went 29-34 in five seasons under Bielema.
Minnesota 69, UMass 51 — The 14th-ranked Golden Gophers never trailed in winning their sixth straight game to start the season, handling the Minutemen in the first game of the Barclays Center Classic in New York.
Luwane Pipkins led UMass (3-2) with 18 points. His layup and free throw cut Minnesota’s lead to 18-14 with 8:04 left in the first half, but the Golden Gophers ended the opening 20 minutes with a 22-7 run.
‘‘I thought we were timid,’’ UMass coach Matt McCall said. ‘‘I thought we were scared at times.’’
The Minutemen shot 32 percent from the field and committed 15 turnovers that led to 24 points by Minnesota.
Harvard 77, Saint Joseph’s 71 — Chris Lewis and Bryce Aiken scored 21 point apiece to lead the Crimson (3-3) past the Hawks (2-3) in the Wooden Legacy tournament in Fullerton, Calif. Harvard’s Robert Baker had 14 points and 11 boards for his first career double-double.
Utah State 71, Northeastern 67 — Vasa Pusica scored a career-high 27 points for the Huskies (2-3) — including a full-court, buzzer-beating turnaround before halftime — but NU couldn’t overcome the Aggies (3-3) in the PK80 tournament at Nashville.
Northeastern 64, UMass 54 — Jess Genco scored 18 points and Stella Clark had 16 to pace the Huskies (3-2) past the Minutewomen (2-3) in the inaugural UMass Thanksgiving Classic at Mullins Center.
Northeastern 3, Wisconsin 2 — Aerin Frankel made 39 saves to lead the Huskies (8-7-2) to an upset of the top-ranked Badgers (16-1-0) in the D1 in DC tournament in Arlington, Va.
BU 5, Minnesota State 2 — Also at the D1 in DC event, the Terriers (5-6-2) got three goals and an assist from Victoria Bach, her second hat trick in her last three games.
Providence 3, Maine 0 — Ryan Tait had a pair of goals for the 10th-ranked Friars (8-4-1, 5-3-1 Hockey East) in their opening game at the Friendship Four tournament in Belfast.