Canes coast past Pitt, 31-3

The Hurricanes used an excellent defensive effort to defeat Pittsburgh by the score of 31-3 on Thursday night.

Miami's offense had a hard time getting going for most of the night, despite Pittsburgh playing without their best defensive player.

That's why it was a good thing that Miami's defense came alive and played its best game of the season. Led by junior linebacker Sean Spence (9 tackles, 2.5 for loss), the Hurricanes smothered Pitt's offense for most of the night.

The Panthers finished with just 238 total yards. Running back Dion Lewis, who went for over 1,500 yards as a freshman last season, finished the game with just 41 yards. Wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt's top player, finished with just three catches for 26 yards.

Senior running back Damien Berry finished the game with 21 carries for 87 yards and one score, leading the ground game for the Canes. Freshman Lamar Miller had 31 yards on eight carries, and a touchdown.

Jacory Harris threw two first half interceptions but came out and played a very good second half. He finished the game 21-of-32 for 248 yards and two scores.

Junior wide receiver Travis Benjamin led the way for the Hurricanes at receiver, catching six passes for 96 yards and one touchdown. Senior Leonard Hankerson added a touchdown reception as well.

The Hurricanes jumped out to a 10-0 halftime lead and was leading 17-0 into the fourth before putting two more offensive touchdowns on the board.

This game marked the second time in three tries that the defense didn't allow an opposing touchdown. For the season, Miami has allowed just one touchdown drive of more than 30 yards.

The Hurricanes are 2-1 on the season and will have eight days off before traveling to take on Clemson in the ACC opener next Saturday.

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