Miami 41, Pittsburgh 31

The Hurricanes traveled to take on Pittsburgh in cold weather Friday afternoon and came out of the game as 10-point winners.

Miami kept its chances of a 10-win season alive by defeating the Pittsburgh Panthers Friday afternoon.

The Hurricanes made good things happen right away. Pat O'Donnell caused a fumble on the opening kickoff and Garrett Kidd recovered it. Three plays later Stacy Coley hauled in a 32-yard touchdown pass from Stephen Morris to give Miami a 7-0 lead. Morris finished the game with 296 yards, three touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Coley quickly struck again, taking a quick pass and racing 34 yards for his second touchdown of the game less than four minutes in. After Pitt's Isaac Bennett scored from 49 yards out to cut Miami's lead to 14-7, Coley was open on a third down pass but dropped the ball in the endzone. It would have been his third score of the game up to that point. The Canes settled for a 29-yard Matt Goudis field goal to make it 17-7.

Gus Edwards scored from seven yards out early in the second quarter to give Miami a 17-point lead before Pitt added a field goal to cut the lead to 14. Coley struck again just before halftime, taking an end around 73 yards for a long touchdown run. He finished the day with 73 yards receiving, 73 rushing, and three total touchdowns.

Pitt quarterback Tom Savage, who finished the game with 281 yards, two scores, and one interception, found the endzone from seven yards out for the game's lone third quarter score. That made it 31-17 in favor of the Canes heading into the fourth quarter.

After a 39-yard field goal by Goudis early in the 4th, Pitt backup running back Rachid Ibrahim hauled in a 23-yard touchdown pass from Savage to make it a 10-point game again.

Miami wasn't finished, as Asante Cleveland caught a five-yard touchdown pass from Morris with under four minutes to go to make it a 17-point game again. Pitt added a late touchdown but was unable to get the onside kick, as Miami secured its 9th victory of the season.

The Hurricanes finished the regular season with a 9-3 overall record, including a 5-3 mark in the conference. If Duke or Virginia Tech win tomorrow, Miami's next game will be in a bowl game. If both of those teams lose, the Canes will have a rematch against Florida State next Saturday.

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