PITTSBURGH (AP) — Miami spent the better part of 13 months putting together the nation's longest winning streak behind a series of comebacks that returned the swagger to "The U" in all of its "Turnover Chain" glory. The second-ranked Hurricanes can only hope their shot at College Football Playoff berth isn't gone too.
Sluggish throughout the first half against Pittsburgh on Friday, the Hurricanes figured they'd come out for the third quarter, hit the gas and survive just the way they've done time and again during their rebirth under second-year coach Mark Richt. Freshman quarterback Kenny Pickett ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as the Panthers pulled out a decisive 24-14 stunner that sent Miami reeling into next week's ACC title game showdown with defending national champion Clemson.
"If we win and we don't, that's just something we have to live with.
It was our play that got us to where we're at." THE TAKEAWAY Miami: The Hurricanes may have that glittery record and marquee wins over Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, but they've lived dangerously all year.
“I like balls going in the basket,’’ Martelli said.
Princeton (0-3) lost a lot from its Ivy League championship team, but the Tigers still have the versatile Devin Cannady who lit up the Hawks for 17 points in the first half, but finally cooled off late on his way to 22. Joe’s shot 54.2 percent in the second half and committed just one turnover after having only three in the first half. “Oh my God, he can really shoot it,’’ Newkirk said. “Taylor Funk had a great game,’’ Hawks senior James Demery said.
Defense is another matter, so much so that Martelli has his team playing more zone than at any time in memory."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, how many teams lost a game on a Friday and came back and got in the top four?Their uninspired performance with a perfect season at stake probably closes the door on two ACC teams getting into the playoff.Pitt: The Panthers (5-7) will miss a bowl game for the first time since 2007, but the future is promising.
The 6-9 Funk, a sensational three-point shooter who just happens to wear the No.