Boxscore
Miami 31, Pittsburgh 3
Thursday, September 23, 2010 7:30 PM
Location - Heinz Field
Attendance - 58115

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Miami 7 3 7 14 31
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 3 3

Recap

No. 19 Miami emphatically whipped Pittsburgh 31-3 Thursday night at Heinz Field.

From the opening drive, the Hurricanes (2-1) played at a faster pace than the Panthers. Damien Berry’s 1-yard touchdown run capped a quick 10-play, 80-yard drive that put Miami up 7-0 early in the first quarter. The Hurricanes took a 10-0 lead into halftime, but it could have been worse. Quarterback Jacory Harris threw two interceptions in the first half--his fifth and sixth of the season--including one in the Pittsburgh end zone.

It didn’t matter. The Panthers (1-2) couldn’t do anything against Miami’s defense. Pittsburgh didn’t pick up its initial first down until late in the second quarter. Dave Wannstedt's team turned the ball over three times and had little success on the ground. Quarterback Tino Sunseri completed  8-of-14 passes for 61 yards and was pulled for backup Pat Bostick in the fourth quarter.

Playing their first game without defensive leader Greg Romeus (back surgery), the Panthers struggled to slow down Miami’s offense.  Harris had ample time to look downfield to his talented receiving corps.  He connected with Leonard Hankerson on a 19-yard toucdown pass push the lead to 17-0 early in the third quarter. Harris finished 21 of 32 for 248 yards and two touchdowns.

Pittsburgh had a chance to get back in the game early in the fourth quarter, but Miami capitalized on a muffed punt and put the game away with a Harris-to-Travis Benjamin touchdown pass that made it 24-3 with 10:53 to play. Lamar Miller's short touchdown run accounted for the final score.

Miami travels to Clemson to open ACC play on Oct 2. Pittsburgh will try to bounce back at home against Florida International on Oct. 2
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 11:35
Miami   TD  Pittsburgh 0 - Miami 7
2nd Quarter - 8:28
Miami   FG  Pittsburgh 0 - Miami 10
3rd Quarter - 11:54
Miami   TD  Pittsburgh 0 - Miami 17
4th Quarter - 14:27
Pittsburgh   FG  Pittsburgh 3 - Miami 17
4th Quarter - 10:53
Miami   TD  Pittsburgh 3 - Miami 24
4th Quarter - 3:16
Miami   TD  Pittsburgh 3 - Miami 31
TEAMS

Team Records

  Miami Pittsburgh
W/L 2 - 1 - 0 1 - 2 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Miami Pittsburgh
Score 31 3
First Downs 20 11
3rd Down Efficiency 5-for-12
42%
4-for-15
27%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 348 232
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 34-100 36-128
Average/Rush 2.9 3.6
Passing
Comp-Att 21-32 13-24
Passing Yards 248 104
Average/Pass Play 7.3 3.6
Penalties-Yards 8-78 9-53
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1
Interceptions Thrown 2 2
Time of Possession 27:56 32:04

PLAYER STATS

Miami (2 - 1)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Harris 21/32 248 2 2
Pittsburgh (1 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. Sunseri 8/15 61 0 0
P. Bostick 5/9 43 0 2
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Berry 21 87 4.1 1
L. Miller 8 31 3.9 1
K. Thompkins 1 -6 -6.0 0
J. Harris 4 -12 -3.0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
R. Graham 14 100 7.1 0
D. Lewis 12 41 3.4 0
T. Sunseri 7 14 2.0 0
C. Burns 1 0 0.0 0
P. Bostick 1 -9 -9.0 0
G. Cross 1 -18 -18.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
T. Benjamin 6 96 16.0 1
L. Byrd 6 69 11.5 0
L. Hankerson 3 36 12.0 1
D. Berry 2 18 9.0 0
A. Johnson 1 17 17.0 0
R. Gordon 2 11 5.5 0
M. James 1 1 1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
R. Graham 3 41 13.7 0
J. Baldwin 3 26 8.7 0
M. Shanahan 3 19 6.3 0
D. Lewis 2 7 3.5 0
C. Saddler 1 6 6.0 0
D. Street 1 5 5.0 0
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