Pitt vs. Miami Post Game Notes
Nov. 29, 2013
- On a Senior Day that saw 18 Panthers honored before their final game at Heinz Field in a Pitt uniform, the University of Pittsburgh (6-6, 3-5 ACC) dropped its regular-season finale to the Miami Hurricanes (9-3, 5-3 ACC) by a score of 41-31. The Panthers fought valiantly and won the second half by 11 points, but they couldn't overcome a 31-10 halftime deficit. Miami won its eighth-straight game against Pitt, a streak stretching back to 1997 when both schools were members of the Big East Conference.
- Wide receiver Tyler Boyd became the Pitt all-time freshman receptions leader. Entering the game needing just two catches to surpass Larry Fitzgerald's record of 69 catches in 2002, Boyd finished with nine catches for 98 yards and one touchdown. Boyd now has 77 catches on the season. He also reached the 1,000-yard milestone when he caught his seventh touchdown of the season in the game's final seconds. With 1,001 receiving yards this season, Boyd is the first Panther to achieve that feat since Jon Baldwin in 2009.
- The Pitt rushing attack enjoyed a successful day, tallying 220 yards rushing on 33 attempts. The ground game's effort was led by junior running back Isaac Bennett, who ran for 141 yards on 21 carries, earning his third 100-yard rushing game of the season. Bennett previously topped the century mark against New Mexico and Old Dominion.
- Freshman Rachid Ibrahim also helped the running game with the best game of his Pitt career. Ibrahim recorded career highs in rushing yards (51), receiving yards (37) and scored his first career touchdown with a 23-yard catch in the fourth quarter.
- Pitt had two 90+ yard touchdown drives. Senior quarterback Tom Savage capped a 10-play, 92-yard drive by Pitt in the third quarter with an athletic seven-yard run. Ibrahim then finished a 13-play, 95-yard drive in the fourth quarter with his touchdown catch. The drives were the third and second longest, respectively, this season by yardage for the Panthers, behind only a 15-play, 96-yard drive against North Carolina on Nov. 16.
- In his last game for Pitt at Heinz Field, quarterback Tom Savage topped 200 yards passing for the sixth-consecutive game. He finished 24-of-43 with 281 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
- Savage spread the ball around well this afternoon. Seven different Panthers made catches, including Tyler Boyd (9), J.P. Holtz (4), Manasseh Garner (4), Rachid Ibrahim (3), Kevin Weatherspoon (2), Jaymar Parrish (1) and Isaac Bennett (1).
- Another senior, linebacker Shane Gordon, led the Pitt defensive effort. He tied for a team-high seven tackles and recorded a career-high two tackles for loss.
- Pitt won the time-of-possession battle for a fourth consecutive game, 33:55 to 26:05.
- Pitt also outgained Miami, 501-476. It was the third time this season the Panthers topped 500 yards of offense and the first since they tallied 598 yards against Duke on Sept. 21. However, this was the first time in the Paul Chryst era that the Panthers have gained 500 yards and lost the game. They were previously 5-0 when gaining 500 yards of offense under Chryst.
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