Pitt vs Miami Game Notes

PITT (4-7, 2-5 ACC) vs. No. 2/2 MIAMI (10-0, 7-0 ACC)

November 24, 2017 • Noon, ET

Heinz Field (68,400/Natural Grass) • Pittsburgh, Pa.

ABC-TV • Pitt IMG Sports Radio Network

PittsburghPanthers.com • @Pitt_FB • #MIAvsPITT

LINK (PDF): Pitt Game Notes (vs. Miami)

GAME STORYLINES

• Pitt will close its 2017 regular season with an ABC television spotlight and the challenge of facing ACC Coastal Division champ Miami, ranked No. 2 nationally by both the Associated Press and USA Today Amway Coaches Poll.

  • The No. 2 Hurricanes are the highest-ranked team Pitt has hosted at Heinz Field in 16 years. Coincidentally, that opponent was also Miami, ranked No. 1 in both polls when the teams met on Sept. 27, 2001. The Hurricanes won, 43-21, en route to an undefeated (12-0) national title year.
  • Pitt last played a team ranked this high just last season. The Panthers faced No. 3/2 Clemson in Death Valley on Nov. 12, 2016, handing the eventual national champion Tigers their only defeat, 43-42.
  • Clemson marked the highest-ranked foe Pitt had beaten since its 13-9 win at West Virginia on Dec. 1, 2007, costing WVU a BCS title game appearance.
  • Fourteen seniors will be making their final appearance at Heinz Field when the Panthers host Miami. Of note: this week’s projected Pitt starting lineup (24 positions with two specialists) lists only seven seniors, including two who are listed as co-starters.
  • Junior tailback Darrin Hall has rushed for more than 100 yards in three of the Panthers’ past four contests. Hall is averaging 122.5 yards over this span, totaling 490 yards and eight touchdowns on 87 carries (5.6 avg.).
  • The Panthers will need to prioritize minimizing turnovers when facing the Hurricanes’ ball-hawking defense. Miami ranks No. 1 in the country in turnover margin, forcing 27 and surrendering just 11 (+16, 1.60 margin per game).
  • Pitt’s 2017 roster has 14 players from the state of Florida. Eight of those players are listed in this week’s projected two-deep on offense and defense.

SERIES NOTES
This is the 37th meeting between Pitt and Miami in a series that dates back to 1950…it is the fifth Atlantic Coast Conference game between the two schools…the Panthers and Hurricanes meet annually as members of the ACC’s Coastal Division…Miami leads the all-time series, 25-10-1…the Panthers are 5-14 against the Hurricanes in Pittsburgh and 5-11-1 in games played on the road…Miami has won each of the last two meetings: 51-28 at Hard Rock Stadium last season and 29-24 at Heinz Field in 2015…in 2014, Pitt snapped an eight-game losing streak in the series with a 35-23 triumph in Miami Gardens…it was Pitt’s first win over Miami since 1997 and the Panthers’ first road win in the series since 1963…in 1997, the Panthers defeated the No. 21 Hurricanes, 21-17, at Pitt Stadium in front of a Thursday night ESPN television audience…prior to the ’97 encounter, the Panthers had not defeated Miami since a 36-19 win in Pitt Stadium in 1976, the year Pitt stormed to a 12-0 record and the national title.

 ROADCAST INFORMATION

Television • ABC-TV (WTAE, Ch. 4, in Pittsburgh)

Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Brock Huard (analyst), Allison Williams (reporter)

Pitt Radio • 93.7 The Fan & the Pitt IMG Sports Network

Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play), Pat Bostick (analyst), Larry Richert (reporter)

National Radio • Sports USA Media

Josh Appel (play-by-play), Doug Plank (analyst)

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Sirius Channel 84, XM Channel 84, Internet Channel 84

WPTS Radio (Pitt Student Station) • 92.1 FM

Pitt IMG Sports Network Online Audio Options

PittsburghPanthers.com

Pitt Panthers Gameday App

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