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Hurricanes snap 4-game losing streak with win over Pittsburgh

Brad Kaaya tallies 5 total touchdowns in homecoming victory

Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya salutes running back Mark Walton after an impressive offensive outing by the 'Canes against Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya salutes running back Mark Walton after an impressive offensive outing by the 'Canes against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – University of Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya shook off the rain Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium as he tossed four touchdowns and ran for another score to help the Hurricanes snap a four-game losing streak with a 51-28 win over Pittsburgh. 

Kaaya, who finished with 356 passing yards, gave the 'Canes a 41-21 lead early in the fourth quarter with a 5-yard touchdown pass to David Njoku.

Running back Mark Walton ran for 125 yards and iced the game with a 55-yard touchdown run that capped the scoring.

Freshman wide receiver Ahmmon Richards hauled in eight catches for 144 yards. 

The UM defense did just enough on a wild and wet afternoon, causing two critical turnovers in the third quarter -- the first on a fumble and the second on a pick by Rayshwan Jenkins in the end zone. 

After the 'Canes forced that Pitt fumble in the early moments of the second half, Kaaya capitalized and tossed a 3-yard strike to Stacy Coley in the back of the end zone for a 34-21 lead. 

The first half was a see-saw battle that was not slowed down by heavy rain.

Kaaya took a 1-yard quarterback plunge with 6:08 left in the second quarter that gave UM the lead at the half, 27-21. 

Pitt took the lead for the first time in the second quarter when quarterback Nathan Peterman threw a short pitch pass to George Aston, who took it 23 yards for the score and a 21-20 lead.

In a wet and wild first quarter, the 'Canes scored on the opening drive of the game as Kaaya found Njoku on a play action pass and Njoku dove over a defender for a 12-yard touchdown.

Despite consistent rain, Kaaya was a perfect 4-for-4 in the opening drive.

Pitt's Quadree Henderson returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, tying the game at 7. 

Kaaya answered with a lob pass to Coley from the 1-yard line for a UM touchdown that made it 14-7 in the first quarter. 

Pitt running back James Conner scored a 12-yard touchdown early in the second quarter to put the Panthers down only 17-14.