Hurricanes snap 4-game losing streak with win over Pittsburgh
Brad Kaaya tallies 5 total touchdowns in homecoming victory
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.
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