Ravens' morale-crushing loss affects shot at division title
The Baltimore Ravens hadn't allowed a touchdown for the entire game, yet still needed one more defensive stand to beat the rival Pittsburgh Steelers and stay on course to win the AFC North. Forced to carry the load on a team with an offense that has struggled for weeks to get into the end zone, Baltimore's overworked defense wilted down the stretch against Steelers rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett. After going 59 minutes without reaching the end zone, Pittsburgh took its first lead of the game Sunday night when Pickett connected with Najee Harris with 56 seconds remaining to provide the Steelers with a 16-13 victory.news.yahoo.com
Harris' widow on field in Pittsburgh as his No. 32 retired
The Pittsburgh Steelers retired Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris' No. 32 during a bittersweet ceremony on Saturday night at halftime of their game against the Las Vegas Raiders. The long-planned honor came three days after Harris died at age 72 and one day after the 50th anniversary of “The Immaculate Reception” Harris pulled off in a playoff victory over the Raiders. Harris' widow, Dana Dokmanovich, and their son, Dok, joined Steelers president Art Rooney II on stage while many of Harris' former teammates, coaches and rivals-turned-friends stood nearby.news.yahoo.com
Steelers QB Rudolph eyeing one last shot in Pittsburgh
Mason Rudolph has spent four-plus seasons being whatever the Pittsburgh Steelers have asked him to be. Agreeing to a one-year extension in hopes of being Roethlisberger's successor only to have the Steelers spend last spring signing one quarterback and drafting another. Of course, Rudolph would love to get the nod if rookie Kenny Pickett isn't cleared from the concussion protocol in time to play Sunday at Carolina.news.yahoo.com
Steelers' Mike Tomlin outlines how Kenny Pickett's concussion played out, says QB 'was cleared to continue'
Mike Tomlin says Pickett's availability for Sunday will depend on whether he is cleared to practice during the week. The rookie is in concussion protocol for the second time this year.foxnews.com
Week 7 Dolphins vs Steelers
Question from @Cam3ronSparks – Which individual matchup(s) are you looking forward to the most this week vs Steelers? Kenny Pickett is averaging 8.1 yards per pass against the blitz compared to 5.6 against rushes of four or fewer. Then, whatever the plan for running back Najee Harris turns out to be is a fascinating sub-plot to this game. Maybe it’s a surprise to fans that saw him for the first time in that Week 1 game against New England, but he had been trending that way for months. He discussed Hill’s competitive nature, how he’s wired and the impact it has on the rest of the room.communitynewspapers.com
‘Canes in the NFL: Week 4 update
The University of Miami has developed a reputation for producing high-level NFL talent over the last three decades. Former ‘Canes played well on both sides of the ball in Week 4. Njoku and the Browns (2-2) will host the Los Angeles Chargers (2-2) in Week 5. Michael Badgley: Kicker, Chicago BearsThe former Miami Hurricanes kicker was signed to the Bears’ active roster on Saturday after Cairo Santos was ruled out with an injury. Campbell and the Ravens (2-2) will host the Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) on Sunday Night Football in Week 5.themiamihurricane.com
And they're off! Steelers QB derby begins in earnest
It's why the longtime Pittsburgh Steelers coach is in no rush to announce a starting quarterback. Or spend the next six weeks giving daily updates on who might be in the lead to replace the retired Ben Roethlisberger. Tomlin knows the situation will not sort itself out on Twitter or the internet or sports talk radio or debate shows but the practice field.news.yahoo.com
Steelers finish on-the-fly offensive retool with draft picks
The on-the-fly retooling of the Pittsburgh Steelers offense is nearly complete. Outgoing general manager Kevin Colbert ended his 20-plus-year tenure with the organization by investing heavily in offensive skill players in his final draft, with the hope that his still-unnamed successor is well-positioned for the future. Throw them into the mix with the top of the 2021 draft class that featured running back Najee Harris and tight end Pat Freiermuth and it's clear the Steelers have loaded up on young and relatively inexpensive talent (at least in the short-term).news.yahoo.com
Pickett's path from Pitt to the Steelers a lengthy journey
Kenny Pickett did the math 16 months ago. The University of Pittsburgh quarterback could have entered the 2021 draft and taken his chances, knowing he likely wouldn't have heard his name called until the third day. Pickett even went through the whole Senior Day thing at Heinz Field in November 2020.news.yahoo.com
Defense, QBs shine in National's 20-10 Senior Bowl win
The pass rushers did their best to steal the show from quarterbacks Desmond Ridder and Kenny Pickett in the Senior Bowl. Cincinnati's Ridder threw two touchdown passes and the National team had eight sacks in a 20-10 victory over the American team Saturday. “We didn't come out here to lollygag through it," Minnesota defensive lineman Boye Mafe said.news.yahoo.com
Thorne leads No. 11 Spartans past No. 13 Pitt in Peach Bowl
Payton Thorne’s 22-yard touchdown pass to Jayden Reed gave No. 11 Michigan State the lead with less than three minutes remaining and the Spartans overcame an 11-point deficit to beat No. 13 Pittsburgh 31-21 on Thursday night in the Peach Bowl.
Wake Forest coach: NCAA should review rules on fake slides
Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said the NCAA needs to review its rules on whether quarterbacks should be allowed to “fake slide” after escaping the pocket. Clawson’s statement came after his team’s 45-21 loss to Pittsburgh in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday night in which Panthers quarterback Kenny Pickett used a fake slide to freeze defenders and run for a 58-yard touchdown on the game’s first possession. After Pickett broke containment on a third-down run, he briefly stutter-stepped and pretended to slide after picking up the first down.news.yahoo.com
No. 17 Pitt rolls by No. 18 Wake Forest 45-21 for ACC title
Kenny Pickett accounted for three touchdowns and Erick Hallett II returned one of Pittsburgh’s four interceptions for a touchdown to help the No. 17 Panthers beat No. 18 Wake Forest 45-21 in Saturday night’s Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
Chandler, Tar Heels rally past No. 10 Demon Deacons, 58-55
Ty Chandler ran for career highs of 213 yards and four touchdowns and North Carolina overcame an 18-point deficit to beat No. 10 Wake Forest 58-55 on Saturday, handing the Demon Deacons their first loss in a nonconference matchup of instate Atlantic Coast Conference teams.
Van Dyke’s career afternoon fuels Hurricanes’ 38-34 upset victory in Pittsburgh
At the start of the 2021 season, second-year freshman quarterback Tyler Van Dyke wasn’t expected to be battling the premier quarterbacks of the Atlantic Coast Conference. But from one Top 20-ranked opponent to the next, Van Dyke led the Miami Hurricanes into battle for every ounce of momentum on Saturday. “What an extraordinary football game,” Miami head coach Manny Diaz said. I was confident in all the players we’ve got on offense,” Van Dyke said. Matching Pittsburgh’s passing-dominant attack, Van Dyke totaled 317 passing yards in the first half after finishing with 325 versus No.themiamihurricane.com
Miami football looks for second straight ranked win at hostile Heinz Field against No. 17 Pittsburgh
He is averaging just under 320 passing yards per game with a career-best 68.9 completion percentage and has thrown just one interception. Uiagalelei to under 130 yards passing, zero passing TDs and forced him into two interceptions, including a pick-six by junior linebacker SirVocea Dennis in the third quarter. 2 in the nation and seemed to be a lock for a College Football Playoff appearance, but the loss to a four-win Panthers team spoiled those chances. That upset win was Kenny Pickett’s first career start as Panthers quarterback. The Hurricanes and Panthers will kick off from Heinz Stadium at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.themiamihurricane.com
After a bounce-back 2020 campaign, the Hurricanes look to take college football by storm this fall
The Miami Hurricanes have been far from perfect since head coach Manny Diaz took over after the 2018 season. Below is a breakdown of this year’s schedule for the Hurricanes as they look to gain momentum after a bounce-back 2020 season. With an aggressive defensive line and experienced secondary, the Miami defense should be able to rattle whoever gets the starting nod. In the game, Miami had 12 penalties totaling 101 yards of field possession, which left them trailing all game long. For the Wolfpack offense, quarterback Devin Leary is a redshirt junior entering his first year as a definite starter.themiamihurricane.com
No. 3 Notre Dame rides big plays to 45-3 win over Pitt
Notre Dame wide receiver Ben Skowronek (11) celebrates as he goes in the end zone past Pittsburgh defensive back A.J. 3 Notre Dame (5-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) had no such issues while handling the Panthers (3-4, 2-4) their fourth consecutive loss. The Fighting Irish effectively ended any hope Pitt — which has developed a reputation in recent years of being the occasional giant killer — might have had late in the second quarter. Three Pitt plays went nowhere and Irish sophomore defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey raced in untouched to block Kirk Christodoulou’s punt. Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi called Notre Dame “as good a team we saw on the football field in six years.”“I thought we'd stack up better," Narduzzi said.
King’s 4 TD passes lead No. 13 Miami past Pittsburgh, 31-19
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Miami avoided the post-Clemson letdown and now can set its sight on remaining in the conference championship picture. “We were disappointed and a little bit angry coming off last week,” Miami coach Manny Diaz said. But Miami regained its double-digit advantage on King’s 45-yard touchdown pass to Mallory. “They make you earn every single thing.”The Hurricanes struck first on King’s 35-yard touchdown pass to Cam’Ron Harris midway through the first quarter. King connected with Mallory on a 6-yard score with 6:44 left in the second quarter for a 14-0 lead.
Miami heads to Pittsburgh after turbulent week
After suffering a close loss last week, Miami has had to deal with a lot of problems this week heading into Saturdays game against the Pittsburgh Panthers. Receiver Jeff Thomas, who was suspended for the Georgia Tech game for a violation of team rules, will not travel with the team to Pittsburgh. Based on the strength of his preparation throughout the week, we feel that NKosi gives us the best chance to win at Pittsburgh, Diaz said. Its a great challenge theres no doubt, they have been on fire upfront getting after the quarterback, Diaz said. The Miami Hurricanes will face the Pittsburgh Panthers Oct. 26 at 12 p.m. at Heinz Field.themiamihurricane.com