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Pitt's offense stagnant in 24-3 thumping versus Miami

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Travis Homer rushed for 168 yards and a long touchdown, DeeJay Dallas ran back a punt for one of his two scores and Miami closed its regular season by knocking off No. 24 Pitt, 24-3, on Saturday.

Dallas also had a rushing touchdown for the Hurricanes (7-5, 4-4 ACC).

Homer is up to 969 yards this season and would have a chance to become the 10th runner in Miami history with a 1,000-yard season if he gets 31 in the bowl game. His career rushing total is 1,979 yards, which moved him 4 yards past Frank Gore for 12th on the Hurricanes’ list.

Kenny Pickett completed 14 of 22 passes for 130 yards for Pitt (7-5, 6-2), which already had locked up the ACC’s Coastal Division and a berth in next weekend’s conference title game against Clemson. It was a reversal of last season, when Miami had the Coastal clinched and lost to Pitt in the regular-season finale for both clubs.

Pitt was held to 200 yards.

Homer’s 64-yard touchdown in the third quarter put Miami up 17-3 and matched the longest scoring run of his Miami career. It also continued his knack for breaking big plays for scores. He has 12 rushing TDs for the Hurricanes, the average length of them being 27 yards.

Dallas scored on a 65-yard punt return in the second quarter, giving Miami one of those for the second straight week. The one last week came from Jeff Thomas, who left the Hurricanes on Wednesday. Team officials said he was dismissed, while Thomas claimed that his departure was by mutual decision.

Either way, it didn’t derail Miami on its senior day, even with the passing game struggling again. N’Kosi Perry completed only six of 24 passes for 52 yards, though was hurt by seven dropped passes. It was the lowest passing total Miami posted in an ACC game, 4 yards shy of the 56 the Hurricanes managed against Georgia Tech in 2007.

Alex Kessman’s 40-yard field goal for Pitt late in the third quarter allowed the Panthers to avoid the shutout. This was the first ACC season since 2009 that there were no shutouts in conference games.

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