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Kaaya throws 4 TD passes as Miami tops Pitt 51-28

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Brad Kaaya passed for 356 yards and four touchdowns, and Miami snapped a four-game losing streak by beating Pitt 51-28 on Saturday.

Kaaya completed his first 13 pass attempts of the game and went 31 for 47 overall. The Hurricanes (5-4, 2-3 ACC) scored on their first five drives of the game and the Panthers did not force a punt until Miami’s final possession of the half.

Despite the Hurricanes’ offensive output, the game got out of reach for Pitt until two costly turnovers in the third quarter.

The Panthers kept pace with Miami thanks to Quadree Henderson’s kickoff return for a touchdown—his third of the season—and touchdowns by James Conner and George Aston.

Trailing 27-21 at halftime, however, Henderson fumbled at the Panthers’ eight-yard line which led to a Miami touchdown. On Pitt’s next possession, the Panthers appeared ready to get right back into the game, but Pitt quarterback Nate Peterman threw an interception to Rayshawn Jenkins in the end zone.

Stacy Coley and David Njoko each caught two touchdown passes for the Hurricanes, and Mark Walton rushed for 125 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown run.

Peterman went 17 for 35 threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns and an interception for the Panthers (5-4, 2-3 ACC). Connor rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries.

The keys to the game was the lack of pressure that the Panthers got on Kaaya and the Hurricanes converting on 8 of 16 on third down. Miami won the time of possession battle 33:07 to 26:53.

Miami head coach Mark Richt won his 150th career game on Saturday. Pitt will travel to Clemson next Saturday while Miami will travel to Virginia.

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