It was 20 years ago nearly today, Sgt. Peppers Band came to play. Ok it wasn’t exactly 20 years ago, but almost. On a Thursday night ESPN game on September 18, 1997 at old Pitt Stadium, the Pitt Panthers stunned the Miami Hurricanes for their only home win against the “U” since October 16, 1976.
Of course, the 1997 Miami Hurricanes would end up finishing 5-6 that year and were suspended from post-season play regardless. This time it was different.
Today, the 4-7 unranked Pitt Panthers stunned the #2 11-0 Miami Hurricanes at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. The loss may have cost the Canes a chance at the National Championship.
It all started after the teams traded punts and Pitt took possession and started it second offensive series.
Pitt true freshman (Ocean, NJ) QB Kenny Pickett was named the starter for the final game of the year and he delivered a brilliant performance.
First, Pickett ran for 11 yards to the Miami 34 yard line, which was aided by a bad 35 yard punt from Miami punter Zach Feagles.
Pickett would miss on a pass to senior WR Jester Weah, who played his final game as a Pitt Panther, but then proceeded to hand the ball off to Pitt junior tailback Darrin Hall for runs of 4 and 2 yards.
Pitt sophomore placekicker Alex Kessman would boot a 46 yard field goal to open the game’s scoring. Pitt 3 Miami 0.
Despite forcing the Canes to punt on its next possession, Pitt would turn the rock right back over.
Pitt center Jimmy Morrissey sailed a snap over Pickett’s head, while he was in the shotgun, and the ball was recovered by Miami’s weakside LB Michael Pinckney. This was after Pitt drove 8 plays for 29 yards in a drive that lasted a little under 4 minutes.
The teams would then trade punts before the Canes found paydirt. On a 9 play, 80 yard drive, Miami redshirt junior QB Malik Rosier beat...
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