PITTSBURGH – Seven years after they last played as Big East football members, nothing’s changed at all in the Miami-Pitt series.
Jacory Harris led quick touchdown drives to start each half and No. 19 Miami dominated Pittsburgh much like it did when the schools were conference rivals, winning 31-3 on Thursday night.
Harris had two more floater-type interceptions like the four he threw in the Hurricanes’ 36-24 loss to No. 2 Ohio State two weeks ago, but he shook them off to throw for two scores and 248 yards while going 21 of 32. Damien Berry rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries for Miami.
The Hurricanes (2-1), faster, deeper and more athletic than the Panthers (1-2), never gave Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri any time to throw in his third college start. He was pulled in the fourth quarter after completing 8 of 15 passes for 61 yards.
Dion Lewis, the nation’s leading returning rusher, was given little running room by an overwhelmed offensive line and finished with 41 yards on 12 carries. Lewis, coming off a 1,799-yard season as a freshman, has been held to 143 yards in three games.
It was another bad day for the Big East, which is 1-7 this season against nonconference opponents from BCS conferences.