D’Eriq King is a quarterback, but this stuff is not bubble gum.
King threw a season-high four touchdown passes for the Miami Hurricanes in a 31-19 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers.
Entering the game, the Hurricanes were flagged 15 times against the Clemson Tigers and 11 times against the Louisville Cardinals; they make way too many mistakes. The secondary was a big concern.
This game showed improvement.
Miami defense was impressive, holding the Panthers to four field goals and one touchdown in the red zone.
“Red zone defense is a mentality,” Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz said. “We challenged them to be the best defense in the stadium today.”
There were precisely 9,000 in attendance.
Panthers finished with 26 carries for 22 yards rushing.
Panthers were without starting quarterback Kenny Picket who did not travel with the team because of an ankle injury. He engineered the big win at the end of the 2017 season, but he’s been awful against the Hurricanes over the last two years; this would have been his fourth crack at the Hurricanes.
The beat goes on.
Pittsburgh will host Notre Dame next Saturday.
Miami will host Virginia.