The No. 2 Miami football program watched its national title hopes take a serious blow at Heinz Field on Friday afternoon.
In a game which they were heavily favored, the Hurricanes were stunned by the unranked Pittsburgh Panthers. Pitt took an early 3-0 lead over Miami and never looked back.
It was a disastrous loss for the Hurricanes which controlled their own destiny in the College Football Playoff race.
When the final whistle blew, the Panthers came away with the shocking 24-14 win.
Miami made a late run, even recovering an onside kick after pulling within ten points in the final moments, but the Pitt defense forced a fumble and jumped on the loose ball to secure the win.
It was a stunning result to the college football world to everyone not named Pat Narduzzi.
— Campus Sports (@CampusSportsNet) November 24, 2017
While it was a disastrous loss for The U, one of the biggest questions Richt will have to face following the game is his fourth quarter decision to pull Malik Rosier from the game in favor of Evan Shirreffs, who had previously thrown just five passes all season.
This is a loss that will sting in South Beach for quite some time.
If there is any saving grace for Miami, it is that the Hurricanes will face Clemson, another top four team, in the ACC Championship next weekend. With a win over the Tigers, Miami could still have an argument to be in the mix for a shot at the national championship.