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Miami defeats Pitt, puts pressure on Duke in ACC Coastal

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Miami traveled to Pittsburgh to wrap up the 2013 regular season, but with a little bit of help from North Carolina on Saturday the Hurricanes could be heading to the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte next week. A 41-31 victory on the road against the Panthers kept Miami alive in the crowded and somewhat complicated ACC Coastal Division race coming down to the wire. even after all of the games are played, a series of tie breaking procedures may need to be followed.

To win the ACC Coastal Division, Miami now needs North Carolina to defeat Duke on Saturday. Virginia must also beat Virginia Tech to create a three-team tie for the division lead between Miami, Duke and Georgia Tech. The first tiebreaker in a three-team tie is combined head-to-head winning percentage between the tied teams, but Miami, Georgia Tech and Duke would need to go to the next tiebreaker as the teams split wins and losses evenly between the three of them. eventually the tie breakers would eliminate Duke from the pack and give Miami the edge. You can read them in full for yourself.

Duke can avoid any of this mess by defeating North Carolina to clinch the outright ACC Coastal Division title, which would send Duke to the ACC Championship Game to face Florida State. The Seminoles had locked up the Atlantic Division a while ago and will be making their second straight trip to the title game. Florida State defeated Georgia Tech in last year’s conference championship game.

This has been a rough season for Miami, but they are eligible for the postseason and Miami finished the regular season on a high note with two straight wins with at least 40 points scored. Quarterback Stephen Morris had three touchdown passes in the game and Allen Hurns recorded 173 receiving yards for the Hurricanes. Pittsburgh was without their top offensive player, receiver Devin Street, but still managed to put up 500 yards of offense against Miami. Pitt defensive end Aaron Donald faced double team protection for most fo the game so was limited in his production. Still, as the game played out he began to get a little push in the trenches and proved wy he has been one of the best defensive linemen in the country this season.

Miami 5-0 for first time since 2004 after beating Georgia Tech

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Is Miami back?

The early returns are promising.

The Hurricanes are 5-0 for the first time since 2004 thanks to the exploits of Stephen Morris and Duke Johnson, who helped lead No. 14 Miami to a 45-30 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday. It was the Hurricanes’ fifth-straight win over the Yellowjackets.

But it wasn’t a foregone conclusion.

The ‘Canes had a horrible opening quarter, falling behind Tech, 17-7, before waking up. Morris threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns on 17 of 22 passing and overcame two interceptions, while Johnson rushed for 184 yards on 22 carries.

Miami stormed back to take a 24-17 lead after Allen Hurns caught a 69-yard third quarter touchdown pass from Morris and it looked like the ‘Canes were in control. But Georgia Tech got new life when Phillip Dorsett fumbled a punt on his own 42-yard line and the Yellowjackets recovered. After a short drive, David Sims punched it in on a six-yard touchdown run and Tech was back in business.

Except they missed the extra point. Still, a one-point deficit seemed to point to a dramatic finish between the two teams.

Nope. Miami then exploded for 21 points in the final seven minutes to put the game away.

That’s what good teams do — they rise to the challenge when up against it.

Is Miami what it once was? Not even close. But after today, it’s pretty clear that the ‘Canes are no longer what they had recently become.