Miami football tries to avoid many bad program records versus Pittsburgh

Nov 12, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football team will try to avoid many ignominious program records versus Pittsburgh on Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium. With a win versus the Panthers on Saturday Miami would qualify for a bowl game and end a four-game home losing streak. Miami has not had a losing record in the regular season since 2007.

Miami has not lost five in a row at home since 1974. The Hurricanes have not lost five in a row at home in the same season since 1963. Miami lost its last five home games in 1963 to LSU, Georgia, Florida, Pittsburgh and Alabama. The Hurricanes’ lost its last four home games in 1973 to Houston, West Virginia, Florida and Notre Dame.

Miami lost its home opener in 1974 to Auburn. The Hurricanes have been outscored 182-179 at home this season. Miami has not been outscored at home over the course of a full season since 1977. The Hurricanes scored 72 points in five home games in 1977 and allowed 102. Miami finished 2-3 at home in 1977.

Miami finished 3-8 overall in 1977 and coupled with the 5-7 2007 season are the two worst for the Hurricanes in the last 45 seasons. The Hurricanes have had only four losing seasons since 1980. Miami was 5-6 in 1997, 5-7 in 2007 and 6-7 2014 and 2019 seasons. Miami has won at least six regular season games since 2007.

The 40-10 Miami loss at Clemson last week was the fourth time the Hurricanes allowed that many points in 2022. In 2012 the Miami football team also allowed over 40 points four times including a 52-15 loss to Kansas State. Those are the only times an opponent has scored 40 points versus Miami four times in the same season.

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Miami has also held five opponents to under 20 points this season. The 447 yards Miami allowed to Clemson was the fourth time this season an opposing offense had over 400 yards against Miami. Pittsburgh will pose a challenge primarily on the ground. Miami needs a good defensive performance to defeat Pittsburgh.