Due to the high school games played there on Friday and the Pitt-USF game on Saturday, the Steelers decided to re-sod the field yesterday in preparation of this game. Unfortunately, they did not count on the massive rain which hit Pittsburgh all day and into the game. The weather turned the new sod into ankle-deep mud.
What a weird game. Over much of the field it was effectively ankle deep mud. Puddles everywhere and numerous brown patches where kitty litter was dumped in an attempt to soak up water.
Neither team could run or throw effectively because nobody could run effectively. The Steelers made the most progress, mostly with a lot of short passing. The Steelers really should have scored a couple of points, but a few sacks and botched plays when they where in Miami territory kept them from touchdowns. And with the field so bad, neither side tried any long field goals.
The best part was a Miami kick that hit the field and stuck right where it hit. The players on both teams where still moving as fast as they could to get where they expected the ball to bounce and they skidded in the mud as they tried to adjust. It was funny to watch in a game that was otherwise really pretty dull.