Oct 17, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Marquise Williams (12) runs as Miami Hurricanes linebacker Denzel Perryman (52) and defensive lineman Luther Robinson (93) defend in the second quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Hurricanes vs North Carolina Tar Heels: Canes rally for 27-23 win


 

In a night where the Miami Hurricanes could seemingly do nothing right on offense as their top playmakers were dropping like flies, it was backup running back Dallas Crawford who carried the Canes to a comeback-win over ACC-rival North Carolina.

With Canes QB Stephen Morris being ineffective all night, highlighted by his four interceptions, the ground game was the only effective offense for Miami, but after Duke Johnson left the game with a concussion, it was Crawford who carried the rock 33 times for 137 yards and the game-winning score with just 16 seconds remaining.

The only other offensive TD for the Canes came in the second quarter with Miami down 7-6, when the Canes blocked a 47-yard field goal attempt by UNC. It was a blocked kick that would be picked up by LaDarius Gunter and returned 67 yards the other way to give Miami a 13-7 lead at the time:

block

The Tar Heels had one last gasp with three seconds left, but QB Bryn Renner’s pass fell incomplete as his receiver nearly caught the ball in the back of the endzone, but lost control of the ball as he fell out of bounds.

Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron finished the game with eight catches for 199 yards, a school-record by a TE, but his efforts couldn’t help UNC pull-off the monster upset.

The Canes are now 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the ACC, while the Heels dropped to a very surprising and equally disappointing 1-5 record, and are 0-3 on conference play.

 

Team Statistical Comparison

MIA

UNC

1st Downs 23 23
3rd down efficiency
8-18 5-15
4th down efficiency
0-0 0-0
Total Yards 556 500
Passing 322 395
Comp-Att
19-35 32-43
Yards per pass
9.2 9.2
Rushing 234 105
Rushing Attempts
45 36
Yards per rush
5.2 2.9
Penalties 4-30 7-44
Turnovers 4 2
Fumbles lost
0 0
Interceptions thrown
4 2
Possession 29:01 30:59

 

 

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