Miami's offense was clicking early and often in a game the Hurricanes needed to win in order to stay alive in the Coastal Division race. They marched 84 yards on 13 plays in the first quarter and Duke Johnson scored from one yard out to give the Canes an early 7-0 lead. Miami's outstanding junior running back finished the game with 177 yards rushing on 19 carries and two scores. He also caught a pair of passes for 49 yards and a score.
The second quarter saw some wild scores. After a safety gave Miami the ball back, Brad Kaaya was sacked and lost a fumble that was returned by a North Carolina defender 39 yards for a touchdown. It was 9-6 early in the second and that's when Miami took off.
The Hurricanes scored three touchdowns in the final six minutes of the first half. Clive Walford caught a 14-yard touchdown strike before Johnson broke off a 90-yard score. Walford added another 14-yard touchdown catch just before the half to give the Canes a 30-6 lead at the half. Miami's senior tight end led all pass-catchers in the game with six grabs for 89 yards and two scores.
Johnson and backup Joseph Yearby added third quarter touchdowns for the Hurricanes and that helped seal the game. A talented freshman, Yearby finished the game with 22 carries for 104 yards and a score.
The Tar Heels added a couple second half touchdowns after the game was out of hand. Quarterback Marquise Williams scored them both.
Miami's defense was excellent in this game, holding the Tar Heels to just six yards on the ground for the afternoon. They also had two turnovers and held the ACC opponent to just 258 total yards of offense.
Kaaya finished the game 11-of-17 for 189 yards and three scores.
Miami is now 6-3 on the season and 3-2 in the conference. They will have an off week before returning to action in two weeks against arch-rival Florida State.