* This was a good win for the Hurricanes, obviously. Despite the strength of schedule in recent weeks, Miami has now put together three straight good performances. That hasn't happened around here lately so it's encouraging. The team is clearly getting better and more confident as the weeks go on.
* UNC had one of the worst defenses in all of college football so the expectation was that Miami would have their way on that side of the ball. What was especially impressive though is how well Miami's defense came to play. When Deon Bush talks after the game about how well Coach D'Onofrio knew North Carolina's tendencies, it's very encouraging. Six rushing yards, six sacks, 5-of-19 on money downs, and a couple turnovers is an outstanding day against any BCS level opponent and UNC came into the game playing really well on offense.
* Brad Kaaya continues taking good care of the football. He has the arm talent to make all the throws and he's getting a tremendous amount of help from the running game but it's encouraging to see him playing smart football. He's getting better each week and I've been impressed with the game plans that Coach Coley has been putting together in recent weeks.
* Duke was Duke. It was another outstanding performance. He looks better and better every week. Enjoy it while it lasts because I'd be shocked if he returned for his senior season. Joseph Yearby is a very gifted back and has very good running instincts. One concern, however, is his inability to break long runs. He had 22 carries in this game and his longest run went for just 13 yards. It'd be nice to see him become more of a home run threat -- especially when he'll likely take over the starter's role next season.
* Miami's offense was playing well and their ground game was excellent but it's a bit upsetting that the Canes threw the ball 19 times and the entire group of wide receivers finished the game with seven yards. Seven. Stacy Coley's lack of involvement, especially, has become an issue. They are getting away with this against teams they've played recently but the wide receivers will have to be more involved if this team wants to have offensive success against Florida State.
* Hats off to Art Kehoe. He takes a lot of heat but his unit is doing well and it was playing without its top three tackles. When last season ended, most people expected Miami's top four tackles to be Ereck Flowers, Taylor Gadbois, Malcolm Bunche, and K.C. McDermott. Kehoe is doing a nice job and the leadership of guys like Shane McDermott and Jon Feliciano is huge right now.
* Miami's defensive line played really well in this game. They did a tremendous job inside stopping the run and the guys on the edge were able to get some pressure. It seems like they have a legit rotation at the defensive tackle position that actually gives them some quality depth in there. That will play a big role down the stretch as long as they can all stay healthy.
* It was another excellent game by Denzel Perryman. He was in double digits in tackles again and continues playing at a very high level. Darrion Owens is going to be a real good one and he continues showing flashes of being a real difference maker down the road.
* I've spoken very highly of Justin Vogel all season and have to again. He was excellent again. What started out as a major question mark back in the spring has turned out to be a major strength on this team. He's having an outstanding season and is putting the defense in some very good situations.
* This bye week comes at a good time because of the overall health of the team. Obviously the biggest question mark right now is Flowers. Getting him back would be huge and Al Golden said after the game that his season is definitely not over. Having him available against FSU would be huge.
* Bring on Florida State!