Kenan Memorial Stadium – Chapel Hill, North Carolina
October 30 – 7:00 PM Eastern on ESPN2
In their first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference and in search of their sixth national championship, the Hurricanes have continued their presence as one of the top collegiate teams in the country. Against North Carolina State, the Hurricanes belted the Wolfpack with a barrage of touchdown passes from Berlin, while the defense forced four turnovers. Berlin answered his critics with his third straight outstanding game, completing 15 of 30 passes for 265 yards and tying the school record with five TD passes against the nation's top-ranked defense.
North Carolina enters the contest with the ACC fifth-ranked offense that is generating 371 yards per game. The North Carolina defense has struggled this season, ranking next to last (116th) in total defense in the NCAA, allowing 503.9 yards per game. UNC is giving up 252.4 yards on the ground per game and 251.4 yards through the air while surrendering 35.6 points per game. North Carolina runs a pro set offense that returns eight starters from a year ago and a 4-3 defense that has seven returning starters.
The game will be eighth in the series, with North Carolina holding a 4-3 edge in the all-time series. The two teams last met in Chapel Hill on Nov. 16, 1963, a 27-16 Tar Heels victory. The Hurricanes' last win came on Oct. 27, 1961, by a 10-0 score in the Orange Bowl. UNC holds a 1-0 lead in the series at Kenan Stadium.
Offense Defense QB Brock Berlin LE Baraka Atkins TB Frank Gore LT Orien Harris FB Quadtrine Hill RT Kareem Brown TE Kevin Everett RE Thomas Carroll WR Roscoe Parrish SLB Roger McIntosh WR Lance Leggett MLB Leon Williams LT Rashad Butler WLB Tavares Gooden LG Tony Tella CB Antrel Rolle C Joel Rodriguez CB Kelly Jennings RG Derrick Morse FS Brandon Meriweather RT Chris Myers SS Greg Threat PK Jon Peattie P Brian MonroeKEY INJURIES
OL Joel Rodriguez Knee Probable LB Leon Williams Hand Probable WR Sinorice Moss Hamstring Probable OL Tyler McMeans Knee Out DT Santonio Thomas Knee Out QB Kyle Wright Ankle Out OL Eric Winston ACL Out WR Ryan Moore Ankle Out FB Kyle Cobia Shoulder Out CB Glenn Sharpe Knee OutNOTABLE PLAYERS
Miami: 35.8 ppg - 15.8 pag QB #7 Brock Berlin 1249 yards 58% 13 TD 4 Int RB #3 Frank Gore 409 yards 4.5 avg 4 TD WR #1 Roscoe Parrish 18 receptions 266 yards 5 TD TE #84 Kevin Everett 15 receptions 219 yards CB #6 Antrel Rolle 30 tackles, 1 interception LB #50 Roger McIntosh 57 tackles, 2.5 sacks PK #13 Jon Peattie 9-15 FG, long 49, 24-24 XP North Carolina: 24.1 ppg - 35.6 pag QB #10 Darian Durant 1149 yards 57% 8 TD 6 Int RB #20 Jacque Lewis 501 yards 7.1 avg 3 TD WR #11 Adarius Bowman 18 receptions 329 yards 3 TD WR #5 Jarwarski Pollock 28 receptions 280 yards 1 TD LB #30 Fred Sparkman 67 tackles, 1 interception SS #14 Gerald Sensabaugh 49 tackles, 1 sack PK #10 Connor Barth 8-9 FG, long 50, 13-13 XPNOTABLE TEAM STATISTICS
North Carolina – 50th in Rushing Offense (164.1)
Miami – 49th in Rushing Defense (132.8)
North Carolina – 107th in Scoring Defense (35.6)
Miami – 13th in Scoring Offense (35.8)
When North Carolina has the ball…
QB Darian Durant vs. LB Roger McIntosh
Durant (5-11, 215) is a mobile quarterback who can throw the football. He is a dangerous weapon at either facet of the game. The senior from Florence, S.C. currently holds the UNC quarterback record for bench press (360), squat (545), and power clean (309). McIntosh (6-3, 235) has increased his number of tackles in each of the last three games. Against Georgia Tech he had eight tackles followed by an 11-tackle performance against Louisville. Last week against North Carolina State he had 13 tackles.
When Miami has the ball…
WR Roscoe Parrish vs. SS Gerald Sensabaugh
Parrish (5-9, 170) has five touchdowns in the past three games scoring at least one touchdown in each game. During the stretch he has 11 catches for 195 yards. He has yet to have a 100-yard game in his career, but with the way he has been playing it is possible this week. Sensabaugh (6-2, 215) was vocal in the press this week about the Miami offense. Now he has a chance to back up some of his statements after not being impressed with what he has seen on game film.
KEEP YOUR EYE ON
North Carolina RB Chad Scott – RB Ronnie McGill (238 yards) will not play and RB Jacque Lewis (501 yards) is listed as doubtful. Scott now has an opportunity for more carries. On the season he has rushed for 236 yards on 45 carries (5.2 average) and two touchdowns.
Miami CB Devin Hester - Hester has two returns for touchdowns in the last two weeks and has four total on the season (3 punt, 1 kickoff). He is currently 3rd in the nation in punt returns (23.2) and 4th in kickoff returns (31.7). Primarily a reserve defensive player he will play some on offense.
COKER'S FINAL WORD
On North Carolina playing home games at night:
"What I have seen is they tend to win the night games at home. They have beat some very good teams in North Carolina State and I think Georgia Tech is a good team. We know what we are in for."
PLAYER QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Wide receiver Darnell Jenkins on if the receivers took early season criticism personal:
"Yeah we took it personal because the only perception people had on the receivers was that we were dropping balls and not getting open."
Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at email@example.com