‘Canes Fall 31-28 to UNC

The Miami Hurricanes (6-1) have lived on the edge too many times this season and tendencies caught up with them on Saturday night in Chapel Hill. Miami lost 31-28 after giving up over 540 yards in total offense to a North Carolina (4-4) team averaging just 371 yards per game—good for 63rd in the country.

Miami's defense allowed only 26 points in the first four games of the season and only one offensive touchdown. The last three games against Louisville, North Carolina State, and North Carolina the Hurricanes have gave up 100 points and nearly 1500 yards in total offense.

"It's mind boggling," head coach Larry Coker said. "We're just making some mental errors and some mistakes that we just shouldn't be making. We haven't changed defenses. It's definitely frustrating for all of us."

Devin Hester tied the game on an 11-yard touchdown run with 2:25 remaining in the game. The play was a toss right and he got a key block from Quadtrine Hill as he dove towards the pylon for the score. Hester was used in various formations throughout the game and finished with 53 yards in total offense (28 rushing, 25 receiving). On the drive Brock Berlin made some big-time throws to Lance Leggett and Roscoe Parrish.

North Carolina bounced back with a nine-play, 65-yard drive capped off by a Connor Barth 42-yard field goal as time expired. Barth missed from 39 yards earlier in the game, but redeemed himself giving North Carolina its first win ever against a top-five team.

Berlin finished with his second 300-yard passing game of the season. He was 20-for-35 for 338 yards and two touchdowns. On the season he has thrown 15 touchdowns to just four interceptions. Parrish and Leggett scored touchdowns

North Carolina duel-threat quarterback Darian Durant was 21-of-29 passing for 264 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. On the ground, he racked up 67 yards—only 10 less than the entire Miami team. He consistently kept the Miami defense on their toes with his ability to run and throw the ball.

"Man, it was huge," Durant said. "It just goes to so you that, you know, anybody can be beaten on any given day especially in this conference, and you know, we worked hard; we had two weeks to prepare for them, and our coaches did a great job with the game plan."

On the ground the Tar Heels were led by third-string tailback Chad Scott. Scott, a native of Plant City, Florida, rushed for 176 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns. During the third quarter he reportedly suffered a hip point and had to be tended to in the locker room. When, he came back he immediately impacted the game with his big runs. Miami did not have an answer for Scott—a 5-foot-9 senior former Kentucky transfer.

Miami finished with 77 yards rushing. Tyrone Moss led the Hurricanes with 30 yards rushing. Starting tailback Frank Gore added 27 yards. Cornerback Devin Hester ran the ball three times for 28 yards.

Next game: November 6th vs. Clemson in Miami, Florida.

Notes: OL Derrick Morse and FB Quadtrine Hill started their first games of the season…WR Roscoe Parrish scored a touchdown for his fourth straight game…11 players caught passes including QB Brock Berlin who recorded a minus-two yard reception after a pass deflected back into his hands...SS Greg Threat intercepted his third pass of the season and leads the team in the category.

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com.

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