Canes Fall to UNC

North Carolina hammered Miami in the first half and the Hurricanes couldn't quite mount a big enough comeback in the second half.

Today's game against North Carolina was big for a lot of reasons. Most importantly, it was the second ACC Conference game of the season. The Hurricanes could have advanced to 2-0 inside the conference.

North Carolina, however, had other plans. The Tar Heels (2-4) came out and dominated the Hurricanes in the first half, taking a 27-0 lead into halftime.

After 30 minutes of football, it looked like the Hurricanes were going to get blown out for the second time in as many games on the road this season.

Anthony Elzy had 80 first quarter rushing yards and was a thorn in the Miami side the entire game. Kyle Wright struggled in the first half, throwing two interceptions with under 100 yards through the air. The ground game never got going in the first half.

After halftime, the TV reporter said Marquise Mosley had predicted the Hurricanes were going to make a huge comeback.

Halfway through the third quarter that looked to be coming true. The Canes started taking some shots downfield, probably because the UM receivers were creating mismatches against the North Carolina secondary because of their speed.

A great opening drive in the third quarter narrowed the lead to 27-7. The Canes got the ball back on a turnover and Wright found Sam Shields for a four-yard touchdown to narrow the lead to 27-13 after the extra point failed.

The Canes stopped the Tar Heels again on offense and got the ball back at their own three yard line. After one long ball was incomplete, they went right back to it and Wright connected with Darnell Jenkins for a 97-yard touchdown, cutting the lead to just seven.

That's when North Carolina went to work again on offense. They added two more field goals to make it 33-20 early in the 4th quarter.

Wright was picked off on two straight drives, once inside the UNC 10-yard line. The defense continued playing well but the Canes didn't score until there was barely a minute left in the game (a score set-up by a tremendous punt return by Jenkins). The onside kick attempt then failed.

The loss was Miami's fourth straight on the road, dating back to a pair of losses at the end of last season. They're now 4-2 in the Randy Shannon era as they prepare to take on Georgia Tech in a key conference game next Saturday in the Orange Bowl.

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