Canes fall to UNC, 33-24

The Hurricanes traveled to North Carolina on Saturday with a chance to finally knock off its former coach, Butch Davis. Unfortunately for the Canes, Davis pushed his record to 3-0 over Randy Shannon.

Quarterback Jacory Harris entered the game with the top passer rating in the entire ACC conference. He was going against a North Carolina defense that ranked number one in the conference and was being considered one of the toughest units Miami would play all season.

Despite throwing for 319 yards, Harris had a rough night. He was intercepted a career-high four times -- two of which were returned for touchdowns. The offensive line struggled to provide Harris the necessary time to throw and he didn't get a lot of help at times -- like when Leonard Hankerson dropped a potential touchdown in the second half.

However, Harris never settled in. After falling behind by 13 points at halftime, Miami got the ball to start the second half and on a key third down pass to Hankerson over the middle, Harris was off target.

It was that kind of night for Miami's offense.

Junior running back Damien Berry totaled 91 yards of offense and a touchdown to provide some spark and junior Graig Cooper finished with 63 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. At the end of the day, however, Miami's offense couldn't score points when it needed to the most.

The defense wasn't any better. Against one of the worst offensive teams in the conference, the Canes couldn't get off the field when it needed to most. Despite forcing field goals on two first half drives by North Carolina to keep the game somewhat close at halftime, the defense wasn't able to stop the UNC offense late in the game. In the final few minutes everyone in the stadium knew North Carolina was trying to run the clock out. Miami's defensive unit was still unable to come up with a stop.

In a game that could've had Miami knocking on the top 10 door had it won, the team will now likely fall out of the national rankings for the first time this season.

Next up is a Duke team that gave Miami all it could handle for three quarters last season and is now probably the most improved team in the entire conference.

The loss sent Miami to 1-5 in November road games under Shannon.


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