North Carolina dug a hole too big to get out of on Saturday. After spotting Miami a 27-3 lead, the Tar Heels fought all the way back and had the ball with a chance to take the lead late in the game. The comeback fell short. After recovering an onside kick with less than a minute to play, North Carolina ran out of time at the Miami 24 yard line.
Miami came out of the gate fast scoring the first 17 points, aided by a Tar Heel turnover and untimely penalty. The Tar Heels managed to stay in the game and cut the lead to 6 on a Bryn Renner to Reggie Wilkins 20 yard touchdown pass with 46 seconds left to play which led to the onside kick recovery.
Jacory Harris led the Hurricanes going 20-30 for 267 yards and 3 touchdowns. North Carolina bottled up Lamar Miller holding him to only 29 yards on 16 carries. Travis Benjamin had 8 receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown for the Canes. As a team, Carolina ended up accruing more yardage than Miami by a 429-311 margin.
Ultimately, it was too much of a margin to overcome despite 288 yards passing by Renner who tossed two touchdown passes. Once again, Gio Bernard led the Tar Heels with 110 yards rushing and a touchdown. Dwight Jones caught 9 passes for 82 yards and a touchdown in the loss.
North Carolina falls to 5-2 and 1-2 in the conference. They travel to Clemson next week to face the 8th ranked Tigers.