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Recap & Analysis: Miami 47 UNC 20
Ugly doesn't begin to describe it. Miami's Duke Johnson ran for 177 yards, had 49 yards receiving and scored three touchdowns as the Hurricanes blew a 16-6 game open late in the first half on the way to a 47-20 win over the Tar Heels. Anyone who has been paying attention recently knew Johnson would be difficult to stop for the Tar Heels.
Duke Johnson scores 3 TDs, Miami rolls past Heels 47-20
Duke Johnson went over the 3,000-yard mark for his career and scored three times despite getting most of the second half off, Brad Kaaya threw three touchdown passes and Miami rolled past North Carolina 47-20 on Saturday. Quarterback Marquise Williams had a pair of touchdown runs and Cayson Collins returned a fumble 39 yards for a score for UNC (4-5, 2-3).
Rapid Reactions: Miami
There was a moment when it looked like Cayson Collins' 39-yard fumble return for a touchdown might be a momentum turner, as it took the Tar Heels from trailing 9-0 to within 9-6. Instead, it just turned out to be a temporary island in a hurricane of Miami points. There's just not much to say about that 47-20 defeat--the 'Canes were better in every phase of the game.
Video: Cayson Collins Fumble Recovery for a Touchdown vs Miami
After Mikey Bart's sack and strip of the Miami quarterback, freshman Cayson Collins picks up the fumble and returns it 39 yards for the score to get the Tar Heels on the board against Miami.
Box Score: Miami 47, North Carolina 20
View the complete box score from North Carolina's 47-20 loss to the Miami Hurricanes in Miami on Saturday:
Miami takes on UNC for homecoming in another crucial ACC matchup
Homecoming brings another crucial Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division matchup this weekend. Miami (5-3, 2-2 ACC), which has won two games in a row, hosts North Carolina (4-4, 2-2 ACC) Saturday afternoon at Sun Life Stadium. Both teams trail Duke (6-1, 2-1 ACC) and Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2 ACC), finding themselves in a four-way tie with Pittsburgh and Virginia in the standings.
Preview & Prediction: UNC at Miami
UNC takes a two game winning streak to Miami and controls its own destiny for winning the Coastal Division. Yes, that statement still sounds really weird and no the odd are probably nowhere in UNC's favor of doing much in the next four games but get to six wins. In the context of just this game, the Tar Heels face a tall order. Prediction: Miami 44 UNC 35
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Miami, #ByTheNumbers, game 9 vs. North Carolina
QB Marquise Williams is one of five players in the country leading his team in both passing yards and rushing yards. Williams ranks second in the ACC and 15th in the country in total offense, averaging 316.5 total yards per game. Only FSU’s Jameis Winston (320.8) is averaging more in the ACC.
Six storylines: UNC vs. Miami
Miami freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya has started all eight games for the Hurricanes and has done well considering his inexperience. Kaaya completes 61% of his passes and averages nine yards per attempt. The California native has 17 passing touchdowns and nine interceptions. Yet, if there is a weakness to Kaaya's game it would be his lack of mobility.
Tar Heels focused on Miami, not Hurricanes’ fans
Miami isn’t known for having rabid crowds at Sun Life Stadium, especially for day games. “The stands are just so far that you could almost have another game from the stands to the bench area,” North Carolina junior guard Landon Turner said. “We’re not too stressed about crowd level or home-field advantage.” Instead, Turner said the Tar Heels are just focused on the Hurricanes themselves.
Carolina Set To Face Miami Saturday
Riding a two-game win streak, Carolina travels to Miami for a key ACC Coastal Division matchup with the Hurricanes on Saturday, Nov. 1. The game will kick off at 12:30 p.m. and will be televised on the ACC Network. Last week, Carolina came from behind to score a 28-27 victory over Virginia in Charlottesville.
Countdown to Kickoff: Miami
North Carolina can take another step up the ACC Coastal Division ladder with a road win over heavily favored Miami at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday (12:30pm/ACCN). Miami is 4-0 at Sun Life Stadium, while UNC is 1-3 on the road. The Hurricanes rank eighth nationally in yards per play (6.97) and ninth in yards per play allowed (4.46).
Critical time has come for Carolina and Miami
The ACC's Coastal Division standings are a muddled mess. Miami and North Carolina are squarely in the middle of it all, both starting this weekend one game in the loss column out of first place, one game in the loss column out of last — and knowing that what happens in their game Saturday will probably either lift or doom their respective title hopes.
Breakin’ It Down: Miami
The Miami Hurricanes seem to be finding their form at just the right time. The Hurricanes dismantled Virginia Tech 30-6 in their last contest. At 5-3 overall and 2-2 in conference play, Miami coach Al Golden has his sights set on his first ACC Championship game appearance. Not much has separated these two schools on the gridiron. The Tar Heels lead the all-time series 9-8.