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Five With Fedora: Miami Game
When thinking of key plays in a game, people always point to touchdowns or a big sack and fumble recovery. What was a play that stood out to you against Miami that people may have missed? Larry Fedora: “I think the play that Myles Dorn made in chasing down their running back was a huge play. Instead of giving up a touchdown, we end up holding them to a field goal."
Lucas Crowley Voted ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week
Lucas Crowley graded out at 90 percent, had 12 knockdown blocks and did not allow a sack as the Tar Heels posted 461 total yards of offense in a 20-13 victory at No. 16 Miami. Crowley’s efforts helped North Carolina have success moving the ball against a Hurricanes unit that entered the game ranked 10th nationally in total defense.
Weekly North Carolina Coaching Grades
Larry Fedora, UNC, A: Since the injury toll continues to climb and especially along the quickly thinning offensive line, the 20-13 win at Miami didn’t entirely qualify as a perfect day for the Tar Heels. But it was close. Not only did UNC win an important Coastal game as a road underdog, Virginia Tech’s stunning loss at Syracuse rearranged the divisional landscape.
North Carolina defense steps up when needed most
North Carolina’s 20-13 win over Miami produced neither the high score nor the offensive fireworks many expected. When the Tar Heels desperately needed someone to make a play in the final moments to fend off the Hurricanes’ comeback effort, it wasn’t the offense that came up with the game-changer. Instead, UNC's defense came through in the clutch.
UNC WR Mack Hollins Out for Season
UNC senior wide receiver Mack Hollins had season-ending surgery to repair his right clavicle Sunday. Hollins suffered the injury in the Tar Heels’ 20-13 win at No. 16 Miami. A three-time special teams captain, Hollins began at UNC as a walk-on in 2013 and became one of the most outstanding receivers in school history, finishing with 81 receptions for 1,667 yards and 20 touchdowns.
UNC Football Back In the AP Top 25 Following Win Over Miami
Saturday’s 20-13 win over then No. 16 Miami marked the fifth time in five tries this season that the UNC football team won as an unranked team. In two games as a member of the top 25, the Tar Heels have faltered each time. Head coach Larry Fedora will need that statistic to change now that UNC has re-entered the AP poll this week at No. 22.
Extra Points: Everybody
Caleb Peterson went on to deliver an emotional address to his teammates, stressing to them that two weeks on the sideline had forced him to face his own football mortality, that no one should take their roster spot for granted or take the sheer joy of playing a game on national television for a free education with their best friends for granted.
Despite Losing Hold on Starting Job, Tre Boston Believes He’s ‘Played Well’
In OTAs, Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston vowed he wouldn’t lose his starting job like he did last year. At training camp, coach Ron Rivera said Boston had taken himself to “the next level.” So why were Michael Griffin and Colin Jones splitting snaps with Boston last week in Atlanta?
North Carolina will find plenty of things to clean up when it watches film of its 20-13 win at No. 16 Miami on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium. The Tar Heels moved the ball 461 yards on the afternoon and had possession for 32:59 of the clock, but managed just 20 points. But at least that was enough.
It's back: The potential for ACC Coastal chaos looms again
Chaos rested last season in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division. It may reign again this year. North Carolina, a team in fourth place in the division two weeks ago, is now on top. Virginia Tech and Virginia, the last Coastal unbeatens, are perfect no more in league play after Saturday defeats. In other words, here they go again.
UNC's Defense Rises Up
Myles Dorn’s hustle play won’t be the only one drawing praise from UNC’s coaching staff during Sunday’s film study. Time and time again, the Tar Heels kept Miami’s gains at a minimum. The Hurricanes took 68 offensive snaps and managed to turn just seven into explosive plays. UNC held Miami to 5.3 yards per play and 3.9 yards per rush.
Video: Larry Fedora Post-Miami Locker Room Speech
North Carolina coach Larry Fedora addresses the Tar Heel football team in the locker room after beating Miami 20-13 on Saturday in Miami.
North Carolina’s offense has spent most of the 2016 football season picking up its struggling defense. But on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium, the opposite occurred, and it was a heck of a time for the defense to flex its muscles. UNC held Miami to just 363 total yards in a 20-13 victory on an afternoon in which the offense left a lot of points on the field.
Larry Fedora Post-Miami Quotes and Video
Larry Fedora: “It was a heck of a team win today. We talked in the last couple weeks to our team, the offense has been on the field in the last two minutes of a couple games and won and the defensive time was coming and it happened today. We get the big sack and caused fumble which was the big difference. The overall effort of our guys...I can’t say enough.”
UNC Rides Much-Maligned Defense to a 20-13 Road Win Over No. 16 Miami
Following UNC’s thrilling comebacks against Pitt and Florida State, coach Larry Fedora gave the same message. One of these days, the tables would turn and the struggling defense would be forced to bail out the high-powered offense. That time came on Saturday, when Malik Carney’s strip sack in the final moments sealed the Tar Heels’ 20-13 win over Miami.