Miami 27, UNC 23


Posted Oct 17, 2013


The University of Miami went to 6-0 Thursday night after beating North Carolina on a late Dallas Crawford touchdown.

Playing as a top 10 team for the first time in four years, the Hurricanes went into a place where it had only won once in school history.

Make it twice now, as the Canes left North Carolina winners of a 27-23 thriller.

After Duke Johnson left the game in the first half with a head injury, Dallas Crawford took over Miami's backfield. In fact, he took over Miami's offense and ended up taking over the game by the end of the night. The talented sophomore finished with 33 carries for 137 yards and two touchdowns, including one with just seconds left.

It was a performance that Miami desperately needed on a night where quarterback Stephen Morris played one of his worst games as a Hurricane and on a night where a much improved Miami defense gave up 500 yards of offense.

Morris struggled early and ended up throwing four interceptions. He nearly threw a fifth one late in the game that would've really hurt Miami's chances of making a comeback. He was very efficient over the final few minutes of the game, helping Miami move the chains down the field on its final drive. Morris finished the game 19-of-35 for 322 yards and no touchdowns.

After a long touchdown by North Carolina's tight end in the first quarter, the Tar Heels were looking to extend their lead by kicking a field goal that ended up getting blocked by Artie Burns. The ball fell right into the hands of cornerback Ladarius Gunter, who took it back for his second touchdown in as many games.

That's all the points Miami could manage in the first half, as they went into halftime down 17-13.

After two Tar Heel field goals to open the second half scoring, the Canes turned to their running game. The offensive line, the tight ends, and the fullback -- as Al Golden accurately pointed out at the end of the game -- helped Crawford take over the game.

After scoring a three-yard touchdown early in the fourth to cut the Tar Heel lead to three, Crawford was hoping for more chances. He got it after Tracy Howard picked off a Bryn Renner pass deep in Miami territory with just a few minutes left.

That's when Crawford and the offense went to work one final time. A 13-play, 90-yard drive capped Miami's scoring for the night. Morris went 3-for-3 on the final drive while connecting twice with Allen Hurns and once to Herb Waters. Crawford and Eduardo Clements were excellent behind a dominating offensive line. Crawford ran it eight times for 29 yards and a score, while Clements ran it twice for 27 yards.

The Tar Heels were able to get one last chance. They made two throws down the field to get into Miami territory. A late desperation pass from Renner fell to the ground, however, as Miami extended its season record to 6-0.

The Hurricanes will travel to Wake Forest next Saturday.



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