North Carolina holds on at the end, tops reeling Miami 27-24 ::

North Carolina Tar HeelsNorth Carolina Tar Heels 27
Miami HurricanesMiami Hurricanes 24

— Tyler Van Dyke greater than were given again on monitor. It nonetheless wasn’t sufficient for Miami to knock off Drake Maye and North Carolina.

Maye handed for 309 yards and two touchdowns, one in every of them a 74-yarder to J.J. Jones, as North Carolina overcame an enormous effort by means of Van Dyke to overcome Miami 27-24 on Saturday and transfer atop the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division.

Josh Downs had a receiving landing and Omarion Hampton ran for some other ranking for North Carolina (5-1, 2-0 ACC).

“It’s superb how onerous younger other people battle to win a soccer recreation,” North Carolina coach Mack Brown said. “I’ve often said, whoever makes scoreboards is just not fair. Miami didn’t lose the game. They just ran out of time.”

Van Dyke finished 42 of 57 passes for 496 yards — the second-most in Miami historical past, at the back of Stephen Morris’ 566 in 2012 — and 3 touchdowns for Miami (2-3, 0-1).

Key’Shawn Smith, Henry Parrish and Colbie Young had the landing receptions for the Hurricanes, who scored 10 issues in the ultimate 28 seconds of the first part to get inside 21-17. Will Mallory had 8 catches for 115 yards for Miami.

“We’re all about the paintings and the lumps that include it and it stinks and it is painful to take care of,” Miami coach Mario Cristobal said. “But you know what? That’s what we’re here for, and gladly ready for whatever comes with it to make sure we get it back to a certain level. And that’s what we’re going to do.”

It ended up as Miami’s 3rd directly loss, and the first time since 2007 that the Hurricanes have long gone 3 consecutive video games with out ever maintaining a lead.

It did not lack for late-game drama.

Down 27-24, Miami to start with gave the impression to get well an onside kick with about 2 mins left; Al Blades Jr. dove alongside the sideline to knock the ball inbounds and the Hurricanes appeared poised to take over. The play used to be overturned by means of replay, which noticed that Blades had stepped out of bounds and due to this fact couldn’t contact the ball.

North Carolina punted the ball again to Miami with 1:14 left, however Van Dyke used to be picked off with 8 seconds last.

“How about that protection? They made some large performs,” Maye mentioned.

Caleb Hood rushed for 74 yards on 13 carries for the Tar Heels, who’ve received 4 directly over Miami for the first time. Jones’ way-too-easy ranking capped a game-opening 95-yard pressure, and Hampton’s ranking completed off a 99-yard pressure that used to be reinforced by means of a 52-yard go from Maye to Antoine Green.

Miami struggled to run the ball — 41 yards on 23 carries — however now not changing on 3 key possibilities used to be even worse.

The Hurricanes had first-and-goal from the North Carolina 2 in the moment quarter, were given one backyard on 3 carries after which noticed Van Dyke’s fourth-down heave fall incomplete. In the 3rd quarter, after intercepting Maye for the moment time the Hurricanes’ pressure stalled close to midfield after going for it on fourth down. And in the fourth quarter, Jaylan Knighton were given sufficient yards to transform on fourth-and-1 at the North Carolina 26 — however fumbled the ball away.

“Critical mistakes normally inform the story of a recreation like this,” Cristobal mentioned.

The Heels went 81 yards in 17 performs, and Noah Burnette’s chip-shot box target put North Carolina up 27-17 with 4:10 last. Van Dyke discovered Young from 16 yards out to get Miami a box target with 2:20 left, however the Hurricanes were given no nearer.

“We’re headed in the proper course,” Van Dyke said. “I believe that. I really do.”


North Carolina: It used to be the first time that North Carolina had two landing drives of at least 95 yards in the identical recreation since Aug. 31, 2019. That day, the Tar Heels had them — a 95- and 98-yarder, to be explicit — in a 6:01 span of the fourth quarter on the method to rallying previous South Carolina 24-20.

Miami: The Hurricanes are 2-3 for the moment consecutive 12 months; the final time that took place in back-to-back years used to be 1978 and 1979.


At 2-0 in the ACC and 5-1 total, North Carolina will most probably get on the radar of extra AP Top 25 citizens. But entering the ballot on Sunday could be tricky; the Tar Heels had simply the Thirty seventh-most ballot issues this week, and seemed on most effective two ballots.


North Carolina: Visit Duke on Oct. 15.

Miami: Visit Virginia Tech on Oct. 15.


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