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The U may not be back, but Miami is undefeated

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Miami had one lead in the second half Thursday night at North Carolina. Fortunately for the Hurricanes, it came at the time it mattered most. Miami kept their undefeated season alive by coming from behind in the final minute of the game to escape Chapel Hill with a 27-23 victory, improving to 6-0. The victory may have come at a costly price though, as running back Duke Johnson and receiver Phillip Dorsett left the game with injuries and never returned after the first quarter.

Dorsett looked to have a knee injury and returned to the sidelines on crutches and out of uniform. Johnson appeared to take a knee to the head.

Miami trailed North Carolina by ten point sin the fourth quarter but turned to back-up running back Dallas Crawford for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to cap two separate drives of 75 and 90 yards on a night the Miami offense was full of frustration. Crawford stepped up in a big way with 33 carries for a game-high 137 yards. Miami quarterback Stephen Morris was intercepted four times but the Tar Heels were unable to take advantage of the turnovers. Miami managed to hold North Carolina to two field goals and twice had the defense return the favor with an interception of North Carolina quarterbacks Bryn Renner and Marquise Williams.

Remarkably, Miami still managed to pile up 556 yards of total offense. Most of those yards may have come while you were still scratching your heads wondering what was going on in this game. You would not be alone, that is for sure.

So now we are left wondering just what to make of Miami. With what we have seen this season int he ACC it still looks clear that Clemson and Florida State, who play each other Saturday night, are on a different level from the rest of the conference. Whichever team wins that game Saturday night will be the prohibitive favorite in the ACC the rest of the way. But can Miami take on the role of spoiler in the conference, not just for the winner of Clemson-Florida State but for the conference’s national image? This Miami team looks to be beatable, but they have proven they can scratch and claw their way to a win if they need to get a little scrappy (see: Florida, North Carolina). Depending on the status of Johnson and if they can get a semi-adequate performance out of Morris (who did pass for 322 yards, it should be noted), if Miami paired up with Clemson or Florida State on the right day, it would not be impossible to see the Hurricanes come up with a win.

It would not be likely, but it would not be impossible. Miami gets a chance to improve to 7-0 for the first time since 2005 when they host Wake Forest next week. Regardless of how banged up they may be, a win should be expected for an 8-0 start. Then things get interesting. A road game at Florida State could serve as an ACC Championship Game preview and the following week Miami hosts Virginia Tech. The Hokies and Hurricanes have been in this sort of position before, with a conference or division on the line. If Miami can earn a split, they should be in good shape to at least get to Charlotte for their first ACC Championship Game appearance in program history.

Assuming they are eligible for postseason play, of course.

Though it was in a losing effort, it should be mentioned that North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron was nearly unstoppable in the passing game. Ebron recorded 199 receiving yards and one touchdown. North Carolina’s season may not be going to plan, but Ebron continues to draw attention from NFL scouts, and for good reason.

North Carolina is now closing in on the brink of missing out on postseason eligibility. The Thursday night loss sinks the Tar Heels to 1-5. Just two more losses and North Carolina will be eliminated from postseason consideration.

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13 Responses to “The U may not be back, but Miami is undefeated”
  1. canetic says: Oct 17, 2013 11:42 PM

    America’s Team wins again! Go Canes!

  2. atxcane says: Oct 18, 2013 12:32 AM

    I’m operating under the assumption that Stephen Morris had money against the spread. That is the only explanation for having a SINGLE offensive TD off 566 yards offense.

    Or for throwing FOUR ints and no TDs.

    Or for driving into the RZ 4 times, only to throw a pick once, and come up short forcing a FG 3 times, 1 of which was shanked. That’s 6 points when a total of 28 could have been had.

    >:[

  3. japmen says: Oct 18, 2013 12:44 AM

    I’m glad they finally put the game in the backup RBs hands. Morris sure looked awful when he didn’t have Dorsett and Johnson to make him look good. It’s not like the UNC uniforms looked anything like the Canes ever wear. Maybe we can do better against some more 1-4 teams?

  4. steeler1nation says: Oct 18, 2013 12:46 AM

    one of the main reasons many people come to this site is for the “Predictions 101″ segment, yet, they are IMPOSSIBLE to find.
    What the F!

  5. onbucky96 says: Oct 18, 2013 1:18 AM

    Great, just what America needs. Let me guess, Luther Campbell and Drew Rosenhaus will show up on the sidelines too. Da U…nothing compared to On Wisconsin. Excluding National Titles of course.

  6. bonerchamp says: Oct 18, 2013 1:24 AM

    6-0.

  7. raiderufan says: Oct 18, 2013 7:30 AM

    I felt going into this game that this was a scrappy team whose ranking hadn’t quite been earned yet. We’ll stay top ten and based on the way weeks are going we’ll probably rise.

    I’m not sure if this team would be better with Ryan Williams under center but something isn’t clicking with Morris right now. The accuracy on some of those throws was terrible. That bomb to Dorsett should have been picked if not horribly timed by the safety.

    Thankfully we have crazy depth at RB. I just wish Coley would realize we can pummel people with our line and RB’s and actually stick with it! Walk down the field on teams and blam throw it three times in the red zone? What!?

    We need to take these 10 days, get healthy and be ready to make a statement against Wake. Hopefully this was a shock to the system this team needs to go on a run to finish the season.

  8. knicksukcats says: Oct 18, 2013 7:30 AM

    atxcane says:
    Oct 18, 2013 12:32 AM
    I’m operating under the assumption that Stephen Morris had money against the spread. That is the only explanation for having a SINGLE offensive TD off 566 yards offense.

    We had 2 TD’s in the 4th alone. But yeah it was hard to watch. Morris played horrible and I will say it til he is gone. HE IS NOTHING MORE THAN HARRIS 2.0. His throwing motion is horrible, he would throw it to a guy even if he was covered 11 on 1 and think it is ok. Just imagine this team with Bridgewter. If Morris could throw some intermediate passes then DA U would be ok. This “I gotta hit a bomb” on every play attitude is killing us.

  9. thegamecocker says: Oct 18, 2013 8:20 AM

    @raiderufan

    You said “make a statement against Wake”….LOL! You make a “statement” by beating Clemson or Fla St. NOT WAKE!

  10. justalonewolf says: Oct 18, 2013 8:29 AM

    atxcane: So for the last 3 plus years, all of the so called experts have been wrong? except you of course and you know, when they said he has great throwing motion, a cannon arm and a ton of football smarts, they were all wrong because um what? they should have come talk to you? he had a crappy game what else do you want? UNC has and has had the U’s number for a few years now, there was a string of games back when, Miami would beat FSU no matter what, remember wide left? wide right? wide wide? back in diapers then??? c’mon man lighten up and let the kids play ball !!
    You make a statement by coming back from a horrid game and whipping someone’s ass, whoever it might be.

  11. raiderufan says: Oct 18, 2013 8:45 AM

    Fair enough. I meant more like let it be known we’re better than a team that couldn’t beat a 1-5 UNC team until 16 seconds left by smashing a barely .500 team before heading into the FSU game…I guess I just said “statement” instead.

  12. chachooga says: Oct 18, 2013 11:01 AM

    Wow Kevin…the original “are they back” line….really???

    Miami beat UF, Clemson beat UGA, VT gave Bama their best challenge this year.

    These SEC top 25 teams play crap SEC teams and get the oh wow SEC is crazy they avoided the upset.

    Did you not watch the game? It was a crazy environment. UM lost their star RB, star WR, starting Safety all in the 1st Qtr. Their injured QB threw 4 picks (two in the redzone). Their FG kicker missed a huge one. But still they manage to win.

    They beat UF and all we hear is “UF lost the game”. Now they survive the trap game in a hostile environment on Thursday Night and we have to hear “are they back”.

    Stanford lost to Utah and all I hear is people playing violins for them.

    All in all nothing matters but wins….but if I hear another ESPN idiot (and now CFT) repeat that “we will find out if the U is back after FSU & VTech” line I might lose all hope for sports writers. Do you all repeat the same things you hear????

    Miami is 6-0 having beaten UF and two solid ACC teams. Remember S. Car didn’t just walk through UNC.

    Sorry I am messing up the narrative.

    Go Canes!

  13. scbaby2013 says: Oct 18, 2013 3:00 PM

    Until sanctions hit them…if NCAA does their job that is

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