North Carolina scored on all but one drive in the first half as they jumped on a lifeless Miami to take a 20-3 halftime lead in a huge game in the ACC Coastal standings.
Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky looked much more like himself playing the Hurricanes rather than playing in one, going 14-of-19 for 162 yards and two scores. Those numbers are more than double what he threw for last week in a disappointing loss to Virginia Tech.
Bug Howard took care of big plays in the passing game by getting a big 40 yard reception to open things up deep while teammate Ryan Switzer was surprisingly held in check (four yards on four catches but one score).
Miami signal-caller Brad Kaaya had virtually no rhythm when dropping back to pass as the Canes could not get much going aside from a few catch and runs from receiver David Njoku (four catches, 82 yards). Mark Walton did chip in with 60 yards on the ground in the offense’s lone bright spot of the first half.
You probably could have seen a big let down coming for the Hurricanes after an emotional last minute loss to Florida State a week ago. North Carolina took advantage of the slow start by the home team in the first half but will need to keep their foot on the pedal if they want to leave South Florida with a win in the final two quarters.