Hapless UNC (1-4, 0-3 ACC) searches for its first win against a Division I opponent next Saturday versus South Florida, while the Hurricanes (3-2, 1-2) achieved their first conference win of the season.
John Bunting said, “Our kids played hard, and that’s the one consolation they can take home with them. There were too many opportunities left out there on the field.”
UM true freshman Javarris James’ 62-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was Miami's longest play of the season. James finished with 111 rushing yards, while safety Lovon Ponder threw a touchdown pass to Sam Shields on a halfback option to give Miami a 7-0 first quarter lead.
Miami quarterback Kyle Wright, who was knocked out of a couple of plays by a Victor Worsley hit, managed to complete 13 of 21 passes for 143 yards.
‘Canes senior tight end Greg Olsen also took out the frustrations of a disappointing season by matching a career high eight catches in a game, which resulted in 95 yards receiving and a touchdown.
“We’ve got to be more aggressive as far as taking advantage of our opportunities,” senior linebacker Larry Edwards said. “It’s the little things we have to take advantage of if we want to be a good defense. There were a couple of times that we didn’t take full advantage.”
The Tar Heels did manage a four-play, 65-yard drive in the second quarter, which was capped by a two-yard touchdown run by Ronnie McGill.
The UNC defense only gave up 144 yards net rushing to the Hurricanes, but could only muster 58 yards on the ground itself.
Cam Sexton finished nine-of-22 passing, with two interceptions. He was relieved in the fourth quarter by Joe Dailey, who completed four-of-eight.
Things may get easier for the Tar Heels next week when they host South Florida at Kenan Stadium.
“There is still a lot of football left,” Jesse Holley said. “We’re definitely going to come back. We work hard and prepare every week.”