Miami Hurricanes Football: No chain, no gain

 

The Miami Hurricanes entered their game at North Carolina winners of 11 straight overall and 6-0 on the season. Meanwhile the Tarheels are at the bottom of the ACC at 1-7. In a game where the Hurricanes were heavily favored, they got all they could handle from a feisty North Carolina team. Miami was able to make just enough plays to leave Chapel Hill with the win 24-19.

Despite finishing with 356 yards and three touchdowns, it was by no means a sharp effort from Malik Rosier who struggled with accuracy all day and only completed 16 out of 38 passes. Rosier was also briefly replaced by Evan Shirreffs when he went to the locker room to have his shoulder evaluated. Miami would get Rosier back on the next drive and eventually the Hurricanes started to move the ball. The Hurricanes would take a 7-6 lead into the locker room thanks to a 51-yard strike from Rosier to Christopher Herndon.

 

The Hurricanes would receive the second half kickoff and wasted little time as Rosier connected with Jeff Thomas with this 78-yard bomb, the longest play of the season for Miami.

North Carolina has to get some credit for playing Miami tough the whole way. They used a lot of trick plays to keep Miami off balance and were solid on the ground, especially in the first half. Third string quarterback Nathan Elliott was a gamer but could not avoid the legendary Turnover Chain on back to back plays.

Michael Jackson recorded his fourth interception of the year, and when North Carolina got the ball back next, linebacker Charles Perry added his name to the recipients list.

Turnover number three was kind of a big deal.

 

In the fourth quarter Rosier gave Miami a little breathing room, albeit temporarily, when he hit Braxton Berrios for this nice slant and a 24-13 advantage.

 

The Tarheels simply would not go away and pulled to within 24-19 with just over three minutes left. Miami had their worst rushing day of the season with just 59 yards and managed to give North Carolina life with a crucial Travis Homer fumble. The Hurricanes defense did not help the cause when Zach McCloud had an inexcusable late hit on Elliott out of bounds for a personal foul. However Miami would not be denied, as the Turnover Chain would return one more time to bask in the sun.

Once again the cardiac kids from The U proved they could win the tough, close game. North Carolina finished with more rushing yards, total yards, and first downs. Miami won the turnover battle and thanks to the four chains escaped with another thrilling victory.

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