It can never be easy with this team, at least not this year.
Miami took on North Carolina today in what was supposed to be one of their easier wins of the season. Even Vegas thought so, making the Canes 20 point favorites. But with Miami down 6-0 for most of the first half, it was becoming evident that this would be another claw it out type of game if they were to pull away.
Finally! That was the overall reaction when Miami scored their first touchdown of the game on a 51 yard pass and run to big Herndon. And then, right out of the gate to start the second half, a 78 yard strike to the speedster Jeff Thomas. Just like that, it was 14-6 Miami and it seemed like they were finally going to pull away from the under maned Tar Heel squad. Wrong.
We entered the 4th quarter up 17-13. Yeah thats right, it was only 17-13. Miami’s offense could not get into a rhythm against a defense that gave up 59 points to Virginia Tech last week. If it wasn’t for the big plays, the Canes could really have been in big trouble.
Braxton Berrios did what Braxton Berrios does and scored a clutch TD to give Miami a 24-13 lead with 9:26 remaining. But even then, when all seemed to be right with the world, UNC came roaring back on Miami’s defense with their 3rd string quarterback. A touchdown with 3:03 remaining and a failed 2 point conversion put the score at 24-19. After a failed onside kick, it finally seemed like Miami could put this one away. That was until Travis Homer fumbled and UNC recovered.
Now, all of a sudden, we had to sweat out another Miami Hurricane victory. The doubts started to creep in your head. “Could they really lose this game to a 1-7 team?” “Could they really blow their season and any shot at the ACC title game?” “Was this really happening again?!” But in Miami fashion this season, the big game saving play was made with a couple of minutes left to play. A fumble, recovered by the Miami defense. And the turnover chain made it’s fourth and final appearance of the day, (three interceptions prior to that play). From there, the Canes were able to play keep away and run out the clock.
Another nail biting finish in a game that in all reality, should not have been, considering the opponent and what they had to offer. But, a win is a win nonetheless. And the Canes escaped Chapel Hill with a 7-0 record for the first time since 2013. Also, not to be forgotten, 5-0 in the ACC for the first time in school history. And a 12 game win streak to boot. Their longest such streak since 2002. They were pretty good back then if you remember.
But if they want to continue that win streak, they will have to play a lot better on both sides of the ball starting next week vs Virginia Tech and the week after that vs Notre Dame. For today though, we celebrate. The Miami Hurricanes are undefeated through 7 games. And we’ll look forward to next weeks show down at home vs the Hokies.
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