In an impressive comeback, the No. 10 Miami Hurricanes (6-0, 2-0 ACC) rallied late to knock off North Carolina (1-5) in Chapel Hill.
UM quarterback Stephen Morris accounted for four interceptions and the Miami defense allowed 500 total yards. Carolina TE Eric Ebron could not be contained hauling in eight receptions for 199 yards and one touchdown. Hurricanes’ offensive playmakers Duke Johnson and Phillip Dorsett each were sidelined during the first-half and would not return.
Through all of this, Miami grinded their way to a win.
“It’s a great win because you’re on the road, you’re down ten points, you’re fighting the elements and the environment, we have four interceptions, we lose pivotal players and everybody just rallies,” Miami head coach Al Golden told ESPN following the win. “It just says a lot about the guys. They’re not turning back…”
The surprise performance of the night came from Miami redshirt sophomore RB Dallas Crawford. A backup to Johnson, Crawford busted off 137 rushing yards on 33 carries and two touchdowns, including a 3-yard score with just 16 seconds left in the game giving Miami a 27-23 lead.
Crawford has found the end zone nine times this season and has scored two touchdowns in each of the last four games for the Hurricanes.
Johnson left early with what appeared to be a head injury after taking a knee to the helmet although his status would remain undisclosed. Dorsett, who left after suffering a knee injury, was later seen on the sidelines with crutches.
The four interceptions by Morris gives him eight on the season, surpassing the seven that he totaled all of last year.
Miami’s defense was ranked amongst the best in the nation prior to Thursday night but struggled against Renner and the Tar Heels. Carolina passed for 395 yards and added another 105 on the ground.
Up next for Miami? Wake Forest will travel to Sun Life Stadium to take on the Hurricanes at noon on Oct. 26.