Saturday, October 15, 2011

'Canes Survive in Chapel Hill

The Miami Hurricane's (3-3) escaped Chapel Hill with a 30-24 victory over North Carolina (5-2).  Senior quarterback Jacory Harris threw three touchdowns in the first-half alone.  For the third straight week he has yet to throw an interception and completed 20 of 30 passes for 268 yards and 3 TD's.

The "U" came into this game riding a wave of momentum despite losing to Virginia Tech last weekend.  The 'Canes scored 14 points before their defense had even stepped foot on the field.  They were up 27-3 going into half-time and scored on all five of their possessions.

However, that wave of momentum would turn into a mere ripple come the second-half of the game.  Miami only managed to put up 3 points, in part to a Jake Wieclaw field goal.  UNC would cut the deficit to 30-24 with just 46 seconds left.

Surely Miami would recover the onside kick and be able to run the clock out, right?  WRONG!  As Ray Ray Armstrong missied the ensuing kickoff, LaRon Byrd would then fool around with the ball for a few before the Heel's would eventually recover on their own 44 yard line.

Luckily Sean Spence was able to sack UNC's Renner and the Heel's failed to score on the final play of the game.

Whew...that was another nail-biter of a game folks.  Escaping with a win at Chapel Hill, the 'Canes improved to 3-3 (1-2) and will host No. 12 Georgia Tech next Saturday.

Having rushed for over 100 yards in each of the first five games this season, star running back Lamar Miller was limited to just 29 yards, carrying the rock 16 times.

UM's offense looked solid - for the most part.  I haven't seen Jacory Harris play the game with so much confidence since, well, probably the Florida State game during his sophmore year.  He is throwing the ball accurate, he continues to check down to his second and third receiver's, and is finally limiting turnovers.  He has just 3 interceptions on the year.

The Hurricane receiver's are legit.  They are catching the ball consistently and we haven't seen nearly as many dropped balls when compared to last year - at least through the first-half of the season.  Tommy Streeter caught 4 passes for 89 yards and one touchdown.  Speedster Travis Benjamin caught 8 balls for 99 yards.  Nice work you two.

Can I get a what what for place kicker Jake Wieclaw?  Thank goodness for him.  He hit three field goals of 43, 41, and 28 yards.

Keep the momentum going Golden.  If we could only put together a solid game.  The team still needs to work on closing.  Nevertheless, a win is a win--albeit a somewhat sloppy win, but we'll take it.

No. 12 Georgia Tech is up next.  Kickoff will be at 3:30 p.m.