Scores

Final

Miami (FL) 30

(3-3, 1-2 ACC)

North Carolina 24

(5-2, 1-2 ACC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:30 PM ET, October 15, 2011

Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC

1 2 3 4 T
MIA 17 10 0 330
UNC 0 10 0 1424

Top Performers

Passing: J. Harris (MIA) - 267 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: G. Bernard (UNC) - 27 CAR, 110 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Benjamin (MIA) - 8 REC, 99 YDS, 1 TD

Miami holds off UNC despite sluggish 2nd half

Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Jacory Harris passed for 267 yards and three touchdowns to help Miami beat North Carolina 30-24 on Saturday.

The Hurricanes (3-3, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) nearly lost a 24-point lead, surviving a sluggish second half for their first road win under Al Golden.

Miami, which gained 263 of its 311 total yards in the first half, avoided the first 0-3 start in league play in program history. The Hurricanes also picked up their first win in five tries at North Carolina.

Bryn Renner passed for 288 yards and two touchdowns for the Tar Heels (5-2, 1-2), who trailed 27-3 late in the second quarter.

Giovani Bernard rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown, becoming the first North Carolina player to rush for at least 100 yards in five consecutive games since Ethan Horton in 1984.

The Tar Heels scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, cutting Miami's lead to 30-24 on a 20-yard catch by Reggie Wilkins with 46 seconds remaining. Curtis Campbell recovered the onside kick for North Carolina after Miami's LaRon Byrd was unable to secure the ball.

North Carolina moved the ball to Miami's 30 before Sean Spence sacked Renner. The Tar Heels had a final play from the Miami 37, but a pass to Bernard with laterals to Erik Highsmith and Jheranie Boyd was stopped after a 13-yard gain.

Miami's Lamar Miller entered the game as the ACC's leading rusher, but his streak of five consecutive 100-yard games ended. He managed just 29 yards on 16 carries.

Miami found other ways to move the ball, jumping on the Tar Heels for a 17-0 lead after one quarter. North Carolina had outscored its opponents by a combined margin of 42-3 in the first quarter before the Hurricanes rolled into town.

Miami led 14-0 before its defense ever took the field.

Harris marched the Hurricanes 71 yards for a touchdown on the game's opening drive, capping the 13-play series with a 4-yard scoring pass to Mike James.

North Carolina's T.J. Thorpe lost a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, setting up the Hurricanes on the UNC 27. Harris found Tommy Streeter, who got open deep after an end-around fake to Benjamin, on the next play for a touchdown.

After North Carolina's Thomas Moore kicked a 20-yard field goal to cut Miami's lead to 17-3, the Hurricanes answered with a field goal of their own.

Then they capitalized after a 13-yard punt by North Carolina's Thomas Hibbard gave them the ball at UNC's 40. Harris connected with Benjamin on a deep pass down the right sideline for a 30-yard touchdown and a 27-3 advantage.

Criticized heavily throughout his career for being turnover-prone, Harris finished without an interception for the third consecutive game. Before he took a knee to close out the first half, Harris had led the Hurricanes to points on 10 of their last 11 possessions dating to their 38-35 loss at Virginia Tech last week.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIA
UNC
1st Downs1525
Total Yards311429
Passing267288
Rushing44141
Penalties3-192-25
3rd Down Conversions5-146-14
4th Down Conversions1-10-2
Turnovers12
Possession26:2833:32

Passing Leaders

Miami (FL)C/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harris20/302678.930
North CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Renner29/372887.820

Rushing Leaders

Miami (FL)CARYDSAVGTDLG
Miller16291.8011
Benjamin3134.306
North CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bernard271104.118
Houston5224.408

Receiving Leaders

Miami (FL)RECYDSAVGTDLG
Benjamin89912.4130
Streeter48922.3128
North CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones9829.1115
Highsmith57414.8039

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIAUNC
TD09:05Mike James 4 Yd Pass From Jacory Harris (Jake Wieclaw Kick) 70
TD08:51Tommy Streeter 27 Yd Pass From Jacory Harris (Jake Wieclaw Kick) 140
FG01:41Jake Wieclaw 41 Yd 170
SECOND QUARTERMIAUNC
FG12:25Thomas Moore 20 Yd 173
FG09:51Jake Wieclaw 43 Yd 203
TD05:17Travis Benjamin 30 Yd Pass From Jacory Harris (Jake Wieclaw Kick) 273
TD00:08Dwight Jones 4 Yd Pass From Bryn Renner (Thomas Moore Kick) 2710
FOURTH QUARTERMIAUNC
TD08:19Giovani Bernard 3 Yd Run (Thomas Moore Kick) 2717
FG02:19Jake Wieclaw 28 Yd 3017
TD00:46Reggie Wilkins 20 Yd Pass From Bryn Renner (Thomas Moore Kick) 3024