In what was dubbed, "Zero Dark Thursday" at Kenan Stadium on Thursday, Miami scored with 16 seconds left to upend North Carolina's upset bid on national television.
Dallas Crawford's 3 yard touchdown run was the game winner in the 27-23 Hurricane win.
North Carolina had an opportunity for a game winner themselves, but a hail mary passed fell out of the hands of Quinshad Davis in the Miami end zone as time expired.
After struggles by the Tar Heel defense earlier in the season, the young squad played one of their best games of the season, forcing 4 Miami turnovers, all interceptions. But Crawford rushed for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns in the game to offset the passing struggle. Crawford carried the bulk load after Duke Johnson left the game with an early injury.
Bryn Renner passed for 297 yards and a touchdown but threw a key interception late in the 4th quarter with UNC leading. With North Carolina driving and approaching field goal range, Renner made a poor decision forcing a ball into heavy coverage, leading to the pick.
The Tar Heels led 24-13 with 14:17 left in the game, but Miami rallied with two touchdowns in the quarter, holding North Carolina scoreless during that stretch.
Eric Ebron had a monster game at tight end for the Tar Heels, surely watering the mouths of pro scouts. The junior caught 8 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown reception in the game.
Coach Larry Fedora summed up the loss, “We’ve got a bunch of guys hurting in that locker room down there. A bunch of guys that played their tails off tonight and gave every thing they had. They did everything we asked. They’re continuing to practice hard. They’re believing in each other. They’re working hard and they’re playing hard. Give Miami credit for what they did tonight. They made the plays when they had to make them and won the football game. Just a tough one to swallow for us right now.”
North Carolina, in their black alternate jerseys, came out playing inspired football in front of a crowd also wearing all black. But what has been a microcosm of the season, North Carolina did not make enough plays to win the game.
The Tar Heels will look to rebound against Boston College on October 26th at Kenan Stadium.