The Perfect Storm, UNC Tar Heels served the Miami Hurricanes the “Philly Special”

Miami Hurricanes fans, brace yourself.

Entering the game No. 10, Miami kept winning, but they won ugly. Three of their last four wins were by five points or less; the win versus a struggling Duke Blue Devils team was a game on the schedule. The North Carolina Tar Heels are the best team Miami has faced since it lost to Clemson.

The Tar Heels played as if they were better than Clemson.

No. 17 Tar Heels upset No. 10 Hurricanes 62-26. It was a lousy night for Miami’s offense, the worst ever for their defense.

Tar Heels finished with 778 total yards, the most yards allowed in a game in Hurricanes program history.

Tar Heels finished with 778 total yards, the most yards allowed in a game in Hurricanes program history.

Tar Heels running backs Javonte Williams and Michael Carter rushed for a combined 544 yards, the most rushing yards in FBS history by a running back duo.

“When you are not playing your best, that’s what it looks like,” Miami Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz said.

Tar Heels beat a top-10 opponent for the first time since October 30, 2004; that day, Miami.

Tar Heels added the “Philly Special,” leading to Sam Howell’s only touchdown being a reception and a 48-18 lead.

North Carolina was coming off a pitiful offensive showing against one of the best defenses in college football in Notre Dame. Miami’s defense isn’t Notre Dame’s. They have given up over 500 yards to both Clemson and Louisville and over 400 to NC State. You could make a case that the Tar Heels’ offense is better than all those but better than two. North Carolina bounced back on offense, and they were recipients of a balanced attack from Howell and the running game.

There is no more to add for the Hurricanes. This will be another bruise for head coach Diaz. To get embarrassed on your home field will leave a mark.

Hurricanes were outrushed 554 to 75 on offense.

“The opening statement is we got out butts kicked. A humiliating performance,” head coach Diaz added.

Expect the Hurricanes to drop out of the top 15 but remain top 20.

Tar Heels and Hurricane await bowl game invitations.



Author: West Lamy

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