Recap: SMH...North Carolina Wins 18-14
If I told you Miami was going to hold UNC to 18 points, you'd think they would've won. Afterall, UNC was averaging 44 per game. Instead they fall to UNC 18-14, leaving them 3-1 in the conference (4-3 overall). The first time all year that our defense shows any life and of course the offense shits themselves for the 2nd week in a row. The game shouldn't have even been close. UNC kept us in the game with dumb penalties and missed field goals. So goddamn frustrating.
Morris couldn't get in a rhythm all game. Bullshit wildcat formations with Mike James at the start didn't help things. Phillip 'Featherstone' Dorsett can't stop dropping passes. To make it even better, Morris tweaked his ankle at the end and we got to see Ryan Williams throw 4 yard passes all over the field.
Here's what I said were the keys to victory in the gameday post:
4 storylines for UM in this game:
1. Will the team shake off the embarrassment from last week?
2. Can the receiving corp bounce back after hanging Morris out to dry?
3. Can we get the running game going again?
4. Can the defense force some turnovers?
They only put up 14 points, and the only reason we were in the game was because of all of UNC's dumb penalties.
Featherstone needs to get his **** together.
James & Duke combined for about 150 yards, but since we were playing from behind all day it wasn't enough.
Eddie Johnson made a pick at the goal line, but it didn't matter in the end.
Miami starts out with some horseshit wildcat stuff with Mike James where Morris comes in motion pre-snap. The first time the did it, James kept it and got stuffed. So stupid. Morris had to do some big scramble on 3rd and long to keep the drive alive. They do the wildcat again, this time James hands it off to Morris. Morris passes on the run and almost gets picked off after a Defensive lineman batted the ball in the air. Stop being cute Fisch. Miami is forced to punt when Malcolm Bunche jumps on 4th and 1.
UNC goes down the field in 3.6 seconds, with Gio Bernard running over, around, and through the entire defense. 7-0 UNC.
Miami starts driving, and after a vicious facemask on Morris, Dorsett decided it was time to drop another touchdown. On the next play James tips a Morris pass into the air and it's picked off.
Before you could even get mad about the turnover, UNC was back inside the 10 yardline. Then something amazing happened. Apparently a defensive player made what my friend told me was, "a play". I didn't know our defense was allowed to do that. He jumped in front of a pass at the goal line and returned back about another 25 yards.
UM starts driving again. Allen Hurns makes a couple of first downs along the way. Mike James has a couple of good runs up the middle. Still 7-0 UNC.
Eventually the drive stalls, and Golden elects to go for it on 4th down. The pass is dropped, but it would've been well short of the first down anyway.
UNC punts it back, and now Wheeler is in at Center. Apparently McDermott was getting work done, no clue on what. Miami has to punt, but some dumb ass Tar Heel roughs Botts and the drive continues. Miami gets inside the 10, and UNC proceeds to have back to back 12 men on the field penalties. Mike James eventually punches it in, and we're all tied up at 7.
UNC is moving again. Perryman tweaks his ankle again and has to leave the field. Eventually UNC is facing 4th down and they go for it. Renner hits Bernard on a swing pass and Bernard makes a sick fingertip catch for the 1st down. Bernard walks 17 yards untouched on the next play for a TD. UNC runs a swinging gate for the 2 point conversion 15-7 UNC.
Miami starts driving again to match their TD before the half, but Morris is picked on a deep ball to Dorsett. UNC leads 15-7 at the half.
The teams trade 3 and outs to open the 2nd half. Then Dorsett decides to finally catch a ball that's thrown to him and converts big 1st down on 3rd and long. Miami keeps moving inside the 10. Morris eventually sneaks it in from about 5 yards out. Morris hit 3 big passes on 3rd and long to keep the drive alive.
Miami attempts to go for 2 to tie the game, but the piece of **** ref throws a flag because UM snapped to ball to quickly. Total horseshit call. Miami kicks the XP to make it 15-14.
UNC is in in UM territory before you can blink. The drive eventually stalls, and Barth kicks a field goal to make it 18-14 UNC.
Morris tries to go deep again to Dorsett but is picked by Trae Boston again, who returns deep into UM territory. Turns out a ref flagged UNC for pass interference to wipe out the play. Total bullshit call, but after the flag we got on the 2 point conversion...so what? Mike James makes a couple of grown man runs up the middle to close out the 3rd quarter, still trailing UNC 18-14.
Miami's drive stalls and Golden elects to punt from the 33 yard line. That's the 2nd time in the game that Golden doesn't go to Weiclaw when in field goal range. Thankfully, the punt is downed at the 1 by Telemaque.
Two plays later, UNC is at the 35 yardline after 2 big runs by Bernard. UNC keeps moving into field goal range but Barth misses for the 2nd time in the game.
Morris is moving the team into UNC territory and on 3rd and long he lands funny on his left foot and badly sprains his ankle.
Williams comes in and is able to get the team to convert a couple more 1st downs but the drive ends with Dorsett dropping another pass on 4th down.
UNC is basically handing off to Bernard on every play at this point. Then they decide to get cute and pass the ball on 2nd and 3rd downs. Both are incomplete, and Miami takes over at the 17 yard line with 1:47 remaining and two timeouts left.
Williams is dinking and dunking his way to midfield. Then he hits Scott on a slant for a 21 yard gain. Miami is now at the 29 with :38 seconds left. Then Williams showed why he was a back-up by taking a really bad sack, which lead to a 4th and 16 play. UNC dials up more pressure on Williams and he forces a ball to Clive Walford. Problem is, he was 6 yards short of yard marker. Ball game.
Florida State is next week. We might not have Morris, who appeared to sprain his ankle.