Miami Gardens – Another thrilling ending is the University of Miami’s 31-30 victories at Hard Rock Stadium in North Carolina, 18th State.
The hurricane (3-4, 1-2 ACC) suffers from the final second tragic defeat of a field goal failure against Virginia and an intercepted chip pass closing North Carolina.
Miami knows well if safe Kamren Kinchens was forced to turn over in 4th and 8th at 2:49 after completing the 6 yards from Devin Lee Lee to Sayre Thomas. You could have found yourself in the scenario.
“This team is resilient,” said head coach Manny Diaz. “It’s part of our culture as a program.”
After the match, Diaz called his team fight “special” and said they hadn’t seen the “winning reward” yet.
All of that has changed this week.
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1. Vandike shows improvement
In the eighth week, quarterback Tyler Vandik completed 47% of his passes with two starts against his FBS opponents.
With the first appearance of sophomores against Virginia, Miami fell 16-7 in half. The following week at Chapel Hill, Tar Heels led 31-17.
However, in both cases, VanDyke’s performance improved significantly in the second half. The hurricane won a two-point victory over Cavalier, catching up with North Carolina and finishing 45-42.
For North Carolina, Vandike came up with a way to get things together early. That is, the first 25-yard touchdown pass to Charleston Lambo and the 4th and 1st 53-yard passes to Jaylan Knighton.
The backup boasts a significantly improved completion rate of 68% and 14 Miami until Devin Lee Lee ordered a slow 77-yard drive to give Wolfpack (5-2, 2-1) a lead. Leaded to a -10 lead. In half.
By the end of the game, Vandike had completed 76% of his passes with 325 yards and four touchdowns.
For Diaz, the transformation of Vandike and Hurricane’s was the result of quarterback confidence seen at a press conference leading up to Saturday.
Diaz knew that Vandike’s comment was “I was able to go to one of two ways”, but the young quarterback “does what the veteran does” at his fourth start. Seeing, I was proud to have “the courage to trust his progress.”
2. Shift at the defense show
Veteran quarterback Devin Lee Lee fought Miami and completed 24 of 42 attempts with 310 yards and two touchdowns, a result of his own advantage over the hurricane.
Miami won the quarterback in a hurry with a seven. The hurricane, however, allowed 421 yards.
Diaz promised to reward the younger players who were showing improvement during the week and backed it up with three changes in the starting lineup.
Freshmen Marcus Clark and Jarfari Harvey replaced second-year Tecoly Couch and sixth-year Zack MacLeod at the cornerback and defensive end, respectively.
Red-shirt sophomore Zack Smith has replaced weakside linebacker and senior Waynemon Steed.
3. Lack of discipline exposed
Penalties were eaten in the yards of both teams, the one in Miami was more expensive.
Hurricane discipline has been questioned throughout the season, with an average penalty of 68.3 yards per game on Saturday.
Miami has imposed nine penalties for 66 yards to North Carolina. Requests for face masks, unnecessary roughness and acts contrary to sportsmanship totaled 34 yards.
Is it the most harmful? A 5-yard penalty after safety Bubba Bolden hit the kicker in the fourth quarter trying a 45-yard field goal.
Christopher Dunn’s next effort is suitable for 40 yards to keep the Wolfpack within 1 point with more than 5 minutes remaining.
4. Knighton steps up
Injured in the back-season of Camron Harris and Donald Chainy, Jaylan Knighton faced a major challenge to the first start of the year against ACC’s top-ranked defense.
Red shirt freshmen posted 83 rushyards with 28 longs.
“Physically, I just run and work hard,” said a Deerfield Beach native.
And Knighton proved to be as powerful as the receiver, recording another 83-yard and 53-yard touchdown that gave Miami a 14-3 lead.
Miami Hurricanes beats 18th in North Carolina with their first ACC victory
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