MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — For the North Carolina football team, it was the defense that clinched Saturday’s 18-14 win.
Tommy Heffernan’s second-down sack handcuffed Miami’s final drive, and Gene Robinson’s tackle on fourth down delivered the knockout blow in the Tar Heels’ win at Miami.
It was UNC’s best defensive performance in a conference win since October 2010 based on points allowed. But it wasn’t necessarily a complete domination of the Hurricanes — it was an adequate containment.
Quick Facts: UNC-Miami
Here are some of the statistical highlights from UNC’s 18-14 win in Miami on Saturday afternoon:
- Running back Giovani Bernard had another strong week with 177 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carriers. UNC is now 5-0 when Bernard plays and 0-2 without him.
- Quarterback Bryn Renner was 25-for-40 for 214 yards. He was picked off once.
- Tight end Eric Ebron pulled in a game-high 87 yards on seven catches.
“Miami’s been able to get behind everybody. Didn’t matter who they played, they’ve been able to do that,” coach Larry Fedora said about Miami’s potential for beating teams with deep passes.
“That was a point of emphasis this week — to limit the big plays. We knew we were going to give some things up underneath, we understood that. We made the plays when we had to.”