MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. – The ram sealed the win for the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Gene Robinson, who plays the ram position, popped Miami tight end Clive Walford five yards short of the first down marker on fourth and 16 with less than 30 seconds left in the ball game.
All North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner had to do was take one knee and the Tar Heels (5-2, 2-1) had knocked off the Hurricanes 18-14.
Even though Miami’s back-up quarterback Ryan Williams had moved the Hurricanes nearly 60 yards down the field in the final minutes of the game, Renner, who was watching on the sideline, had faith in his defense.
“I’ve got a lot of confidence in them,” Renner said. “They played well the whole game – kept us in it – held them to 14 points. And I thought they had a lot of confidence and I was happy that they came out and did their job.”
Renner finished the game with 214 passing yards on a night when he was 25-for-40. But he didn’t have any touchdowns against Miami (4-3, 3-1).
Running back Giovani Bernard took care of those.
Playing in front of his father and brother, Bernard had another strong performance as he put up 177 yards on 27 carries. It was the ninth 100-yard rushing game of his career. He had two rushing touchdowns, one from ten yards out and the second from 17. He caught four passes for 36 yards and none more important than the shoe string snag he made on fourth and six late in the first half.
He would scamper into the end zone on the next play to break the 7-7 tie.