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October 18, 2013

No. 10 Miami edges North Carolina, 27-23

Crawford rescues Hurricanes with late touchdown

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Dallas Crawford knew Miami needed a big game from him after its top rusher went down to an early injury. He delivered with a performance that kept the 10th-ranked Hurricanes unbeaten — barely.
The redshirt sophomore ran for a career-high 137 yards, including the go-ahead 3-yard touchdown with 16 seconds left that gave Miami a 27-23 victory over North Carolina on Thursday night.
Crawford’s second short score ended a 90-yard drive by the Hurricanes (6-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who lost top rusher Duke Johnson to an early injury. But Crawford topped his season rushing totals in one game, carrying the ball 33 times and scoring twice in the final quarter to help the Hurricanes avoid a big upset against the desperate Tar Heels (1-5, 0-3).
“We’re resilient,” Crawford said. “We’ve been through a lot over the years. It took a long time to get to this point. In years past, we probably would have lost this game. But it’s all about believing, and that’s what we did tonight.”
Miami’s players certainly had every reason to believe this just wasn’t their night.
Johnson left in the first quarter with an undisclosed injury, starting a run of injuries that also included starting receiver Phillip Dorsett suffering an apparent left knee injury that had him standing on the sideline with crutches by halftime.
There was quarterback Stephen Morris throwing four interceptions to match his season total.
There was a defense ranked among the nation’s best that gave up a season-high 500 yards and struggled to stop UNC tight end Eric Ebron.
Yet at the end, the Hurricanes rallied from 10 down early in the fourth quarter to keep themselves in position for a Coastal Division crown and an appearance in the ACC championship game — though they still have games against No. 5 Florida State and No. 19 Virginia Tech.

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