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October 18, 2013

No. 10 Miami edges North Carolina, 27-23

Crawford rescues Hurricanes with late touchdown

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“There’s no turning back for this group right now,” Miami coach Al Golden said. “They’re not turning back. There’s no finger-pointing. They’re too invested in each other and in what they’ve given and what they’ve sacrificed to turn back. 
“I told them all week we were going to have to win this game by playing until there were four zeros, and that was right until the very end.”
That’s when Miami got the stop it needed, with Bryn Renner’s final heave into the end zone from the Miami 28 falling incomplete on the final play.
It sealed the latest stinging setback for the Tar Heels, who entered the year with hopes of winning the division but now find themselves off to their worst start since 2006. They led this one 23-13 early in the fourth only to see Crawford score twice in the final 11 1/2 minutes to erase the deficit.
North Carolina was playing only the second Thursday night home game in program history, breaking out black helmets and uniforms for a night it billed as “Zero Dark Thursday” all the way back in April. And the Tar Heels nearly earned their first win against a top-10 opponent since beating then-No. 4 Miami here on a last-second field goal in 2004. 
Instead, the Hurricanes are 6-0 for the first time since that season.
“We’ve got a bunch of guys hurting in that locker room down there,” second-year UNC coach Larry Fedora said. “A bunch of guys that played their tails off tonight, gave everything they had, they did everything we asked. ... Just a tough one to swallow for us right now.”
Ebron finished with eight catches for 199 yards — a single-game record for North Carolina tight end — and a 71-yard catch-and-run touchdown in the first quarter. But Ebron had just two catches after halftime, while the Tar Heels settled for three field goals on drives that pushed inside the 20 on the night.

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