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Game day blog: Carolina 33, UM 27 (F)

l've had beer, chips and my TV set tuned into ESPN2 from my living room. I watched the Canes take on former coach Butch Davis and the Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill. We shared our thoughts  and I kept track of some notes as the game went on.

- UNC finds itself back in Miami territory when UM cornerback Bruce Johnson falls down on coverage on a short pass and Brandon Tate runs past the Miami defense -- despite losing his shoe -- all the way to UM 27. UNC settles for a field goa, making 30-20 with 14:12 left to play.
- Can the Canes keep their momentum going now? The offensed has to come through again now.
- Big third down conversion on 3rd and 15. Wright finds Sam Shields over the middle for a first down. But shortly after, Wright throws his third interception of the game when he forces the ball in. UNC takes over at its 41.
- Well, UM's defense limits the damage and holds UNC to another Conner Barth field goal, his fourth of the game. With 10:55 left to play, Miami trails 33-20.
- Miami is moving the football on the ground, peppering UNC with Graig Cooper and Javarris James. Can the Hurricanes score?
- Big fourth down with 6:47 left to play deep inside UNC territory. Wright keeps it and gets the first down. Canes fans can breathe a momentary sigh of relief.
- And it lasts just a moment. Another bad decision and bad throw by Kyle Wright. Four interceptions for Wright. It looks like it just isn't meant to be for Miami. 6:15 left to play.
- It's not over yet. Graig Cooper flips the ball to Darnell Jenkins on a punt return, the Canes build a wall and Miami moves the ball to the UNC 11 with 2:59 to play. Miami eventually scores on a Javarris James' plunge with 1:17 left to play in the game. But the Canes had to blow two time outs inside the 5. Now, they need an onside kick.
- Hakeem Nicks recovers the onside kick for UNC. The Canes are going to go down in UNC again. But at least, they battled back and made a game of it. They just couldn't overcome a terrible first half.

- Wow. What was that? With 12:38 to go in the first half, a different UM team comes out of the break and marches right down the field and scores a touchdown on a 1-yard Kyle Wright sneak to make it 27-7.
- The Rock was at UM this week. Anybody smell a comeback?
- On UNC's first drive of the second half, the Canes force a fumble on the their third play. Kenny Phillips forces it. Spencer Adkins recovers. Miami has the ball at UNC 30.
- Miami capitalizes when Wright connects with Sam Shields on a 4-yard, fourth down touchdown pass. Francesco Zampogna, though, misses the extra point when he hits the upright. But so far, the Canes have shown some life. It's 27-13 now.
- It was announced on TV by the way that McCarthy and Dixon will not return from their injuries today.
- Change the quarterback! This team stinks! Where are you now pessimistic Canes fans? Kyle Wright connects with Darnell Jenkins on a 97-yard touchdown pass to make it 27-20 with 4:22 left in the third quarter. Wright tried it first with Shields, but overthrew him. The second longest play in UM history has the Canes right back in the game. Wow!
- The Canes get the ball back, but on third down, Wright gets sacked. Miami ends up punting and UNC gets the ball back. The pressure is now once again on Miami's defense.


- Canes have put themselves in a much deeper hole after having a punt blocked inside their own 20. Yates scores on a 1-yard sneak with 11:25 left to put Carolina up 20-0.
- Both Antonio Dixon and Colin McCarthy were injured in the last series. Dixon had to be helped off the field and appears to have suffered a serious knee injury.
- The nightmare continues. After Kyle Wright and the offense struggle to pick up a first down again, UNC takes over and scores again. Brandon Tate on a 55-yard reverse makes it 27-0 with 9:59 left in the first half. Is it time to fire up the buses? Already?
- What I wouldn't do to be a fly on the wall in the Canes locker room right now. UM has been outgained 279-113.
- Kyle Wright has thrown two interceptions and has looked like the old Kyle Wright. Everything has gone wrong.

- After the teams exchange punts, Carolina draws first blood when Anthony Elzy gashes the Miami defense on a long touchdown run with 10:33 left in the first quarter.
- With 4:33 left in the first quarter, Conner Barth connects on his 16th straight field goal, a 33-yarder, to put Carolina up 10-0. On the drive, Calais Campbell was flagged for a phantom roughing the passer penalty. Replays showed Campbell never hit quarterback T.J. Yates. Amazing!
- Miami responds by moving the ball downfield after Ryan Hill gives them a real nice return out to midfield. But the drive fizzles and Francesco Zampogna misses a 32-yard field goal with 2:15 left.
- The hits keep on coming for Carolina. After another long passing play moves the ball into Miami territory, Conner Barth -- that guy again -- connects on a season-long 51-yard field goal to put Carolina up 13-0.
- This just in: The Canes are in trouble.


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Why is Calais on sideline ?

Just like in the OU game our defense is getting hurt. I'm scratching my head, and wondering if they really want to play.
Just FYI miami hasn't stopped UNC since the first drive. The other time the QB threw the ball behind the receiver and was incomplete.

No emotion, lousy play. Randy needs to take control of the defensive now. Serious adjustments are needed.

Its funny how many of you are ready to turn in your Canes fans membership cards. Today is a bad day. But last year was much worse than this. Shannon needs time to get this team to get rid of its bad habits. This game by the way is not over yet. Lot of time left.

Back to Boise for a bowl!!!

Antonio Dixon sidelined with a knee injury

The offensive needs to put together a drive. Defense needs time to re-group.

Manny, you are right. It is just frustrating when we know they can give a better effort than this.

yup Shannon has a very long way to go and this team isnt playing up to the top 50 let alone top 25 , this sad showing against a 1-4 team show our guys are weak, slow , and heartless , those 2 quarterback sneaks just proved who were the men in this game and who were the boys , I have never said this in 30 years of cheering for my canes but the best thing they could do atm is get on the bus and go home , they are emotionally not even close to ready to play this game.

nice throw wright

Embarrassing !!!

wright has me wishing costa was still around

The receivers are not helping Wright.

and manny , Im not turning in any card nor the canes colors off my trucks , but the truth is the truth, and if you remember last year , our sad record came in ACC play , and as much as I hate to say it my pre season hopes of a 9-3 team is falling to a reality of 7-5 , the same as it was under coker, and until the new recruits come with the "attitude" you need to have to be winners , this team just doesnt have it .. and I can recall many many times when canes were in situations in the past and it was canes "players" who jumped up and down on the sideline and pumped up the others to make them play to what was needed , you "NEVER" see that anymore with these canes. they just lay down and take it

At least the defense knows how to dance



They are taking Miami to the woodshed for a royal ass whooping. Now, I know you guys are getting even more frustrated.

Outplayed, Outcoached, OUT- EVERYTHING !!!

Get Carlos Armour out of there now !!!

all I can say is FIND THE BUS hell send in the cheerleaders! be well all im done for today time to play some games and forget this totaly PISS POOR lack of PERFORMANCE... be well all and see ya next week , canes wont do better than 7-5 , I would bet my house on it, no change for this yr , maybe next.

27-0 and there's still about 10 minutes left. The offense isn't doing anything. I don't think they have registered a first down yet....except for the one when the Tarheels stop playing when there was a penalty. The offense needs to get it together. Hang in there though fellas.... things will get better.

Right now the Canes would be perfect for one of those Southwest Airline commercials... wanna get away?

We are being beaten on all facets of the game... Offense, Defense & Special Team.

Manny I understand where you coming from when you say there is parody in CFB much like the NFL.
I agree, but if RS has been preaching all week long that Duke was going to play for all 60 minutes and not give up, why do we still lose focus? Why does it come down to the 4th quarter for our D to come up with a huge play to SOA against Duke?
It seems like this team much like our fan base if they taste any little bit of success starts feeling themselves a little bit too much.
We are not LSU where we can sleep walk the first half and just turn it on and put a tema away we dont have that type of talent.

You talk about USC playing a close game against UW. But if you watched that game USC made alot of mistakes and was playing in a tough environment, thats why that game was even as close as it was, look at the stats. They have enuff talent to overcome those mistakes. We dont, so we need to stay focus. UNC is potential disaster waiting to happen for us.

Posted by: TRILL AZZ CANE | October 01, 2007 at 09:38 AM

No Emotion.

Why was the defense doing that jig during the time out? If they can't outplay them out thug them. Way to go UM!

hurry up

Manny you got jokes huh? LOL... very funny... Finally the Canes have a first down, courtesy of Cooper from KW

What's wrong with the O-line? They usually show up.

Lets do some analysis here UM fans, and I know this might be tough but stay with me:

UNC kicking the crap of UM
USF beat UNC

So, you still think UM is in the top three in the state? Well at least UM players can dance and act like they have swagger.


SCHOOLED...I have said this since day one. Randy Shannon IS NOT head coach material.
SCHOOLED by Stoops, SCHOOLED by Davis.
I know he's not on the field but these kids are totally unprepared and FLAT. Just like the OU game. That IS his responsibility.
Write this down. ANYTIME RS coaches against a real coach, he'll get his ass kicked.
Thanks for coming. 7-5...watch the slide...

I cant add anything to what everyone has posted, its a sad day to be a UM fan. Shannon for some reason needs to go back to coaching the defense because him being the head coach is not working.

Let me be the first to say it. Shannon will be able to recruit the brothers but he won't be able to coach worth a damn!
He is over his head. Kyle "Ain't" Wright and neither is the rest of team. Where is the vaunted defense? NC came in ranked 107th in rushing! This is a 1-4 team. It seems that Texas A&M wasn't the only overrated team on the field that Thursday night!

North South Craig, North South!

Cut it to 20-7 boys.....here we go!

Well, it seems like the Offense has something going now. I hope my comment doesn't jinx them.

old KW sack

Damn! as soon as I made a comment, the offense sputters. Kyle should have thrown that ball as soon as he got it in his hands... darn it!

At least wear a headset the whole game Randy.....you're not Joe Pa!!!

COOP 1st down

dude is just amazing how sorry we can play against an opponent as sorry as north carolina. never in million would i imagine the canes losing to a mediocre team. but last season and this season is a nightmare.. i just hope it does not take a toll on our recruiting class.. this are games that we should win. this are games that if we lose, we lose on recruiting players like patchan, sabino, luiget, players that could make an improvement in two years.. but i just dont simply understand... when did dis happen, when did we started heading the wrong direction to rock bottom.....

old KW int

Lousy that KW is.......

This team has NO HEART.

Long season, folks.

Horrible decision by Wright !

Oh, and what happened to the discipline play Shannon promised? Your team is down 20-0 and you and your stupid Ibis are dancing on the other team's turf?!! Next play, boom! Reverse for a touchdown. Yeah real disciplined that bunch.

I've got my beer, chips and my TV set tuned into ESPN2 from my living room. Let's watch the Canes together and share our thoughts as they take on former coach Butch Davis and the Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill.

You might want to turn the channel CANES...

another mistake. This is hard to take.

Look, our QB sucks! Why in the world was he throwing in double coverage? QB is our biggest issue right now. We have to have that resolved first.

Who else is getting countless texts messages on how our beloved Canes blo???
I can't take it!!!

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