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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.

FOURTH QUARTER
- 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.

THIRD QUARTER
- 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.

SECOND QUARTER

- 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.

FIRST QUARTER
- 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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Great...next year I will have the worst team in the NFL and the ACC playing in my stadium....more money in my pockets....hahahahahahahaha!!!!

Typo... lays into his players

the defense is responsible for this azz kicking. When are we going to get more aggresive on defense. That vanilla 4-3 read and react defense SUCKS please get more aggresive. Do we have a goaline defense package? it will be nice to employ it on 3rd and short and goaline situations. That goaline stand was horrible.

Wright just need to sit down, and stop locking in one reciever( Leggett).Defense needs to blitz or do something to NC out of rhythmm.The whole team is playing flat. It's gut check time. The way that they are playing, I doubt that they'll win an away game.

One more thing....what's up with RB position? Isn't Cooper and James the real deal?

It doesn't matter if Shannon can recruit. You gotta be able to coach up the players; and i doubt this staff can do it.

The reality is this isn't a very good team and hasn't been very good for a few years. We will probably see a lot more games like this during the season.

I agree Manny. Everyone also forgets that Butch had two mediocre QB's for a long time (Clement and Covington). I was so frustrating to watch, but Butch always had the wild card in his back pocket,i.e. loss of scholarships. That kept media pressure off for a while, and he was given years to rebuild the team. Randy cannot deflect anything, and there is a lot expected from him after 6 games. The problem is that unlike Ryan Clement, KW was a big time recruit. Manny, do you think we come out pumped up this half? I will be impressed if Randy can get these guys going.

OK Kyle is looking less than average today but does anyone really want to see Freeman out there? I really think if Freeman goes in that Shannon is mailing this one in. My how the mighty have fallen.

If Kirby gets the 2nd half it just shows that RS is still way too wishy washy. Pick a f'in QB and stick with him da*mmit.

My god the Canes look horrible getting blown out by the worst team in the ACC. If Miami continues to play like this they will lose the rest of there games and not even make a bowl game. What is up with the top 10 talented Canes. They need to beat these extremely weak teams. There need to start playing better or their program will fall in the sewer. I hope they come back and win.

News Update, I was in the UM locker room during half time, they were practicing their dance moves.

Fred Freep is a prognosticating GENIUS. He predicted this would happen a week ago.

YES!

Wow. Did you hear what the ESPN sideline reporter said? Someone on UM, not sure who I missed that part, asked him if he had lots of batteries in his mike because Miami was going to mount the biggest comeback in college football history. Strong words.

The comeback begins NOW!

Really a poor 1st half. But come on Canes fans, what did you expect? This is not a championship team. The very best they can hope for is a 500 finish to this season and that would be pushing it. We have maybe 1 playmaker on this whole team and that's Campbell.
This is Cokers abortion and lets not forget it. Shannon is doing a good job for what he has.

Watch LSU/FL tonight...compare the speed, size and determination and then look at Miami. We are years away, but be patient. It will come.

Butch Davis and North Carolina is having Miami for breakfast

Alright on the board early in the 2nd. build on it baby, a lot of football left. Play like you got nothing to lose. Be aggressive and show me a quick strike like years past!

Bipolar Canes fans are welcomed to join the bandwagon again. Guess Randy got his message across.

Now, can the Canes keep it going?

Ok...here's the deal. Let's have as look at this program since Donna got here...SOUTH. And I mean SOUTH. Focus on academics. Hire a minority head coach. Yada, yada...
News flash here Canes Fans. Butch Davis wasn't even approached about this job after Coker got fired. He said so himself.
Can we as Cane fanes agree that we just
aren't very good. We haven't beaten anybody. Look at the records of who we've beat. Can you say EXPOSED?

TERAZ ... fumble recovery

turnover! here we go!

interference in the end zone...

touchdown, miami!

YES!

Can you smell what the Canes are cooking??? Smells like a comeback.

I a loving this!!!!

I would like to put myself into the running as the starting place kicker for UM....i am a 28 year old retired high school kicker and would NEVER miss a PAT!!!

GIMME A FREAKIN BREAK!!!

I didn't think it might be a close game as lousy as the canes were playing in the first half. I f*cking swear, though, if this f@cking game comes down to three points or less and the canes lose, hurricane fans need to raise hell in all channels of communication (i.e. radio, t.v., internet) on the fake bugus phantom roughing the passer call that gave UNC a first down and soon there after a field goal!

I didn't think it might be a close game as lousy as the canes were playing in the first half. I f*cking swear, though, if this f@cking game comes down to three points or less and the canes lose, hurricane fans need to raise hell in all channels of communication (i.e. radio, t.v., internet) on the fake bugus phantom roughing the passer call that gave UNC a first down and soon there after a field goal!

This is an official Public Service Announcement for all Canes fans. If you turned off your TV to conserve energy at halftime, feel free to turn it back on.

The Canes are alive and kicking here in the third quarter. It's now 27-13.

It's so painfully obvious that the canes need their savior charlie jones back...

Welp, guess phillips wants to play in 2nd half! Great go for 6 be aggressive, love it. Unfortunately Z has sea legs today but on the bright side it looks like Shannon is going to stick with Wright and keep Freeman on the bench in case of emergency. Keep it up Canes.

What is the deal with our special teams?

nice hands,dyke.

That they are very unspecial.

Just wait till Anthony Reddick is back and shit is really going down..

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!

YES!

the canes of old!

omg...kyle is doing the impossible!

What a throw!!

Wow, if at first you don't succeed try again!

20-27 BEWARE

holly crap!!!! TD!

Don't get you're hopes up though...surely kyle will fumble in the next drive and unc will pick it up and take it to the house..

I didn't think it might be a close game as lousy as the canes were playing in the first half. I f*cking swear, though, if this f@cking game comes down to three points or less and the canes lose, hurricane fans need to raise hell in all channels of communication (i.e. radio, t.v., internet) on the fake bugus phantom roughing the passer call that gave UNC a first down and soon there after a field goal!

Wheres Kayne? is he playing?

Teraz McCray for president!

I don't want to compare UNC to Florida but anyone else remember that game against Florida maybe 5 years ago where Berlin was terrible in the first half and brought Miami back from like 30 pts in the 2nd half? Seeing some shades of it.

Just do it Canes

Oh I get it now! Those were Miami Dolphins players playing in UM colors during the first half!

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