North Carolina tops Miami in a thriller

A general view of UNC's football stadium

A general view of UNC's football stadium

North Carolina has now won both the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and the ACC-Ivy League Conference Crossover.

Miami is coming off a 24-20 loss to Florida in Week 0 and will be well-rested following a bye week in Week 1.

The Tar Heels got the confidence-boosting win they desperately needed against SC in Mack Brown's return to the sideline. After a failed two-point conversion Miami led 25-20. Williams held his own with 214 yards and a touchdown through the air, but he'll need to be accompanied by more than 87 rushing yards if the coaching staff hopes to give him a fair chance.

Brown will coach the Tar Heels in Kenan Stadium for the first time since a 50-14 win against rival Duke in November 1997, when he was wrapping up a decade-long tenure here before departing for Texas. But UNC freshman quarterback Sam Howell did not waiver.

The last time we saw Miami seemed like an eternity ago. Their group returns several three-year starters in Shaquille Quarterman, Michael Pinckney and Zach McCloud. After gaining 171 yards in the first quarter, UNC could only manage a mere five yards in the second. The 'Canes play Central Michigan the following week before the rest of the ACC slate awaits them when Virgiina Tech comes to town on October 5.

The Hurricanes are trying to avoid the program's first 0-2 start since falling to Colorado and Florida State in 1978. The 118 penalty yards did the offense no favors either, so that'll have to be addressed before Saturday as well. Dallas showed what he's capable of and Williams is a promising signal-caller. The Tar Heels will also be favored to go 4-0, which could set up a ranked match-up at home against the Clemson Tigers.

No matter. The Tar Heels (2-0, 1-0) are 2-0 for the first time since 2014 after this one, which followed a comeback from 11 down in the fourth to beat SC 24-20.

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Howell's ideal throw found Newsome dragging his toes inches from the sideline from 10 yards out.

For the second consecutive week, North Carolina trailed in the fourth quarter and came back to win.

Miami (FL) is an incredibly talented team and will give the Tar Heels a run for their money in Chapel Hill. North Carolina won its game against SC outright despite getting points.

The Tar Heels beat SC 24-20 this past Saturday. North Carolina odds, while the over-under is 46.5. The visit came as a surprise for some as Todd is thought to be leaning to either Kentucky or Memphis in his recruitment but the Tar Heels haven't backed off.

So who wins North Carolina vs. Miami?

Despite UNC's struggles to run the ball, Howell played well.

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