Tampa Bay Sports Day

UM: No. 8 Hurricanes Remain Unbeaten, Holding Off Tar Heels

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Miami Hurricanes won their seventh straight game to open the season and 12th straight game overall Saturday, topping North Carolina, 24-19, at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Miami QB Malik Rosier finished 16-for-38 for 356 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He has thrown at least one touchdown pass in each of his eight career starts, and multiple touchdowns in seven of eight career starts.

Braxton Berrios led all Hurricanes with seven receptions. He finished with 78 receiving yards, including a long catch of 42 and a touchdown. Berrios has now caught a touchdown pass in five of the Hurricanes’ seven games.

Travis Homer’s 57 receiving yards were a career best. His previous career high was 48 against Toledo this year. Christopher Herndon IV set a career mark with a 51-yard reception on Miami’s first scoring play of the game, putting Miami on top 7-6 in the second quarter.

Wide receiver Jeff Thomas made the first start of his Hurricanes career Saturday afternoon. He had the first 100-yard receiving game of his career, finishing with 101. He scored a touchdown on a 78-yard reception on the first play of the second half.

Kicker Michael Badgley finished 1-for-2 field goal attempts, missing a 53-yarder in the first quarter, hitting from 21 yards in the third quarter.

The Hurricanes forced North Carolina into four turnovers, three of which were interceptions. In Miami’s last two games, the Hurricanes have tallied seven interceptions the last two weeks, which is the most over a two-game stretch since 2010.

RJ McIntosh set a career mark for a game with 11 tackles. His previous high was eight tackles. Jaquan Johnson also tallied 11 tackles, which is one stop shy of his career-best mark.  Michael Jackson recorded his team-high fourth interception and Charles Perry added his first interception of his career.

Freshman Jonathan Garvin blocked a third-quarter punt attempt by the Tar Heels. It was the first punt block by Miami since Zach McCloud accomplished the feat in a 2016 loss at Notre Dame.

UM NOTES: The win was Miami’s first against North Carolina since 2014 and its first in Chapel Hill since the 2013 season. With the victory, the Hurricanes have won 12 straight games dating back to October 2016; it’s the first such streak for the Hurricanes since winning 12 games in 2001 to finish a perfect 12-0 during the regular season. With the win, Mark Richt improves to 16-4 as the Hurricanes’ head coach. His record through 20 games is the third-best mark through 20 games in the modern era of Miami Hurricanes football (since 1979).