MIAMI (AP) -- Javarris James had a 62-yard touchdown run for
Miami's longest play of the season, finishing with 111 yards to
help the Hurricanes beat North Carolina 27-7 on Saturday.
Starting safety Lovon Ponder threw a touchdown pass to Sam
Shields on a trick play and Charlie Jones had a 1-yard touchdown
run for Miami (3-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), which set a
season high for points against a Division I-A opponent.
Ronnie McGill had a 2-yard touchdown run for North Carolina
(1-4, 0-3), while quarterback Cam Sexton completed 9 of 28 passes
for 136 yards and was intercepted twice -- mistakes that led to 10
North Carolina beat Miami two seasons ago in Chapel Hill 31-28,
then held a 16-7 halftime edge in its visit last season before
falling at the Orange Bowl -- but another upset bid never
Miami outgained North Carolina 324-244 and outscored the Tar
Heels 17-0 in the final 31 minutes.
James' run was the deciding blow.
He burst through the right side of the line, then made a nifty
move to avoid safety Cooter Arnold's last-ditch tackle attempt
inside the North Carolina 5 with 9:27 left in the third to give
Miami a 24-7 lead. Since becoming Miami's starter, James has 259
yards in two games.
Miami used some trickery to open the scoring.
One play after North Carolina -- which has lost its four games to
Division I-A foes by a combined 135-40 margin -- punted only to its
own 37 late in the first quarter, Ponder got the ball near the left
sideline and got Tar Heels cornerback Quinton Person to bite on the
That freed Shields, who hauled in Ponder's pass for an easy
touchdown -- the first caught by a Miami receiver all season. Jon
Peattie made it 10-0 midway through the second quarter with a
39-yard field goal.
North Carolina got back into the game after two 15-yard Miami
penalties. Brian Monroe's kickoff after Peattie's score went out of
bounds, giving the Tar Heels the ball at their 35, and Baraka
Atkins was flagged for a face mask after throwing Sexton to the
Three plays later, Sexton hit Hakeem Nicks over the middle for
37 yards, giving North Carolina first-and-goal from the 2 -- and
McGill did the rest, plunging in to cut Miami's lead to 10-7.
But that was the final highlight for the Tar Heels.
Sexton was intercepted by Miami's Jon Beason with 1:29 left
before halftime, and the Hurricanes went 56 yards in seven plays --
with Jones' 1-yard score restoring the 10-point margin.
After James' long run, Peattie stretched the lead to 27-7 later
in the third with a 40-yard field goal shortly after Sexton was
intercepted by Miami's Randy Phillips.