UNC Rallies--Takes out Miami in Chapel Hill On a cold, rainy afternoon, UNC showed its grit beating Miami 31-24 in a game they never led until Overtime. The all of a sudden resilient Dustin Clancy led the way with 185 yards and 2 TD on 28 carries. 1st quarter The Hurricanes won the toss and elected to kick. UNC got off to a good start, slashing their way to midfield. Then disaster struck. For the 3rd time in 5 weeks, backup Soph. RB Brandon Hayes fumbled the ball on the ensuing drive. Miami made them pay, as Super Sophomore QB A. Francis led the Canes down the field ending with a 12 yard D. Marcus run. Miami forced UNC to punt on the next series, but Senior CB Ryan Fuller added to his legend picking off Francis on the next drive. Jeremy Gold put UNC on the board with a 41 yd fg attempt. 4:32 D. Marcus 12 yard run 2:06 Jeremy Gold 41 yd fg 7-3 Miami 2nd quarter Francis struck again early in the 2nd with another quick hitter to C. Williams. The teams traded blows before Clancy raced off-tackle for a 20 yard score. 7:33 C. Williams 9 Pass from Francis 2:34 D Clancy 20 yd run 14-10 Miami 3rd quarter Both defenses came to play and there were plenty of User Big-Hits to go around. UNC was unlucky as they forced their 2nd fumble of the game, only to have Miami recover their 2nd fumble of the game. 14-10 Miami 4th quarter The beginning of the 4th quarter saw UNC continue to move methodically down the field. On 3rd and 2, UNC's JR QB who had been efficient all day dropped back on what was designed to be a 3-step stop, hop, and pop route. He would never get past stop as the Miami DL pulled off a super slant, bullrushing the entire O-line and sacking the QB before he could look up. UNC would punt, and Miami would roll down the short field for a 40 yard fg. Senior RB Dustin Clancy, never previously much of a leader, could be seen fuming on the sidelines. "I was just curious as to how they were able to blow past our entire O-Line like that. Not one lineman touched ANY of their D-Linemen," Clancy explained later. "Either our coaches need to draw up better schemes, or some of those boys need to be testin for 'dat A-Rod because that should never happen. On the sidelines, I was just tellin Coach Blaza gimme the ball Coach, I GOT us." In the marquee moment of his career, Clancy called his shot racing 70 yards on UNC's very 1st play. Clancy's 98 speed was evident on the dazzling dart as he pulled hard on the speedy Miami defense. Late in the 4th quarter, UNC got a scare as the often injured Clancy, went down after a hard lick. Corso remarked how serious the injury looked. As the UNC medical staff ran onto the field, Coach Blaza ran out with them, worried to death. He looked down at Clancy who was grabbing his leg in agony. Clancy slowly looked up at the med staff, smiled, and screamed "................SIKE BITCHES!!!!!" It was only a scare. Clancy would leave the field on his own power and return shortly thereafter. Miami would score again and UNC would answer with Doucette punching it in with 49 seconds left. The Tarheels almost had their hearts broken as Miami was able to get to the UNC 37 yard line with a chance to spike but the clock struck zero. Jackson 40 yd fg 4:45 70 yard run 3:17 D. Baily 19 yard pass from francis :049 A Doucette run 24-24 tied. OT Miami won the toss and chose defense. UNC looked likely to score, quickly moving down inside the 3. They ran off-tackle when they were inexplicably called for clipping. The penalty moved them back to the 20 yard line (WTF?) with 1st and goal. After being stopped on 1st down, UNC QB fired a dart up the sideline to the TE who was left uncovered. The TE raced to the 1 yard line and was tackled. Brandon Hayes punched in the 1 yard TD. Miami's very first play off OT was then picked off by a diving Jr MLB Jeremy Givens. Givens, who had been promoted to 1st string MLB before the game ran off the field, ball in hand, pointing to his Coach who beamed proudly on the sidelines. "Our game ball goes to Dustin Clancy. He put us on his back this game. This is what we signed him for and what we all knew he was is capable off. His first few years all he cared about was chasin tail, and rollin up that whacky tabacky. He has matured as a player and person and I'm proud of that." UNC's Coach remarked after the game. 31-24 UNC I let out a mighty roar in my living room following that last INT....it was awkward. Great Game Juggie. Very intense.