The “Turnover Chain” was back Thursday night. And back in a BIG way for the Miami Hurricanes.
And while a lot of the avalanche of defensive success by Miami can be attributed to the Tarheels being terrible most of the night on offense, the Hurricanes had to be happy that time and again their defense made them pay.
Two defensive scores in the first half help build the 33-10 lead at intermission and then, a “pick-six” iced the game for the Canes for good:
— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) September 28, 2018
The Hurricanes have now won four straight, but there will still be some question marks as to their level of competition in those four wins. And, last week at home, they struggled to put crosstown rival FIU away.
Miami, had no such problems scoring an “early knockout” of UNC. Defensive linemen Jonathan Garvin (9 yard fumble return) and Joe Jackson (42 yard INT return of a botched screen pass) demoralized the Heels with their big plays.
Carolina coach Larry Fedora tried a quarterback switch during that half, but it didn’t matter. Miami was swarming everywhere and the issue was decided before the fourth quarter.
The Canes went with N’Kosi Perry as their new starting QB and he only had to throw the ball 12 times. Miami got 114 yards rushing from D.J. Dallas. So, the offense was solid.
Nevertheless, coach Mark Richt and defensive coordinator Manny Diaz have to be happy with what their playmakers on the defensive side of the ball did on Thursday night. They were aggressive and their dominant play spoke for itself.
And now, the reward is the Hurricanes can rest a little and then, begin preparation for the rivalry game with FSU coming to Miami Gardens next Saturday.
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