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Miami was the No. 10 team in the country heading into Saturday, but the Hurricanes certainly didn’t play like it. Instead, it was North Carolina that put up an offensive performance for the record books.
The Tar Heels are now 8-3 after winning 62-26. With that lopsided final score, most would probably think star quarterback Sam Howell put up the numbers of a lifetime. Surprisingly enough, that wasn’t the case.
Instead, Howell posted his second-lowest passing yardage total of the season.
It was actually North Carolina’s rushing attack that made the difference. The group collectively ran for 554 yards and six scores while averaging an eye-popping 10.1 yards per carry.
More specifically, it was the Michael Carter-Javonte Williams show.
The two combined for 544 of those yards and five of the six touchdowns. It was the most rushing yards by a pair of teammates in a single game in FBS history, according to the Miami Herald.
— ACC Network (@accnetwork) December 12, 2020
This was also the most rushing yards allowed by a Miami defense in the history of the Hurricane program. A truly embarrassing performance, and it will keep them out of a New Year’s Six Bowl next month.
North Carolina’s performance, on the other hand, will help more than just its own program.
Notre Dame is currently in the hunt for a spot in the College Football Playoff. And considering the Fighting Irish defeated the Tar Heels 31-17 back in late November, that win now looks even more impressive.
It’s possible that not even a loss to Clemson in the ACC Championship Game next Saturday can get Brian Kelly’s squad out of the top four.
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