UNC hands Miami its first ACC loss

October, 13, 2012
10/13/12
6:04
PM ET

North Carolina has adjusted well to its role of spoiler.

The ineligible Tar Heels can't win the Coastal Division. They can't play in the ACC championship game. But they sure can crash a party.

North Carolina hung on to beat Miami 18-14 on Saturday, earning its first road win of the season and first under coach Larry Fedora. Running back Giovani Bernard had another all-star performance, while Miami quarterback Stephen Morris was injured in the fourth quarter and did not return. Backup quarterback Ryan Williams played admirably, just not well enough to orchestrate a game-winning touchdown drive. It's baffling the Canes couldn't score more, considering UNC helped them out with 15 penalties for 140 yards. Miami, though, simply cannot stop the run, and allowed yet another opponent to rack up over 200 rushing yards. That's going to be a problem next weekend against rival Florida State.

With Miami's loss, four teams -- Miami, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Duke -- now all have one league loss. The Coastal Division standings are even more muddled than they were before.

The one thing that's clear? UNC couldn't care less that it didn't get an invite to this year's party.

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