North Carolina vs. Miami Postgame Notes
Posted Oct 9, 2022
UNC Football claimed a nail-biting 27-24 ACC Coastal Division victory over the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday in Miami Gardens, Fla. Here are notes and stats from the Tar Heels' victory. Game Captains: Corey Gaynor, DeAndre Boykins, Noah Burnette. North Carolina is 2-0 in the ACC Standings and 5-1 overall (3-0 on the road). Miami falls to 2-3, 0-1.
- The victory gives UNC three-straight road victories for the first time since the 2016 team won its first four away games that season. Carolina already had road wins at App State and Georgia State this season.
- UNC improves to 13-11 against the Hurricanes and has won four-straight games over the Hurricanes, the longest winning streak by either team in the series that dates to 1946.
- Mack Brown is 270-140-1 all-time as a head coach, including 95-64-1 as UNC’s head coach.
- Brown is now 4-0 all-time against Miami.
- UNC had scoring drives of 95 yards in the first quarter and 99 yards in the second quarter. That marked the first time the Tar Heels have had two 90+ yard drives in the same game since the 2019 season-opening victory over South Carolina in Charlotte, N.C.
- Carolina also put together its longest drive of the year that consumed 8:21 of the fourth quarter over 18 plays and 81 yards that culminated with a 19-yard FG from Noah Burnette.
- The Tar Heels gave up seven points in the second half, a week removed from shutting out Virginia Tech in the second half.
- Carolina surrendered only 41 rushing yards to Miami, the fewest since Virginia ran for 24 yards in 2021.
- Drake Maye has accounted for 24 touchdowns (21 passing, three by rush) in the first six games of the season.
- Red-shirt freshman quarterback Drake Maye completed 19 of 28 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 53 rushing yards to compile 362 total yards on the night. He has at least 300 yards of total offense in five of six games and his season-low is 299 against Georgia State.
- Maye has thrown 21 touchdown passes, the most by a Tar Heel in the first six games in a season. The previous high was 16 by Sam Howell in 2021.
- The 21 touchdowns are tied for the most in any six consecutive games in program history. Sam Howell had an equal amount in 2019 between the Georgia Tech and Mercer games of his freshman campaign.
- Maye’s 1,903 passing yards are the most in the first six games of a UNC single season. The previous high was Sam Howell’s 1,846 yards in 2020.
- Maye has thrown multiple TD passes in all six games this season (five, four, two, five, three, and two, respectively).
- Since 2000, Maye joins Jameis Winston (2013) and Kenny Pickett (2021) as the third ACC player with 20 or more total TDs through six games.
- Josh Downs had a team-high six receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown. He leads the team with five receiving touchdowns this season, while his 16 career TDs are tied for 10th in program history with Dwight Jones (2008-11). Downs has 15 touchdowns in his last 18 games.
- J.J. Jones hauled in a career-long 74-yard reception for a touchdown on UNC’s opening drive and finished with 80 yards on two receptions.
- Caleb Hood started at running back for the second-straight game and had a career-high 13 carries for a gamehigh 74 yards. The Tar Heels outgained the Hurricanes on the ground, 161-41.
- Power Echols recorded a career-high 14 tackles to top his previous best 11 stops earlier this season against Notre Dame.
- Cedric Gray also notched double figures in tackles with 13 stops, his fourth game with 10 or more tackles this season. He also forced his second fumble of his career in the fourth quarter.
- DeAndre Boykins is the first Tar Heel to have an interception and a sack in the same game since Jeremiah Gemmel at Pitt in 2021. He added four tackles.
- Noah Taylor registered a sack and leads the team with 3.5 sacks and 5.5 TFL this season.
- Miami QB Tyler Van Dyke’s 42 completions are the most ever by an opposing quarterback in Tar Heel history. The previous high was 41 by Dominique Davis of East Carolina in 2011. His 57 passing attempts are tied for the fourth most, while his 497 passing yards are the second most ever allowed. Virginia’s Brennan Armstrong had 554 yards in 2021.
Courtesy UNC Athletics Communications
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