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Off the cuff: Carolina coaches had an up and down performance but luckily for UNC the calls at the end ultimately worked. One particularly bad play call took the Heels out of reasonable field goal position late in the game. You don't take deep drops when a sack makes you have to attempt a 53-yard field goal. But subsequent quick pass patterns during the rally made up for the error and a couple of others.

Coach Davis admitted at halftime that he shouldn't have called for the punt block on the play where Carolina was penalized for running into the kicker. Then, the Heels called a running play with 25 seconds left in the first half with the ball at their own 6. Greg Little was fighting for an extra yard. That's when you can have a fumble. Just take a danged knee - don't run a play and fight for yardage.

That was an emotional win, especially after blowing the game against Virginia Tech. Miami was looking solid but Carolina hung tough and got consistent, confident play from Cam Sexton at QB. Radio announcer Woody Durham seemed to almost cry as he told Sexton how much he respected him for hanging in there and remaining a Tar Heel and not transferring after losing the starting position before last season. Sexton said "I love this University" and I add that it's University with a Capital U.

Isn't it weird how Miami calls themselves "The U" when virtually every team has "University" in its name? I much prefer hearing "THE Ohio State University." At least that makes some sense.

By the way, linemen pushing their own runner forward is supposed to be against the rules but it was done by both teams, especially No. 67 senior Tyrone Byrd for Miami - he was an unabashed expert at it.

The announcers Dave Pasch and Andre Ware were scripted and seemed to have their minds made up as to what they were going to say at what portion of the game. You gotta go with the flow guys. Once, Ware had to interrupt himself talking about something besides what was going on at the field by saying, "let's take a look at the field goal here." Yeah, let's, shall we?

There was so much information overload, what with tailgating information (including recipes), in-game break aways and promotion of other upcoming events. They even showed two people eating in the stands to supposedly make their point about eating at games. Of all the people eating in the stands, they chose two people who had big Barack Obama t-shirts on. Seems that even the sports media is in the tank for Obama. No emails complaining about that comment please - i don't care for McCain either but it is painfully obvious who the majority of media wants to win the election.

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U stands for Upset and UNC, the real U

The University of North Carolina Tar Heels, behind previously third-string quarterback Cameron Sexton, rallied to defeat the university of miami hurricanes with 14 straight points including a winning TD with less than a minute to play.

Sexton came on in the first half for an ineffective Mike Paulus, who got the start after T.J. Yates was injured in the loss to Virginia Tech. He proceeded to complete 11 passes in 19 attempts for 242 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Behind 24-14 in the fourth quarter, Sexton found Hakeem Nicks up the middle for a long completion and Nicks' speed did the rest as the Heels cut the lead to 24-21 on the 74-yard play.

On Miami's next drive, Carolina's Tremaine Goddard intercepted an overthrown pass and returned it 34 yards to the Miami 43 with 6:30 to go. But UNC lost six yards on three plays and Jay Wooten tried a 53-yard field goal and missed wide left.

The university of miami could not move when it got the ball. Carolina used its timeouts and forced a punt on fourth and 14 with 3:01 left. UNC's Bruce Carter got a piece of the punt and Carolina took over at its own 44 with 2:49 to go.

A quick pass to Brandon Tate for 14 yards put the Heels in Miami territory at the 42. On second and 3, Sexton slung an out pattern to Tate for a first down at the 24. An interference call against Miami on Brooks Foster gave the Heels a first down at the 14 with 1:30 to go.

On second and 10, Sexton rolled right and found a leaping Foster at the right side of the end zone for the score. Wooten's PAT made it 28-24 with 46 seconds left.

After the kickoff, Miami took over at its own 31 yard line with 42 seconds to go. A pass interference call gave the hurricanes a first down at midfield. A long pass down the middle of the field put Miami at the 20 with 15 seconds left.

On second and 10 with 10 seconds left, Miami QB Robert Marve went for the end zone. The pass went in and out of his receiver's hands and was taken down by Goddard, whose second interception of the day ended the game in dramatic fashion.

The high the Heels felt was even higher than it might have been because of the low they felt following the Virginia Tech loss. UNC coach Butch Davis, who won big as the head coach at Miami, said: "After that game, we might not need that plane to fly home."

Carolina moves to 3-1 (1-1) while Miami drops to 2-2 (0-1).

Miami started the game strong with an opening drive that ended with a nine-yard TD pass from Marve to Kayne Farquharson. Following a botched UNC punt late in the first quarter, Miami scored again on an 11-yard pass from Marve to Graig Cooper.

In the second quarter, UNC's Greg Little scored on a churning, six-yard run to cap a seven-play, 58-yard drive to draw the Heels to 14-7.

Trailing 17-7 at the half, Carolina opened the second half with an impressive six-play, 60-yard drive that ended with a TD run by Ryan Houston to cut it to 17-14. In the fourth quarter, Marve connected for his third touchdown pass - this one on a scrambling four-yard pass to Aldarius Johnson.

That seemingly wrapped it up for the hurricanes at 24-14 before the late game heroics by the Tar Heels - most notably Sexton, Nicks, Foster and Goddard.

Carolina returns home to play undefeated Connecticut Oct. 4.

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As a student sports editor years ago, prior to the season, Clifton Barnes predicted a national championship for the Tar Heels and indeed they won. In fact he wrote his lede paragraph for the national championship game almost a year early. He regrets that he didn't keep a journal after each game. While he didn't predict a championship this season, he did have those same feelings. He kept a journal after each game of the 2007-2008 season and you can reach them here. He recently completed writing about UNC's baseball season and will write an analysis after each UNC football game.