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North Carolina vs Miami postgame notes

Posted Monday, October 8, 2007

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• Carolina's 27-0 halftime lead marked its largest advantage at intermission since a 52-7 lead over Duke in 2000.

• Carolina rushed for a season-high 183 yards led by 95 by Anthony Elzy and 64 yards from Brandon Tate, both of which are career highs.

• Miami had shut out its opponents 47-0 in the first half over the last three games before Carolina scored 27 first-half points Saturday. The Tar Heels' have now scored 27 or more points in the first half twice this season after tallying 30 against James Madison in the opener.

• Carolina place-kicker Connor Barth made his 16th consecutive field goal in the first quarter - a 33-yarder - to set a UNC record and extended his streak to 19 with three more field goals. It was the first time in his career he has made four field goals in a game. Barth, whose streak dates to the 2005 season, broke the previous mark of 15 straight set by Kenny Miller in 1984. Barth added a 51-yarder later in the second quarter and 35- and 20-yarders in the fourth quarter. He is 8-for-8 this season and was 10-for-10 in 2006 after making his final attempt of 2005.

• Barth has 43 career field goals to tie Clint Gwaltney (1988-91) for second all-time at Carolina. Barth is nine shy of the school record of 52 held by Josh McGee (1996-99).

• Wide receiver Brandon Tate finished with three catches for 54 yards, 64 yards rushing and a combined 105 yards on kickoff and punt returns. He finished the day with 223 all-purpose yards, including a 54-yard touchdown run.

• Noting Brandon Tate's 54-yard second quarter touchdown run: • It marked the longest run of the season by the Tar Heels, surpassing Anthony Elzy's 39-yard TD today in the first quarter. • It was the fourth different way that Tate has scored a touchdown in his career. He now has nine career TDs (3 receiving, 3 kickoff return, 2 punt return and 1 rushing). • It was the first touchdown run for the Tar Heels of 50-plus yards since Darian Durant had a 63 yard TD rush at Clemson in 2003. • It was the first 50-yard run by a Tar Heel since Barrington Edwards had a 62-yard rush at NC State in 2005.

• Tailback Anthony Elzy posted the top rushing game by a Tar Heel this season with 80 yards in the first quarter alone, bettering his 74 yards from the fourth quarter last week at Virginia Tech. He combined for 154 yards on the ground over this two-quarter stretch. Elzy finished with 95 yards on 25 carries and added four catches for 39 yards for 134 total yards and his fourth rushing touchdown.

• Elzy became the first Tar Heel to carry 25 times in a game since Rnnie McGill had 29 vs. Wake Forest in 2006.

• The Tar Heels intercepted four passes for the first time this season and the first time picking off four against Duke in 1999. Safely Deunta Williams recorded his team-best third pick, and Durell Mapp, Quan Sturdivant and Charles Brown each added their first career interceptions. Williams has an interception in each of the last two games.

• Sturdivant also blocked a punt in the second quarter to set up T.J. Yates' one-yard touchdown run, the first of his career. The blocked punt was the third of the season for Carolina and first since the James Madison game.

• Defensive end Hilee Taylor recorded his team-high sixth sack of the season on a key third-down play in the third quarter. He needs just two sacks to move into a tie for eighth on the Tar Heels' single-season list and now has 14.5 career sacks.

• Freshman defensive tackle Marvin Austin registered a sack for the second straight week and how has 2.5 sacks on the season - all over the last two games. He made his third start of the season Saturday.

• Senior Joe Dailey made his first career start at wide receiver and recorded his first catch to convert on third-and-9 in the first quarter. He later added a 20-yard reception to move the chains on third-and-19. Dailey finished with two catches for 38 yards.

• Miami's 97-yard touchdown play from Kyle Wright to Darnell Jenkins marked the longest touchdown pass ever allowed by the Tar Heels and the longest ever touchdown pass in Kenan Stadium. The previous longest pass against UNC was a 90-yarder from Virginia's Scott Gardner to Harrison Davis in 1973. The longest touchdown pass in Kenan Stadium before today was a 78-yarder from UNC's Ronald Curry to Kory Bailey against Georgia Tech in 2000.
• North Carolina's 33-27 win over Miami was the first for Butch Davis over a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent in Chapel Hill. Davis posted a 51-20 record in six seasons at Miami and is now 53-24 in seven seasons as a college head coach.

 
 
North Carolina vs Miami postgame notes
Carolina place-kicker Connor Barth made his 16th consecutive field goal in the first quarter - a 33-yarder - to set a UNC record and extended his streak to 19 with three more field goals.
photo by Gene Galin


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