Miami 34, North Carolina 16
Tyrone Moss rushed for career highs of 195 yards and four touchdowns -- three of which came in the second half -- as No. 6 Miami pulled away to beat North Carolina, 34-16, on Saturday.
"I can't sit here and take all the credit," said Moss, who wasn't used in the final few minutes and became the fifth Miami player to have four rushing touchdowns in a game. "You know, I just went out there and made some good reads. . . . Maybe one more play, I would have had that 200 yards."
The Hurricanes trailed 16-7 at intermission, then scored three touchdowns in an eight-minute span of the third quarter to take control, setting up a showdown with unbeaten Virginia Tech next Saturday for control of the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division.
"We know what type of players we have and we know what type of potential we have," Miami quarterback Kyle Wright said. "If we go out and pass the ball successfully and run the ball successfully, I don't care what they say, they're not going to beat us."
Moss scored on a one-yard run in the first quarter, then added second-half scoring runs of 1, 4 and 15 yards to ensure Miami (6-1, 3-1) wouldn't be upset by North Carolina for the second straight year. Quadtrine Hill recovered a punt he blocked in the end zone for the go-ahead score for Miami, which won its sixth straight.
Miami's defense, which entered ranked No. 1 nationally but yielded 170 first-half yards, held the Tar Heels (3-4, 2-2) to 18 total yards on 30 plays after halftime.
"We played with a lot of emotion, then got kicked in the stomach in the third quarter," North Carolina coach John Bunting said. "It's a tough one."