Miami (Fla.) 27, North Carolina 23

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Dallas Crawford ran for a 3-yard touchdown with 16 seconds remaining as No. 10 Miami overcame a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to defeat North Carolina 27-23 in an Atlantic Coast Conference game Thursday night at Kenan Stadium.
Crawford gained 113 of his 137 rushing yards in the second half. His last run capped a 90-yard drive that began with 4:11 to play. He carried the ball 33 times.
The Hurricanes (6-0, 2-0 ACC) won despite quarterback Stephen Morris throwing four interceptions.
Thomas Moore kicked three field goals for the Tar Heels, who lost for the seventh consecutive time when facing a ranked team.
North Carolina (1-5, 0-3) took the game's final snap at the Miami 28-yard line with three seconds left, but Bryn Renner threw an incompletion in the back of the end zone.
Miami, which entered the week rated ninth nationally with an average of 45.2 points per game, didn't score a touchdown against North Carolina's defense until the fourth quarter.
Crawford's 3-yard touchdown run with 11:29 left brought the Hurricanes within 23-20.
Renner completed 15 consecutive passes during one stretch for a single-game school record. He finished 28-for-36 for 297 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Two of Morris' interceptions were clutched by freshman Dominique Green. Morris finished 19-for-35 with 322 yards.
North Carolina didn't convert after the final interception despite starting at Miami's 49. Renner was picked off by Tracy Howard, who also had two interceptions.
Eric Ebron set a North Carolina record for most receiving yards in a game by a tight end, gaining 199 yards on eight catches .
Injuries battered Miami in the first half, with the Hurricanes losing running back Duke Johnson (83 yards on eight first-quarter carries) and receiver Phillip Dorsett (68 yards on two catches).
The Tar Heels led 17-13 at the half.
Two red-zone stands by North Carolina defense defined the opening half until the momentum began to turn with 12:33 left in the second quarter.
Miami's Artie Burns blocked Thomas Moore's 47-yard field-goal attempt, and Ladarius Gunter caught the ball in the air and ran 67 yards for a touchdown.
The Tar Heels responded on their next possession, capped by Bryn Renner's 20-yard touchdown strike to Quinshad Davis. North Carolina pushed its lead to 17-13 on Moore's 25-yard field goal with 3:32 left in the half.
Miami struck first on Matt Goudis' 22-yard field goal after the Hurricanes had first-and-goal at the 1 but were pushed back. Johnson burst 59 yards to the North Carolina 12 for the big play.
Renner, who missed the Tar Heels' previous game with an ankle injury, made his 30th career start. Backup quarterback Marquise Williams entered midway through the second series and threw an interception to Miami's Tracy Howard on his first play.
Williams' next pass went for a 71-yard touchdown play to tight end Eric Ebron, a junior credited with his longest career reception.
Miami entered the game having allowed only two passing touchdowns this season, tied with Florida for the fewest in the country.
The Hurricanes threatened again in the first quarter, set up by Stephen Morris' 68-yard pass play to Dorsett. However, Miami settled for Goudis' 20-yard field goal.
North Carolina freshman Dominique Green made his first career interception on Miami's first possession.
Goudis was wide right on a 43-yard field goal attempt on the opening drive of the second half.
North Carolina followed by increasing its lead to 20-13 on Moore's 35-yard field goal with 6:59 remaining in the third quarter. He was good from 22 yards out in the first minute of the fourth quarter.
NOTES: Miami's first touchdown marked the first time North Carolina had a field goal blocked and turned into a touchdown since 2004 against Duke. ... North Carolina last defeated a Top 10 team in 2004, edging then-No. 4 Miami 31-28 at home. ... North Carolina wore black jersey tops and pants for the first time on what was billed as "Zero Dark Thursday." ... In North Carolina's only previous Thursday night game on its campus, the Tar Heels lost to Florida State in 2009. ... Miami freshman FB Walter Tucker, listed second on the depth chart, was out with a lower-body injury. ... Both teams are home Oct. 26 for their next game. Miami welcomes Wake Forest, while North Carolina faces Boston College. ... Miami, which is ranked in the Top 10 for the first time since 2009, played its first out-of-state game.

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