North Carolina holds on to beat Miami 18-14

North Carolina holds on to beat Miami 18-14
October 13, 2012, 6:03 pm
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Miami's Denzel Perryman (52) tries to knock North Carolina's Erik Highsmith (88) out of bounds during the first half of a NCAA college football game in Miami, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

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MIAMI (AP) Giovani Bernard ran for two touchdowns and North Carolina survived a slew of penalties to beat Miami 18-14 Saturday, handing the Hurricanes their first Atlantic Coast Conference loss.

Bernard scored on runs of 10 and 17 yards for the Tar Heels (5-2, 2-1). It was the fourth straight win for North Carolina, which was penalized 15 times.

Mike James and Stephen Morris each had touchdown runs for Miami (4-3, 3-1), which may have lost more than a game. Morris, Miami's quarterback, was helped off the field with 8:26 remaining after apparently hurting his left ankle. He had a large icepack strapped to the ankle shortly afterward and did not return.

Backup Ryan Williams was called in and threw an incompletion on fourth-and-6 from the North Carolina 26 with 5:45 left. UNC took nearly four minutes off the clock before punting to Miami with 1:47 left, then held on from there.