John Scott kicked a 37-yard field goal with one second left Saturday night as Miami of Ohio upset No. 12 North Carolina 13-10 to ruin the regular-season coaching debut of Carl Torbush.
Travis Prentice carried 37 times for 162 yards as the RedHawks upset a top 15 team for the second season in a row on the road. Miami beat Virginia Tech 24-17 last Oct. 4 in Blacksburg, Va.
The Tar Heels, coming off an 11-1 season and No. 6 ranking, went all but four plays with freshman quarterback Ronald Curry after losing starter Oscar Davenport to a knee injury.
Curry completed 11 of 22 for 115 yards and one touchdown after being inserted into the North Carolina offense when the injury-prone Davenport went down with a twisted left knee 21/2 minutes into the game.
School officials said Davenport could face arthroscopic surgery Sunday. The senior tore up the same knee in 1995 and broke an ankle last season against Florida State.
But Curry, the National Prep Player of the Year,
| Running back Travis Prentice scored Miami of Ohio's only touchdown Saturday. (AP) |
Miami tied the score at 10 with 4:11 left when Prentice rambled in from 2 yards out.
Aftr holding the Tar Heels on downs, a 31-yard punt return by Ty Buxton and a 15-yard face mask penalty by the Tar Heels set up Scott's game-winning kick.
It was the first time since 1989 that a running back had gained at least 150 yards against the North Carolina defense.
It took Curry three series to get into a groove before he completed passes of 11 and 33 yards to set up Josh McGee's 35-yard field goal early in the second quarter.
The drive followed Dre' Bly's 17th career interception, an over-the-shoulder pick on a long bomb intended for Sly Johnson. Bly's theft broke the North Carolina record set by Lou Angelo and tied the Atlantic Coast Conference mark, which is held by five players.
Curry drove the Tar Heels 66 yards for his first college score after John Scott missed a 51-yard field goal wide right. The freshman completed passes of 11, 10 and 12 yards before his fake pass and keeper gained 13 to the Miami 4.
On the next play, Curry found a wide open Allen Mogridge, who was filling in at tight end for all-ACC player Algie Crumpler, who was lost for the season with a knee injury in the spring.
It was Mogridge's first catch of his career and Curry's first TD pass in his first game.
The last time a freshman started at quarterback for North Carolina was in 1991 when Jason Stanicek recorded a 3-1 record as a first-year player.
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