|Phillip Dorsett (4) slips behind the defense for the winning touchdown with 19 seconds left. (US Presswire)|
MIAMI WON. Hurricanes fans prepared for the team's second overtime in as many weeks as the offense came out of a timeout with less than 30 seconds to play and the score tied 37-37. It had the same feel as Miami's back-and-forth battle with Georgia Tech, a 42-36 overtime win last week in Atlanta. But this was Stephen Morris' big day, and he was ready to start celebrating a 3-0 conference record.
Wide receiver Phillip Dorsett slipped behind the NC State secondary for 62 of his 191 receiving yards and his second touchdown of the day. Morris extended the play with his feet, giving Dorsett enough time to make his way from the far side of the field past Wolfpack cornerback David Amerson. When A.J. Highsmith intercepted Mike Glennon's last desperation pass of the game, the celebration began.
HOW MIAMI WON: Morris set school and ACC records for single-game passing with 566 yards, doing so on 26-of-49 passing with five touchdowns and one interception. Glennon was equally impressive, throwing for 440 yards and four touchdowns. Neither team displayed the consistent ability to stop the other, allowing both Miami (651 yards) and NC State (664) to pad that "total offensive yards" stat.
Both quarterbacks put on a show, but both teams did a great job of shooting themselves in the foot. Miami kicker Jake Wieclaw converted on none of his three field-goal attempts, including a 19-yard chip shot. NC State was penalized for 100 yards on 14 accepted penalties, the most ever since Tom O'Brien came to Raleigh for the 2007 season. The Wolfpack also could have avoided the halftime deficit were it not for four lost fumbles in the first half.
WHAT MIAMI WON: The Hurricanes haven't convinced anyone they are a favorite to win the ACC Coastal Division, but they are 3-0 in conference play, 4-1 overall and still sitting atop the standings. The defense continues to make mistakes, and there are plenty of growing pains from the youth on both sides of the ball. But if Miami can get these kinds of experiences and still get wins along the way, Al Golden will take it.
WHAT NC STATE LOST: This game is a missed opportunity, and it is mostly because of the missed opportunities. The Wolfpack totaled 224 yards rushing and held Miami to just 85 yards on the ground. The defense stepped up and didn't allow the Hurricanes to score on any of the four first-half fumbles. Three field-goal attempts went wide, and they were able to intercept Morris in the end zone early. In the end, the secondary's inability to prevent the big play from Miami's young, speedy receivers cost them the game.
THAT WAS CRAZY: The final play, naturally. Below that, Golden's reaction to same play (1:18 mark, he gives his thoughts: "Holy Sh**." [NSFW])
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