Yet, despite allowing 31 points and an ACC-worst 490 yards per game, Miami is still in contention for the ACC’s Coastal Division title.
‘‘The only thing that I can tell you is that we’re playing hard,’’ coach Al Golden said after the Virginia loss. ‘‘We were fighting our tails off.’’
The Hurricanes aren’t the only ones feeling that frustration.
‘‘Defenses, we’re always a year or two behind,’’ North Carolina defensive coordinator Dan Disch said. ‘‘You've got to study (an offense), you've got to figure out how it’s hurting you and what you can do to stop it. I think the pendulum has swung a little bit, but it'll swing back — and then the offenses will discover something different.’’
AP Sports Writers Joedy McCreary in Durham, N.C.; Charles Odum in Atlanta; and Tim Reynolds in Miami; and Associated Press Writer Brent Kallestad in Tallahassee, Fla., contributed to this report