Miami falls to Tar Heels

North Carolina's Giovani Bernard (26) out runs Miami's Paul Kelly (61) during the first half of a NCAA college football game in Miami, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)
Giovani Bernard (left) had a pair of rushing touchdowns for North Carolina.
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Giovani Bernard ran for two touchdowns and North Carolina survived a slew of penalties to beat Miami, 18-14, Saturday, handing the host 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). Morris, one of the ACC’s top quarterbacks, 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.

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

Virginia Tech 41, Duke 20 — Logan Thomas threw two TD passes, J.C Coleman ran for 183 yards and two long scores, and the host Hokies (4-3, 2-1) fell behind, 20-0, before burying the upstart Blue Devils.

Duke (5-2, 2-1) arrived seeking to become bowl eligible for the first time since 1994, but after the fast start, it did more for the Hokies’ expectations going forward than its own. The Blue Devils gained 150 yards in the first quarter and just 84 in the next two quarters.

Maryland 27, Virginia 20 — Stefon Diggs returned the opening kickoff 100 yards and fellow freshman Perry Hills threw for one TD and ran for another as the visiting Terrapins (4-2, 2-0) dealt the Cavaliers (2-5, 0-3) their fifth loss in a row.