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No. 10 FB Faces Critical ACC Road Test at UNC

After its second open date of the season, No. 10 Miami (5-0, 1-0 ACC) faces a key ACC road test Thursday night at North Carolina (1-4, 0-2) on ESPN. It will mark Miami's 19th ESPN Thursday Night game, with the Canes posting a 15-3 record in their previous 18 appearances.

Riding a seven-game win streak, the Hurricanes enter the week in the AP Top 10 for the 292nd time in program history and for the first time since the 2009 season.

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Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 • 7:45 p.m. ET • ESPN • Chapel Hill, N.C. • Kenan Memorial Stadium (63,000)

UNC leads 9-7 ... Miami is 1-4 all-time at UNC ... Hurricanes won 30-24 at UNC in 2011 … Miami is 1-1 vs. UNC when Hurricanes ranked in Top 10.

• Rece Davis, Play-by-PlayJesse Palmer, AnalystDavid Pollack, AnalystSamantha Steele, Sideline Reporter
WQAM 560 AM • Joe Zagacki, PXP • Don Bailey Jr., Analyst • Josh Darrow, Sideline Reporter
RADIO CARACOL 1260 AM • Roly Martin, PXP • Pepe Campos, Analyst • Joe Martinez, Analyst
WVUM 90.5 FM • Chris Wittyngham • Alex Schwartz
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  1. Miami is 15-3 all-time in ESPN Thursday Night games. Thursday will be Miami’s 75th appearance on ESPN – tied for the most of any college football program.
  2. Miami has 18 sacks through 5 games.
  3. Miami is ranked in the AP Top 10 for the 292nd time in program history – its first AP Top 10 appearance since 2009.
  4. Miami has allowed two passing TDs this season, tied with Florida for the fewest in the nation.
  5. Duke Johnson is the only player in Miami history with at least 3 kickoff returns of 95+ yards in his career.

How clutch has junior TE Clive Walford been for the Miami Hurricanes offense? 20 of Walford’s last 22 touches have resulted in either a Miami first down or touchdown. This season, seven of Walford’s 11 receptions have resulted in a first down, while two have resulted in a touchdown.

Duke Johnson
has 3,014 career all-purpose yards and is on pace to break Santana Moss’ career record. Johnson has 8 200-yard games, including a pair of 300-yard outbursts. Miami is 7-1 when #ElDuque accumulates 200+ all-purpose yards, including a 4-1 mark in ACC play.
Duke Johnson has 200+ all-purpose yards in four consecutive ACC games.

Through five games, the Miami Hurricanes have tallied 18 sacks by 13 different players. Miami ranks third in the ACC and sixth in the nation with 3.60 sacks per game. Last season, the Hurricanes recorded 13 sacks by seven different players in 12 games.

13 of Miami’s 31 scoring drives have needed five plays or fewer to find paydirt. Four of those scoring drives have resulted in a scoring play of 50+ yards.

Sophomore LB Tyriq McCord is the only Miami Hurricane with an interception (2), fumble recovery (1) and a forced fumble (2) in 2013. 21 Miami Hurricanes have tallied a tackle for loss in 2013, including seven with 2+ TFLs. Senior DL Shayon Green leads the Canes with 5.0 TFLs.

10 Miami Hurricanes have recorded a takeaway on defense. Sophomore LB Tyriq McCord leads the Hurricanes D with 3 turnovers. 16 Miami Hurricanes have either forced a  turnover or tallied a takeaway on defense. McCord has contributed to 5 takeaways through 5 games.

Check out #InfographicNotes previewing North Carolina game

Sandbar Sports Grill (@SandbarGrove), located 3064 Grand Ave. in Coconut Grove, will be the new location for the Hurricane Hotline. Fans are encouraged to join third-year head coach Al Golden, various assistant coaches and players each week during the 2013 football season. The Hurricane Hotline, hosted by Joe Zagacki and Don Bailey Jr., will air from 7-9 p.m. on WQAM – players from 7-7:30 p.m., Coach Golden from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and an assistant coach from 8:30-9 p.m.