CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Cal Murray rushed for 101 yards on 23 carries as Miami of Ohio posted a 27-21 victory over North Carolina in the season opener for both schools.
Murray, a preseason candidate for the Doak Walker Award, scored on a two-yard run to give Miami a 20-7 lead with just over a minute left in the third quarter. The RedHawks held off a North Carolina comeback in the final period.
The Tar Heels (0-1) closed to 20-14 on Darian Durant's nine-yard TD pass to Ben Blizzard with 11:03 to play, but Miami answered with a 67-yard drive and regained a 13-point cushion on Luke Clemens' 15-yard run with 8:13 remaining.
North Carolina got a meaningless score in the final minute on backup C.J. Stephens' 37-yard TD strike to Sam Aiken.
Ben Roethlisberg, who threw for more yards than any freshman in the country last year, completed 16-of-33 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown for the RedHawks.
His three-yard toss to freshman Michael Larkin put Miami ahead for good, 13-7, with 11:39 left in the first half.
Durant completed 24-of-37 passes for 279 yards for the Tar Heels but was intercepted three times. North Carolina rushed for just 94 yards.
Miami cut the Tar Heels' lead in the all-time series to 4-3 and improved to 7-7-1 all-time against schools from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
North Carolina has dropped five of its last six season openers.