The 6-0 Hurricanes were on a 12-game winning streak and were in a tight battle with a 1-7 North Carolina team through three quarters of football. Despite the Hurricanes forcing four turnovers, Miami found themselves in a 17-13 game with the ACC’s worst team.
North Carolina has historically given Miami a hard time — especially in Chapel Hill. And 2017 was no different.
Before you can understand what happens next, you must understand the history behind it.
The year is 2015 and the Hurricanes got absolutely man handled by an 8-1 North Carolina team ranked 23rd nationally. Marquise Williams is the Tar Heels quarterback and he single handedly dominated the Hurricanes. It was an embarrassingly terrible 59-21 loss for Miami and Williams accounted for 109 yards and a touchdown on 12-17 passing and ran the ball 12 times for 102 yards and three touchdowns.
It was so bad, in fact, that Williams’ back-up, a man that goes by the Mitch Trubisky (you might have heard of him), was able to sneak his way into the game. He threw for 84 yards on a perfect 5-5 passing.
On Williams’ first touchdown run of the game, a 10-yarder to open up scoring, he went up to the stands, presumably the student section at UNC, and dropped the U.
Marquise Williams lobbing some U-themed shade at Miami fans pic.twitter.com/WtO1EL2YMr— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) November 14, 2015
So UNC got the best of Miami that day, there is no doubt about it. But today, we turn the clock back and admire redemption.
With 9:26 left in the fourth quarter, Braxton Berrios catches a five-yard slant from Malik Rosier for a touchdown — and The U rose up from out of its grave that Williams left it in.
We Miss You, Braxton Berrios! pic.twitter.com/nRqgvMZncR— GO ‘CANES! (@83_87_89_91_01) February 14, 2019
A win against Carolina was elusive for the Hurricanes, who fell to the Tar Hells in 2015 and 2016. Berrios’ touchdown catch sealed the game for Miami, rose The U up from the ground, and moved the eight ranked Hurricanes to 7-0 on the season. The U was in fact on the rise again — at least for the time being.
Find the play at the 3:08 mark.
Thank U Braxton Berrios, for one of the greatest plays in Miami Hurricanes history.