Malik Carney hopped up and down in the middle of the North Carolina locker room, joyous teammates bouncing off him in the postgame celebration .
With good reason — since he thwarted any hope Miami had at a comeback.
Carney knocked the ball out of quarterback Brad Kaaya's hand to snuff out the final Miami possession, and North Carolina ran out the clock to beat the 16th-ranked Hurricanes 20-13 on Saturday and move into first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Coastal Division.
"It was now or never," Carney said. "The defense had to step up."
Carney got past Miami left tackle Trevor Darling, hit Kaaya from behind to force the...