Man Down, but Defense Prevails in ACC Tango

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  1. Blaza

    Blaza In Arsene Wenger I Trust

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    Man Down, but Defense Prevails in ACC Tango

    #6 Clemson 14 @ #3 North Carolina 21



    North Carolina (5-0) lost their main man but rode their defense to a 21-14 Victory in Chapel Hill against the Clemson Tigers. The Tarheels faced an uphill battle with SR Dustin Clancy being sidelined for a month after a brutal blow on UNC's first play of the game.


    1st Quarter


    Clemson received the ball first and worked slowly, but efficiently down the field. Clemson rode the back of RB D. Lindsey who was able to slash his way down the field with short to medium runs. Lindsey capped off a disturbingly routine drive with a 2 yard TD score.

    UNC was heartbroken (but not surprised) when the explosive SR RB Dustin Clancy went down on his first touch of the ballgame. While Clancy's talent is unquestioned, his legacy will forever be marred by the injury cloud which has hungover him his entire career. The Tarheel offense stalled without their playmaker and they were only able to muster a FG at the end of the quarter.

    4:14 TD Clemson 2 Yard Run Lindsey
    0:27 FG UNC 41 yards Joey Gold

    7-3 Clemson


    2nd Quarter

    The Clemson offense continued to clique racking up bits of yardage on the ground. At 3:00, Clemson QB Cole Jones found the endzone on a perfectly thrown fade to the TE.

    UNC would keep struggling on offense but continued to nip away at the Clemson defense. As time expired, Joey Gold buried his 2nd FG of the half.

    3:00 TD Clemson Barnes 4 yard catch
    0:01 FG Joey Gold 38 yards

    14-6 Clemson


    3rd Quarter

    The 3rd quarter is where the game tightened up all over the field. Both teams exchanged USER big hits and UNC was lucky to recover a fumble by WR Jheranie Boyd. Facing 8 and 9 man fronts, UNC QB tried to stretch the field, but was picked twice by Clemson's ballhawking corners. Clemson was unable to capitalize on the turnovers however.

    JR MLB Jeremy Given made the play of the game when he picked off Cole James at midfield late in the 3rd quarter. Given, who is a freak athlete (89 SPD, 96 TAK) was promoted to starter before last weeks game. The speedy MLB is making the Coach look good as he came up with his 2nd interception in as many starts.

    As the Heels narrowly escaped going down 21-6, they were able to get a sniff of the redzone themselves at the end of the quarter. UNC made the most of it as RS(Soph) Mark Kerr plunged in from 3 yards out. The two-point conversion was good--14-14 TIED


    0:02 TD UNC Mark Kerr 3 yard run
    14-14 Tied


    4th Quarter

    As the teams continued to exchange blows, it was UNC who took the lead with 2:06 to go on a Brent Hayes 3 yard run. Clemson would make things extremely interesting as their KR brought the ensuing kickoff back some 60+ yards. But it wasn't to be for the Tigers. The UNC defense stopped Lindsey at the line before Cole James took a huge sack on 2nd down. He made up some ground to make it a manageable 4th and 8, but his final pass was deflected by SR FS Terrence Burgess.

    The Tarheel offense was able to run out the clock and breathed a sigh of relief as the winners of this important ACC tie.

    2:06 TD UNC Brent Hayes
    21-14 North Carolina


    GG Cole
     
  2. Mogriffjr

    Mogriffjr Walk On

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    Dustin "mr glass" Clancy lol. Geez that dude gets injured. Good win blaza...a struggle without both teams best RB's playing
     
  3. Blaza

    Blaza In Arsene Wenger I Trust

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    Glass is an understatement. I can't tell you how disappointed I am in this guy. When he's healthy he's the best player on the field. But he literally can't play 3 games in a row. This marks the second year in a row we've lost a 95+ OVR RB. Hopefully we can take some momentum from the W and keep it moving.
     

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