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UNC Defense plays lights out, offense struggles in 27-0 over UL-Lafayette.
UNC's much hyped defense lived up to it's lofty pre-season expectations today as they recorded 8 sacks, nabbed 2 interceptions, and held the Rajin Cajins to less than 100 yards of total offense. Pre-season All-American DE Quinton Coples recorded two sacks, while the rest of the defensive line followed suite and absolutely lit up UL-L's QB.
The offense, on the other hand, sputtered for much of the game until the 4th quarter. Starting QB Bryn Renner went down early with a strained back, but even when he was in the game the passing game struggled as he threw a pick and was only 3-7 passing. Backup QB Braden Hansen managed the game respectfully, going 9-16 for a little over 100 yards and 2 TDs, though he did throw a horrible interception in UNC territory.
On a positive note, RB Ryan Houston's return to the lineup after being redshirted last year due to the NCAA investigation that eventually led to Butch Davis being fired was a triumphant one, as he rushed 24 times for 157 yards and a TD.
The Tar Heels will welcome the Rutgers Scarlet Knights to Keenan Memorial Stadium next week.
UNC defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 38-29 in Chapel Hill today, led by an early offensive onslaught and a defense that came through when it mattered most.
From the onset, it appeared as if UNC would coast to a victory. After allowing Rutgers to score a field goal, UNC reeled off 21 straight points after taking advantage of good field position and miscues by the Knights.
Bryn Renner looked outstanding, tossing three TDs in the first 10 minutes of the game. A severe miscue by him with less than 3 minutes in the 2nd quarter of the game turned the tide completely. UNC was within the redzone, looking to go up by a dominating 4 score margin when Renner threw a pick directly into the hands of the Rutgers MLB. On the very next play, Knights RB J. Deering took it 86 yards to the house, making it 21-10. Renner, attempting to atone for his mistake, ran on to the field seeking a UNC score before halftime. Instead, he fired another pick, this time to a CB and he returned it 78 yards to make the score 21-17, completely diminishing UNC's dominating lead.
The second half would be a continuous tussle as both teams moved the ball well, though UNC did sputter a bit when they got into Scarlet Knight territory. UNC K Casey Barth drilled a 47 yard FG with 4:13 left to make the score 31-23 UNC. Rutgers drived down the field methodically, running the ball at will and completing quick and efficient passes. Rutgers would score with 1:30 left to make it 31-29, but they needed a 2-point conversion to tie.
A critical false start penalty pushed the Knights back to the 7 yard line, where UNC's defense pressured their QB and got the stop they needed. UNC would get the ball back on the onside kick, but they couldn't run out the clock due to Rutgers having all three timeouts and starting RB Ryan Houston had left the game due to injury. Rutgers would get the ball with little less than a minute to go.
UNC's DT Tydreke Powell would make the play of the game soon afterward, drilling Rutgers' QB C. Dodd which jarred the ball loose. Star DE Quinton Coples would dive on the fumble and secure the victory for the Heels. 3rd Stinger RB Gio Bernard would run the ball in from 2 yards out with 52 seconds left to put the icing on the cake for the Heels win.
Powell's hit on Dodd:
UNC escaped with a wild 30-24 OT win against rival Virginia in Chapel Hill today.
The Tar Heels and Hoos were locked in a tight battle the entire game as both teams could never get much separation from the other. UNC moved the ball mostly on the ground as Brynn Renner had a pedestrian day passing, only going 11-20 with 155 yards and 1 TD. RB Ryan Houston was a stud, accumulating 197 yards on the ground on 28 carries and scoring 3 times, including the game winner in overtime.
Coach Martinez and the Heels avoided catastrophe multiple times in this one. UNC got to the UVA 1 yard line with 17 seconds when Martinez and his staff began to argue about whether they should punch it in from the 1 or just let time wind down to kick the game winning field goal with the score tied at 24. (I turned chew clock on and totally forgot about it, so when i selected field goal at 17 seconds it wound down to 1 second and I literally shit myself and spammed the timeout button, lol.) Casey Barth, obviously frazzled after the near time management meltdown, missed 17 yard field goal as time expired. "I hate kicking field goals from the far left hash, it just totally throws me off."
Keenan Stadium went dead silent afterward, and the Heels appeared as if they were going to choke this game away after seemingly having it in the bag. Their D held firm however, as they stopped the UVA offense, which then lead to a 40 yard field goal attempt. It clanked off the post! UNC was back in the saddle and they wouldnt ruin the opportunity. Ryan Houston scored on a 13 yard scamper, sealing the Heels win and saving them from certain embarassment.
Highlights have been posted so you guys can see the game winning TD and some other tidbits, including a screen of the FG I missed. Lol.
UNC came away victorious in another close game as they defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket 24-17 in Atlanta.
UNC was on it's heels the entire game as the Jackets' option game riddled the Tar Heels' defense, going for over 200+ yards. Luckily for UNC, their running game came through as well, with Ryan Houston gaining over 150+ yards.
Bryn Renner led an efficient passing game that was ultimately the difference in the game. Renner and the Heels scored the go ahead points after he completed a 19 yard TD pass to TE Nelson Hurst, who has scored a TD in every game thus far this season.
CB Charles Brown made the play of the game with a little less than 2 minutes to play when he intercepted an option pitch when Georgia Tech marching down the field and was on the verge of tying the game. UNC would covert a few first downs running the ball and run out the clock, cementing the win and giving the Tar Heels a 4-0 record and a 2-0 record in the ACC.
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