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  1. bravejaf

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    The Daily Tar Heel (UNC)

    2010 Team Report

    Record: 2-0 (0-0 conference)

    Graduating Class:
    Coming Soon

    Recruiting:
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    Week 4:
    #1 QB Terry Parker
    #3 DE Marcus Stevenson
    #4 MLB Steven Jackson
    #6 DT William Williams
    # 9 HB Corey Vincent *Bonus Recruit*
    #14 WR Kyle Hines *Bonus Recruit*
    #25 OLB Jamey Harper *Bonus Recruit*

    Committed Recruits:
    N/A

    Awards:
    TBA at season end
     
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    Week 13

    Davis Steps Down From Post

    Coach Butch Davis shocked the Tar Heel community when he announced his resignation. Little is known why Davis chose to step down but he leaves UNC in a good place. The team is currently ranked #14 and was 8-3 at the time of Davis's resignation.

    Tar Heel's AD pegged Coach Bravejaf as the man to replace Davis. Bravejaf had been an assistant under Davis and is one of the team's top recruiters. The interim tag will not be applied to Bravejaf's title , he signed a three-year deal to be the new coach.

    “This has been my dream job since I was a kid. Growing up in Salem, I always rooted for North Carolina sports teams. The school's reputation will always be basketball but I think the football program can be dominant.”

    With little time to prepare coach Bravejaf stepped into action against rival North Carolina State. The game was a lot closer than most experts predicted, as UNC needed overtime to beat the Wolfpack. A missed field goal in the fourth quarter allowed NC State back into the game. State QB Russell Wilson took advantage of the opportunity and marched his team down the field. With 49 seconds remaining in the game he hooked up with star wide receiver Jarvis Williams for a touchdown, tying the game at 27.

    UNC won the coin toss in overtime and elected to defer possession to the Wolfpack. The Heels defense finally stepped up and forced a three and out. Kicker Josh Czajkowski missed the field goal. The Tar Heels needed just a field goal to win but elected to run the ball. Halfbacks Shaun Draughn and Ryan Houston moved the ball easily against a tired NC State defense. Houston would provide the finishing blow, rushing it in for 3 yards.

    Asked about the decision to run the ball rather than kick a field goal Coach Bravejaf stated, “Did you see that field goal attempt in the fourth quarter? I think Casey (Barth) is a great player but he was clearly rattled by that kick. I did not want to risk the game or force a young player into an uncomfortable situation.”

    With the win the Tar Heels are 9-3 and looking towards a bowl game at the end of December or the start of January. The team needs a lot of help for a shot at a BCS Bowl and it seems very unlikely at this point.

    Bravejaf stated, “This is a young team and we have come a long way this season. Next year I think this team can accomplish some great things.”

    Final Score: 33-27 OT

    Stats:
    University of North Carolina
    T. Yates – 11-27 1 TD/2 INT
    S. Draughn – 27 carries 94 yards 1 TD; 1 reception 64 yards 1 TD
    R. Houston – 16 carries 74 yards 1 TD
    G. Little – 5 receptions 67 yards
    K. Burney – 7 tackles 2 INT 1 FF 1 TD
    Q. Sturdivant – 10 tackles

    North Carolina State
    R. Wilson – 25-41 355 yards 2 TD/2 INT
    C. Underwood – 24 carries 154 yards 1 TD
    T. Graham – 6 receptions 77 yards 1 TD
    J. Williams – 5 receptions 124 yards 1 TD
    J. Simmons – 12 tackles 1 INT
    A. Cole – 9 tackles 1 INT

    Stat of the game = 4, number of field goals missed in this game, 2 by each team
     
  3. Colemanchu

    Colemanchu GOAT SPLITTER

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    Nice win! Looks like you got some work to do in recruiting though.
     
  4. bravejaf

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    Yes but I have a lot of sophomores and freshman on my team, so one down year in recruiting should not hurt too bad. Plus I think I can finish strong. I have 2 top 100 recruits that are close to signing, one is a soft commit.
     
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    (Note: I will try to add a full recap later, but this week is very hectic and I'm behind on my write ups for all my leagues)

    A hard fought game by the Tar Heel brought the team a victory in the Gator Bowl. Once again Shaun Draughn carried the load for UNC. He carried the ball more than 35 times in this game and finished with more than 200 yards rushing. The strong running game allowed UNC to control the clock and keep the explosive Cinci offensive on the sidelines. The running game also helped to make up for an anemic passing game by the Heels, which put up only 78 yards in the game.

    Defensively North Carolina played well, but could not completely shut down the Cinci passing attack. At the half coach Bravejaf elected to increase the pressure on Pike, resulting in an increase in sacks and poor throws. One of those poor throws was picked off by UNC CB Burney and he returned it for 6 points. That play sealed the game for North Carolina.

    With the win UNC should crack the top 10 in the final standings.

    Coach Bravejaf: I saw a great deal of improvement in this team between game one and game two of my tenure. With a full season of coaching I think this team could accomplish great things.
     
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    Week 3: East Carolina

    This game was never close. After stopping the Pirates on the first drive of the game, UNC had a long drive that ended in a TD by QB TJ Yates. Senior halfback led the charge on that drive and was dominant throughout the first half. In the first half he carried the ball 17 times for 102 yards. He also made his way to the end zone twice. The rushing attack opened up play action for Yates and he took advantage of the holes. He finished the first half completing 15 of 17 passes for 210 yards and a total of three touchdowns. The last passing TD came right before the half when Yates hooked up with senior wideout Greg Little for a short TD. That TD put the Heels up 35-0 going into the half.

    Coach Bravejaf elected to rest his main starters in the 2nd half to prevent injury and give the young players a chance to develop. With Draughn out of the game the running back duties shifted to fullback Anthony Elzy. Elzy did a good job of picking up first downs and allowing UNC to run down the clock. ECU would find the end zone in the third quarter, but that was the only points UNC would allow all game. For UNC no player dominated on the defensive side but the combined effort of all players stifled the Pirates all game long.

    Next up for the Tar Heels is a game against rival NC State. This was a tight game last season so UNC is ready for another battle.

    Key Stats:
    UNC
    T. Yates - 15-17 2 TD/0 INT; 6 car. 20 yards 1 TD *Offensive MVP*
    S. Draughn - 17 car. 102 yards 2 TD; 5 rec. 74 yards
    A. Elzy - 17 car. 95 yards
    D. Jones - 5 rec. 74 yards
    Z. Pianalto - 2 rec 47 yards 1 TD
    D. Searcy - 6 tackles 1 pass deflect
    Z. Brown - 5 tackles 1 fumb. forced *Defensive MVP*
     
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    Week 4: NC State

    UNC spanks NC State 68-20 (31-0 in 3rd quarter)

    NC State gave UNC a battle last year, but this year the Heels knew not to look past the Wolfpack. From the start of the game UNC played a nearly perfect game. The UNC offensive consistently moved the ball down the field and the defense smothered the NC State offense. Leading the charge early for North Carolina was Shaun Draughn, rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown in just 10 carries. Unfortunately he would suffer an injury early in the second quarter. He was cleared to play in the fourth quarter after undergoing x-rays, but coach Bravejaf elected to rest him with the game in hand. Anthony Elzy and Jamal Womble would continue where Draughn left off. Elzy bounced around behind his natural position of fullback and halfback. He proved once again he can carry the load when needed, stepping up for 118 yards and 3 TDs. Womble was also efficient, carrying the ball 13 times for 85 yards. All together UNC had 65 carries for 362 yards and five touchdowns.

    The strong rushing attack helped the Tar Heels in two other ways, opening passing lanes and buying time for the defense to rest. Quarterback TJ Yates was once again efficient in his passing attack, completing 12 of 17 passes. He also threw a touchdown pass in this game. Defensively North Carolina allowed some big plays by NC State wideout TJ Graham. Graham had 5 receptions for 181 yards and 2 TDs in the game and he also accounted for 128 yards on kick returns. Unfortunately he was the only effective player on the Wolfpack. The other problem for NC State came on kick returns in the third quarter. The Wolfpack kick returner (not Graham) fumbled two kick returns and both fumbles were returned for touchdowns by the Tar Heels. The scoop and score touchdowns helped UNC beat NC State 31-0 in just the third quarter.

    Key Stats:
    T. Yates 12-17 156 yd. 1 TD/1 INT; 10 car. 32 yd.
    A. Elzy 22 car. 118 yd. 3 TD *Offensive MVP*
    S. Draughn 10 car. 90 yd. 1 TD
    J. Womble 13 car 85 yd.
    G. Little 5 rec. 67 yd. 1 TD
    D. Jones 5 rec. 73 yd.
    Q. Sturdivant 8 tack. 2 tfl.
    M. Austin 3 tack, 1 tfl, 1 INT *Defensive MVP*

    Interesting stat of the day: 5 players with 10 or more carries and at least 30 yards rushing
     
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    Week 8 @ Miami

    Mistakes should have cost UNC this game but defense and running game were able to preserve the win. The Tar Heels turned the ball over 4 times in this game, 2 fumbles and 2 interceptions. They also had numerous holding penalties on offense/special teams, as well as some pass interference calls on defense. QB TJ Yates had another poor performance in this game. He completed just 10-23 passes, threw 2 interceptions and was responsible for 1 fumble. Part of the credit goes to the Miami defense which got a lot of pressure on the QB and mixing up coverage. Thankfully UNC's ground game made up for the lack of a passing attack. Fullback Anthony Elzy rushed for 150 yards and 2 TD, and starting halfback Shaun Draughn rushed for 136 yards before suffering an injury. All together UNC got 339 yards rushing in this game, compared to just 133 through the passing attack.

    On the defensive side the UNC defense was very stingy. The Hurricanes were able to move the ball in small chunks but could not sustain any long drives. The lone TD scored by Miami was a result of a special teams mistake. UNC punt returner Harrison fumbled the ball and the Hurricanes scooped up the ball. This gave Miami the ball inside the 15 yard line and they needed just 1 play to score a TD. The other problem for UNC defense was pass interference calls. Nickle back Merietti was called for 2 pass interference calls, 1 penalty cost UNC an interception. Merietti did redeem himself at the end of the game, intercepting a pass to eliminate Miami's last shot at a comeback.

    Next up for UNC is a showdown with top ranked Clemson. A win in this game would boost the Tar Heel's chances of getting a BCS Bowl bid, despite UNC's small chance of winning the conference. Unfortunately UNC will be without Shaun Draughn and his 873 yards rushing. To make up for the loss Anthony Elzy will need to continue producing. Jamal Womble and Ryan Houston will receive carries in relief of Elzy.

    Key team stats

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
    Category MIA UNC
    First down 10 28
    Total offense 259 472
    Rush yards -2 339
    Pass yards 261 133
    Red zone conversion 1-1 3-5
    Turnover 2 4
    Time of possession 8:55 21:45


    Offensive player of the game: Anthony Elzy - 22 carries, 150 yards, 2 TD

    Defensive player of the game: Zach Brown - 5 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 1 sack

    Final score: UNC 24 - Miami 7
     
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    UNC Throttles North Texas

    The game started off poorly for North Texas and never got better. Mean Green QB Riley Dodge threw interceptions on the first 2 drives of the game, one of which went for a TD by Tar Heel defender Quinton Couples. The other interception gave UNC the ball at the 6 yard line and was quickly punched in for a TD. Turnovers would slow down for North Texas but first downs and yards were tough to come by the entire game. The North Texas offense only accounted for 90 yards and 4 first downs in this game.

    On the offensive side the Tar Heels exploded in the second quarter. The team scored 5 TD in the second quarter. Most of the TDs came from the arm of TJ Yates. He threw 4 TD in this game, 3 to junior wideout Dwight Jones. The other cog of the offensive juggernaut was backup HB Jamal Womble. He rushed for 199 yards and 2 TD on just 19 carries. Womble also caught the other TD pass from Yates.

    With the game out of hand to start the second half, 55-0, the Heels ran the ball every play in the second half. Womble, Ryan Houston, and Devon Ramsey still managed to move the ball effectively. As a team the Tar Heels finished the game with 377 yards rushing. The only down part for UNC was the kicking game. Junior kicker Casey Barth missed an extra point and 2 field goals.

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6
    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    UNC 20 35 10 6 71
    NT 0 0 0 0 0


    Offensive Player of the Game: Jamal Womble 199 rush yards 21 rec yards 3 total TD

    Defensive Player of the Game: Quinton Couples 4 tackles 3 tackles for loss 2 sacks 1 interception 1 TD
     
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    2011 Season Preview

    The big change for the new season is at the quarterback position. Three year starter TJ Yates ran out of eligibility. He will be replaced behind center by converted HB AJ Blue. Blue played quarterback in high school but was switched to running back by former UNC coach Butch Davies. Coach Bravejaf elected to make this change because of depth at HB position and to provide a spark to the offense. With the change at offense comes a redesigned playbook. The UNC offense will implement a more option heavy offense to take advantage of speedy QB.

    The rushing attack also gets an overhaul. Team rushing leaders Shaun Draughn and Anthony Elzy graduated. In their place the Tar Heels will go with a committee rushing attack with Ryan Houston, Jamal Womble and Devon Ramsey getting most of the carries. Wide receiver also lost a lot of weapons with Greg Little graduating and Dwight Jones leaving school to enter the NFL Draft. Speedy receivers Todd Harrelson and Jheranie Boyd take over top two spots, with Joshua Adams lining up in the slot.

    Defensively the Tar Heels lost key contributors in Marvin Austin, Quinton Couples, Quan Sturdivant and Kendric Burney. Despite loss of Couples and Austin the defensive line is still strong for UNC. Robert Quinn elected to stay with the team and he is joined up front by Michael McAdoo and Donte Moss. The linebacking core is also still strong, especially Zach Brown who may be one of the best linebackers in the NCAA. The only question mark for the Tar Heel's defense is the secondary. There is loads of talented athletes but they are young and untested.

    Starting the season the AP ranked this Tar Heels team the sixth best in the country. The UNC schedule is loaded with tough matchups this season so maintaining the ranking will be a challenge. The Tar Heels open the season with 5 of 6 on the road. This includes trips to Tampa and Blacksburg, pitting Tar Heels against the two opponents they lost to during 2010 season. The Tar Heels also face Boise State, Notre Dame, and Cincinnati in non-conference games during this season.

    Players to watch:

    1. Todd Harrelson (WR/KR/PR) - Dangerous return man and top wide receiver for this team

    2. Kevin Reddick (MLB) - MLB who has good awareness and flies around the field

    3. Donte Moss (DT/DE) - Will switch between DT and DE all season but should spend most of his time in opponent's backfield
     
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    2011 - Week 1 vs. Boise State

    This was a very good starting debut for AJ Blue and the new option offense being implemented by UNC. Blue was hot all game and showed off some solid passing skills. He was very efficient in keeping the chains moving and made a lot of big throws. His favorite target for this game was junior wideout Todd Harrelson. Harrelson displayed gamebareaking speed and he also made some nice catches in this game. By the end of the game Harrelson had 155 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns on just 5 receptions. Blue's other favorite targets were Joshua Adams and Jheranie Boyd. Adams caught the other 2 touchdown passes thrown by Blue.

    The rushing attack was also strong for Blue and UNC. Blue led the team in rush yards in this game, going for 89 yards and 2 TDs. Ryan Houston also contributed some yards to the rush attack, carrying the ball 16 times for 64 yards. Combined UNC ripped off 234 yards on the ground.

    On the other side of the ball, UNC shut down Kellen Moore and the dangerous Boise State offense. The Broncos avoided turning the ball over but could not convert a lot of first downs against UNC. Strong safety Ayo Peterson was a big reason for the Broncos' lack of success. He made tackles all over the field and made Boise State receivers pay when the throws went down the middle.

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6
    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    Boise 0 3 7 0 10
    UNC 14 17 7 7 45


    Players of the Game:

    Offense: AJ Blue 12-15 240 yards 4/0; 16 carries 89 yards 2 TD

    Defense: Ayo Peterson 9 tackles

    After the win against Boise State the Tar Heels must travel to Atlanta and take on the #3 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. This is a tough match for UNC, as Yellow Jackets were in National Championship game two years ago
     
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    Back to back wins for Tar Heels

    Week 2 @ Georgia Tech

    The long road stretch starts for the Tar Heels. After a week 1 contest at home UNC will be on the road until its bye in week 7. Following the bye UNC plays a home match in week 8 and only travels once the remainder of the season. For new quarterback AJ Blue the road trip did not get off to a good start. Blue looked terrible in this game, missing wide receivers by a great distance. He also turned the ball over 3 times, 2 interceptions and 1 fumble. Setting aside the fumble Blue was effective running the ball from under center. He finished with 125 yards rushing and 1 TD on the ground. Jamal Womble and Ryan Houston also helped carry some of the load, combing for 80 yards on 15 touches.

    Defensively the Heels were strong, but did give up some big plays. GT running back Embry Peoples had a big rush that got the Yellow Jackets a score. Peoples also picked up a fumble by quarterback Jaybo Shaw and got near the goal line. Georgia Tech would score its second TD a few plays later to cap off the first half. In the second half the UNC D came out fired up and the team shut down its opposition. LeCount Fantroy picked off two errant passes from Shaw and Fantroy also made 5 tackles in the game. Kevin Reddick and Johnathon Smith also intercepted passes in this game.

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6
    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    UNC 7 3 10 0 20
    GT 7 6 0 0 13


    Offensive Player of the Game: Todd Harrelson 1 reception 35 yards; 3 carries 49 yards

    Defensive Player of the Game: LeCount Fantroy 5 tackles 2 interceptions 2 pass deflections

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    Week 3 @ South Florida


    In this matchup the key for UNC was big plays on offense and takeaways on defense. In this game AJ Blue was held in check on the ground, but made plays with his arm. He completed just 7 passes in the game but finished with 183 yards passing. The big play was an option pass in which Blue reversed his direction and found a wide open Jheranie Boyd for a 60-yard touchdown. Blue also made several nice option pitches which opened up big running lanes for the running backs. Ryan Houston, Jamal Womble and Devon Ramsey combined for 187 yards rushing and scored 3 times. Each back finished the game with a yard per carry average greater than 10.

    Defensively the Tar Heels gave up a lot of yards but made a lot of timely stops. The team was also helped by some stray passes from the USF quarterbacks, 6 of those stray passes were caught by a member of the North Carolina squad. Included among those 6 interceptions are two picks that were thrown while USF was inside the red zone. Aside from turnovers and rushing yards the Bulls finished the game leading nearly every offensive category. They had more total yards, total offense and passing yards. USF also held the ball for 6 more minutes than UNC. Key players for Tar Heels defense were Zach Brown and Ayo Peterson. Brown finished the game second in tackles with 9 and he picked off two passes. Peterson also picked off two passes before he was forced to leave the game with an injury. Unfortunately he will miss the next 3-4 weeks because of a strained quadricep.

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6
    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    UNC 14 14 3 7 38
    USF 3 0 3 14 20


    Offensive Player of the Game: Ryan Houston 9 carries 91 yards 2 TD; 1 reception 16 yards

    Defensive Player of the Game: Zack Brown 9 tackles 1 tackle for loss 2 interceptions 1 deflection

    UNC is 3-0 heading into a rivalry matchup against NC State. If they can survive that matchup there will be a top 5 showdown between UNC and 2010 National Champion Virginia Tech Hokies. If the Tar Heels look to avenge their other loss from last season they will need to play high quality football.
     
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    Week 5: @ Virginia Tech

    UNC gets more vengence

    Coming into the season Coach Bravejaf had two games circled on the calender. The first game was South Florida and the second was the match against Virginia Tech. These teams accounted for the blemishes on Tar Heels' 2010 record. In week 3 UNC defeated the Bulls in Tampa. So the week 5 game was UNC's second must win game.

    This year's contest took place in Blacksburg, VA at Lane Stadium. The Hokie fresh off a National Title came into the game ranked one spot above UNC at #2 in the country. Coach Bravejaf's defensive gameplan was focused on shutting down explosive back Ryan Williams. This plan worked for the most part. Williams finished with just 70 yards and a few big plays accounted for most of the yards. Unfortunately the run game focus did not help the secondary and Ju Ju Clayton picked apart the Tar Heels. Aside from an early interception Clayton was near perfect in the passing game, finishing 21-23 for 246 yards and 2 touchdown passes. In the run game Clayton struggled a bit and was credited with -26 yards and a fumble.

    Coach Bravejaf spoke after the game, "the defense made enough stops to win this game but the pass defense needs to improve for us to continue winning games. We got lucky that Virginia Tech did not get back on the field at the end of this game."

    On the offensive side of the ball AJ Blue really stepped up. He missed a few open receivers in the game, but was very accurate when it mattered. His passing and rushing skills allowed Tar Heels to complete 9-12 third down conversions. It was the second half when he really shined, playing a role in all the touchdowns scored by Carolina. Two of those touchdowns were short runs that he punched in, including the TD that gave UNC an 11 point lead with 2 minutes remaining. He also threw a touchdown pass to senior fullback Devon Ramsey on a well execute play-action pass.

    Coach Bravejaf was pleased with the play of his young quarterback. "AJ played a tremendous game in a very hostile environment. He made good reads on passing plays and was a leader in the huddle. He made just one mistake all game and he put this team in a position to win."

    Virginia Tech came out gunning after UNC took the 11 point lead. The team marched down the field and scored a touchdown in under a minute. After a failed two-point conversion the Hokies tried the onside kick. Junior wideout Joshua Adams did not make a reception all game but he made one of the biggest plays of the game by recovering the onside kick. With Tech out of timeouts and under a minute left the game was ended by a couple kneel downs.

    Winning this match does not mean the season is complete for UNC. Next week they face a tough Clemson team. The team also has tough non-conference games remaining on schedule against Notre Dame and Cincinnati. They also have the remaining ACC schedule to contend with and a possible ACC Championship match if they win those games.

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6
    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    UNC 3 3 6 13 25
    VT 0 7 7 6 20


    Offensive Player of the Game: AJ Blue 15-22 191 yards 1 TD/0 INT; 12 carries 25 yards 2 TD 1 fumble lost

    Defensive Player of the Game: Robert Quinn 8 tackles 2 tackles for loss 2 sacks

    Key stat of the game: North Carolina 9-12 on third down conversions
     
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    dakota7 Former Blue Chip Recruit

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    Good game brother! Now I'm looking for revenge!
     
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    Week 6 @ Clemson

    North Carolina needed a late comeback to get this victory against a very tough Clemson team. In the first half the Tar Heels struggled to move the ball but the Tigers appeared to have little trouble getting points. The usually suffocating UNC defense was no match for Clemson halfback Jamie Harper, as he found many holes to run through. The rushing attack also helped open up passing lanes for Willie Korn. Korn's big play of the first half was 62-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Allen. He also threw another touchdown pass just before the end of the half, giving Clemson a 20-10 lead at half.

    UNC got the ball after halftime and the coach must have fired up the troops. The Tar Heels offense and defense played much better in the third quarter, and quickly made up the 10 point deficit. AJ Blue led the Tar Heels' rushing attack in this game with 192 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground. Ryan Houston and Jamal Womble also contributed to the ground attack, combing 130 yards and 2 touchdowns. Despite UNC's strong play in the second half, Clemson continued to keep the game close. Jamie Harper scored on a 40-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that cut UNC's lead to 4 points. Fortunately UNC got the ball back and marched down the field to put lead back at 11 with just over 1 minute to play.

    After the game coach Bravejaf spoke with the media. He said, "I'm proud of this team for winning these games. The team has traveled 5 weeks in a row but has managed to remain undefeated. We also faced off against one of the tougher schedules in the country, beating USF, Tech, and Clemson over the past 4 weeks."

    The Tar Heels have a bye in week 7 and then face off against rival Virginia in week 8. That week 8 contest is big for UNC, as they have several recruits visiting that week. The second half of the schedule still has many dangerous opponents such as Miami, Notre Dame and Cincinnati.

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6
    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    UNC 3 7 14 14 38
    CLEM 6 14 0 7 27


    Offensive Player of the Game: AJ Blue 9-16 110 yards 0 TD/2 INT; 22 carries 192 yards 3 TD

    Defensive Player of the Game: Josh Hunter 4 tackles 1 tackle for loss 2 interceptions
     
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    Week 8 vs. Virginia

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6
    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    UVA 0 0 0 0 0
    UNC 21 21 14 6 62


    The South's Oldest Rivalry was a one sided match from start to finish. The Tar Heels dominated the Cavaliers in every facet of this game. On the defensive side UNC scored two touchdowns and contributed to a short touchdown by the offense. The first defensive touchdown was a fumble recovery by Peterson. In the second quarter Hunter grabbed his first pick of the game and returned it for a touchdown, he added a second interception later in this game. Pressure from the defensive line helped the secondary make these plays. McAdaoo had 9 tackles, including 6 behind the line and 3 sacks.

    On the offensive side AJ Blue led his offense down the field and helped the Heels score a few touchdowns. The first touchdown was a short run by big man Ryan Houston. The other first half touchdowns were credited to Blue. He threw 2 touchdown passes and rushed for a third. With the game decided by half time the starters were benched, but not before Boyd took the second half opening kick for an 88-yard TD.

    Offensive player of the game: A. Blue 11-17 256 yards 3 TD/1 INT; 13 carries 27 yards 1 TD

    Defensive player of the game: M. McAdoo 9 tackles 6 tackles for loss 3 sacks

    Week 9 vs. Miami

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6
    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    MIA 0 0 0 0 0
    UNC 7 20 3 0 30


    After the Clemson game the Tar Heels got to return home and rest. During the bye week coach Bravejaf focused on the defense and the extra work has paid off. The Tar Heels have now played 8 quarters without allowing a touchdown. The bye week also allowed the Tar Heels to get healthy and Ayo Peterson is nearly up to full speed after his week 2 injury. In this game pressure from the line and coverage by the secondary left Jacory Harris with no passing lanes. He never got into a rhythm and finished the game completing 9 of 21 passes for just 82 yards. He also threw a very bad pass that Zach Brown picked off and returned for a touchdown. The running game also didn't experience much success in the game, gaining just 54 yards. In total the Hurricanes converted just 6 first downs in this game and they were forced to punt 6 times.

    The UNC offense helped its defense by maintaining ball control and pounding the ball down Miami's throat. AJ Blue and Ryan Houston each rushed for 100 yards in this game. Also contributing to the rush attack was DeVon Ramsey and Jamal Womble. In total the Tar Heels rushed for 274 yards and converted 21 first downs. They also controlled the ball for nearly 22 minutes, in comparison Miami had the ball just over 6 minutes. With the strong rushing attack and a big lead at half the Tar Heels did not throw a pass in the second half.

    UNC will try to keep its streak of shutouts going next week against Wake Forest. The Demon Decons are another in-state rival for UNC, so winning this game is crucial. This will also be UNC's last game to warm up before the huge showdown against Notre Dame.

    Offensive Player of the Game: AJ Blue 7-13 117 yards 1 TD/0 INT 18 carries 101 yards 1 TD

    Defensive Player of the Game: Zach Brown 2 tackles 1 interception 1 touchdown
     
  17. bravejaf

    bravejaf Walk On

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    Sugar Bowl vs Notre Dame

    North Carolina's national title hopes were dashed by Cincinatti but an ACC Championship was a decent consolation prize for the Tar Heels. In its bowl game UNC was pitted against Notre Dame, a rematch from earlier in the season. In the first meeting Notre Dame was without its coach, starting quarterback and starting halfback. All three were ready for action in this game.

    The game was a defensive battle, with neither team scoring a touchdown in the first quarter. In the second quarter UNC was able to make some plays on offense and put together touchdown drives. The first touchdown was a screen pass from AJ Blue to Ryan Houston. Houston appeared to be covered but he made the catch and evaded tacklers en route to the enzone. The second touchdown of the quarter was a pass from AJ Blue to Boyd. At halftime UNC led 14-3 but Notre Dane would come back in the second half.

    Crist hit his wide reciver for a touchdown to cut the lead to 4. The Irish would add a field goal in the fourth quarter to cut the lead to 1. UNC had no answers for Notre Dame defense in the second half and could not put together any drives. Overall Notre Dame finished with 7 sacks in this match. Fortunately for UNC fans the defense stepped up and made some huge plays in the fourth quarter. With Notre Dame driving, UNC stripped the ball from Cierre Wood. UNC would be forced to punt following the recovery but the defense stepped up again. Crist was wrapped up behind the line and lost the ball. Zach Brown recovered the fumble and took it for a touchdown, increasing lead up to 8. Notre Dame tried to respond but were forced to turn ball over. While trying to run out the clock UNC fumbled the ball and gave ND one last shot at tying the game. The defense was able to make stop at goal line to secure the win.

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6
    1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
    UNC 0 14 0 7 21
    ND 3 0 7 3 13


    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
    UNC ND
    Pass lead Blue 9-17 116 yards 2 TD/0 INT Crist 25-42 288 yards 1 TD/1 INT
    Rush lead Houston 7 carries 59 yards Woods 16 carries 42 yards
    Rec lead Houston 4 receptions 31 yards 1 TD Rudolph 10 receptions 120 yards
    Def lead Euwell 7 tackles 3 for loss 1 sack 1 interception 1 fumble forced McCarthy 7 tackles 2 for loss 2 sacks


    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
    UNC ND
    Total yards 165 331
    Rush/pass yards 49/116 43/288
    1st downs 7 17
    3rd down conversion 3-10 (30%) 5-13 (38%)
    Red zone conversion 2-2-0 4-1-2
    Turnovers 1 3
    Time of possession 9:40 18:20


    Offensive player of the game: Ryan Houston

    Defensive player of the game: Larry Euwell
     
  18. MaxAttack360

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    Wow, ND has twice as many yards, nearly double the TOP, more than double the amount of first downs, and still doesn't get the win. Turnovers were huge in this one. Nice win for UNC and a tough loss for ND.
     
  19. bravejaf

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    I did ok moving the ball in the first half but he amped up his defense in the second half. My quarterback was hit on nearly every play in the second half. I am impressed that he is still alive after this game, let alone walking.
     
  20. Juggernautblitz

    Juggernautblitz Carbon glutton

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    Good win Brave but that was 1 in a hundred that you would come out ahead in that type of game. It was pure amazing luck that Blue didn't fumble the ball multiple times as much as he was hit and surprised the cpu didn't penalize you with a fumble for some of those really late pitches in a crowd that you had on the option runs. Even 1 TO early to mid game, which should have happened, could have led to a decent win for ND. However with you somehow escaping any TO's til that last minute fumble (where I didn't have enough time to capitalize) and you getting the 4th quarter BS strip on my RB and then the fumble 6 a couple drives later, handed you the win.
    I will take the loss in the final standings but I feel pretty good about dominating that game, especially that 2nd half.
     

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