UNC Tar Heels - Dru50 UNC starts 2009 season strong, winning vs Air Force 41-0 Coach Dru came into the new season wanting to see his team send a message to the ACC, and they certainly delivered against a quality Air Force team. The Heels demonstrated a powerful, if not explosive, running game and a stingy defense. The running game picked up 240 yards and 2 TD's on 52 carries, led by S. Draugh (27 carries, 134 yards, 2 TD's) and R. Houston (19 carries, 102 yards). TJ Yates was effective in limited opportunities, throwing for 193 yards and 3 TD's/1 INT on 11-18 passing. He had what would have been a beautiful 2nd quarter TD dropped by a wide open receiver that would have helped his stats. The defense was the story in this game, however. Air Force could do nothing on offense, gaining 4 first downs, and 69 total yards. The play of the game was an intercepted option pitch by junior SS D. Searcy, which he would have taken to the house if not for an ankle tackle by the Air Force HB. No one player dominated on the defensive side of the ball, which Dru50 was happy with, since he preaches team defense and swarming to the ball. The good - Offense was efficient, defense was stout. The bad - Drops by WR's, the INT by Yates and lack of big plays by the defense. The ugly - Air Forces offense, it was simply overpowered. Up next - The first road test of the season vs UConn.