Tar Heels set dubious record by allowing 50 points or more in back-to-back games
North Carolina focused on stopping Clemson’s run game Saturday, daring a true freshman quarterback making his first collegiate start to win the game with his arm.
Deshaun Watson more than obliged.
Watson tied an ACC record with six touchdown passes and threw for 435 yards as the Tigers beat the Tar Heels 50-35 at Memorial Stadium.
UNC’s 70-41 loss to East Carolina last Saturday, in which the Pirates set records for points, yards (789) and first downs (39) by a Tar Heel opponent, had many people wondering the last time they had seen such defensive futility. Now the question is how the Tar Heels (2-1) will recover heading into their ACC opener Saturday, Sept. 27 at Clemson (7:02 p.m., ESPNU).
UNC’s depleted, inexperienced offensive line is about to face one of the best defensive lines in the country, which features all-America defensive end Vic Beasley and preseason all-ACC defensive tackle Grady Jarrett.
Former Duke basketball and lacrosse standout Ed Koffenberger has died at 88. Koffenberger had been battling leukemia and was undergoing a second round of chemotherapy when his health rapidly declined. Koffenberger began his collegiate career as North Carolina.
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Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has his head held high and believes his Tigers should, too, despite their 1-2 start that includes an OT loss at No. 1 Florida State Saturday night. “All I can tell you is, how we played is incredible and the film validates it,” Swinney said Tuesday. “I mean, we played a great football game.”
UNC coach Larry Fedora said his team is not dwelling on Saturday's 70-41 loss at East Carolina.
North Carolina has had shocking defensive breakdowns in each of Larry Fedora’s first three seasons at the helm. The Tar Heels recovered the first two times, but now must regroup after the worst performance of them all in Saturday’s 70-41 loss at East Carolina.
“You hope that their spirit isn’t broken,” Fedora said.
After East Carolina put up 55 points and 603 yards in Kenan Stadium last year, North Carolina vowed that this year’s rematch would be different. It was — UNC’s defense was even worse. Historically worse. The Pirates scored more points and posted more yards (789) than any UNC opponent ever as a school-record crowd of 51,082 watched ECU dominate its in-state rival 70-41 Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
East Carolina put up 55 points and 603 yards against North Carolina last year with an offense that featured quarterback Shane Carden, who accounted for six touchdowns, and Justin Hardy, who is in reach of the FBS record for career receptions. On Saturday, the UNC defense is prepared to make amends.
The ACC on Thursday announced the 2014 Class of Legends for its 10th Annual Dr Pepper Football Championship Game, which will be played in Charlotte Dec. 6.
East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden knows the best way for the Pirates to earn national attention — beat the big names that annually appear on their nonconference schedule. The Pirates certainly are doing that against the Atlantic Coast Conference.
True freshman Jared Cohen will start at right guard in place of injured junior Landon Turner when UNC (2-0) visits East Carolina (2-1) on Saturday (3:32 p.m., ESPNU).
UNC's players haven't forgotten how ECU came into Kenan Stadium last year and gained 603 yards in a 55-31 win.