On November 10th, 2012, the North Carolina Tar Heels loss to Georgia Tech, 68-50. I know what you are thinking. The conference schedule for basketball does not begin until January 2013. This was not a final score for a basketball game. This score was for Carolina’s homecoming football game. The most interesting statistics with this game were turnovers and time of possession. Although UNC only had two turnovers, neither one of these turnovers resulted in touchdowns by Georgia Tech’s defense. In regards to time of possession, Georgia Tech had 37:14, and Carolina had 22:46. Carolina’s defense was tired during this game. They had no time to rest.
Fast forward to the nationally televised Thursday night on ESPN. Carolina faced Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. Usually, away games at Virginia are tough. However, Carolina pulled out a nice win on November 15th. Carolina beat Virginia 37-13. Although Carolina’s time of possession was 25:43 and Virginia’s time of possession was 34:17, Carolina won because their offense was clicking. UNC’s Erik Highsmith had 6 receptions for 49 yards and two touchdowns. Quinshad Davis totaled 16 receptions for 178 yards. Bryn Renner completed 29 out of 36 passes for 315 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Most of all, the Tar Heels defense stopped the Cavaliers on two fourth downs.
Carolina is clicking at the right time of the season. The sad thing about the Heels’ success is that there will be no bowl berths regardless of how well they do. Then again, we always have next season.