The 2012 North Carolina Football Season is complete and the future is bright in Chapel Hill with an explosive offense and a head coach that all UNC fans can get behind. Larry fedora was right in that North Carolina fans that got up to use the restroom while play was going on had a great chance of missing a touchdown. In a few games that prognostication unfortunately was true for both UNC and its opponent. Before we look ahead beyond to next year we will break down the top ten plays/game moments in the first year of the “Fed Ex.”
Number Ten: 62-0 Win versus Elon
All Spring UNC Fans heard about the fast paced high scoring offense and game one did not disappoint. The Tar Heels raced out to a 41-0 lead at the half and lead 62-0 at the end of the third quarter. The offense accumulated 524 yards in offense, and the Kenan Stadium scoreboard would have overheated from fireworks if Coach Fedora was not so kind to slow it down in the last quarter of play.
Number Nine: The Second Half at Louisville
First I apologize for making you remember the first half against the Cardinals as North Carolina could do nothing right, but the second half gave UNC fans promise of something they had not seen in many years. An offense capable of roaring back from a major deficit, and a coaching staff that kept pushing, coaching each possession not allowing the guys to quit.
Number Eight: AJ Blue Rushes for Over 100 Yards
Although the Tar Heels lost a tough game in Winston Salem to the Demon Deacons Tar Heel running back AJ Blue was a bright spot rushing for 106 yards with a 5.4 yards/carry for the game. If you have followed Blue’s career you cannot feel but a little joy for a player who has had to overcome some tough injuries. With Bernard’s declaration for the NFL Blue will be in the mix for a prominent role in next years offense.
Number Seven: Defense versus ECU
There were not many complete games for the defensive side of the ball, but ECU was one where the Tar Heels defense gave up only six points and 233 yards for the game. The major difference in this game as opposed to several where UNC gave up a lot of points was third down conversion. This was a stat that we pointed to in the preseason that be key for any success on defense and the Tar Heels held ECU to 5-16 on third down.
Number Six: Gio Bernard at Miami
Gio Bernard back in his home state of Florida put on a clinic at Miami rushing for 177 yards and two touchdowns. After a big home win versus Virginia Tech the UNC team could have had a et down on the road, but a balanced offense with Bernard paving the way and the defense making some key stops on third down allowed the Tar Heels to leave Miami with a 18-14 win.
Our top five moments of 2012 after the jump