UNC Football: 5 Takeaways from the Loss at South Carolina

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Aug 29, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks running back Mike Davis (28) rushes for a 75 yard touchdown against the North Carolina Tar Heels in the third quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

The opening game of the 2013 football season for the Tar Heels didn’t go as planned, as they were trounced by the Gamecocks of South Carolina 27 to 10. UNC never really got into the flow of their game, the great defensive play from the Gamecocks was a big part of that.

I was in attendance for the game, and right from the opening kickoff I could tell it wasn’t going to be a great night, as USC scored within the first 2 minutes, jumping out to an early 7-0 lead, and it only got worse from there.

After the game, everyone wants to jump to conclusions about how well or bad their team played, but here are 5 things that were evident as soon as the game came to an end.

South Carolina is a great team
We knew this going in, but USC walked the talk, as not only did they play great defensively but QB Conner Shaw had a stellar game as well, passing for 249 yards and a touchdown, to go along with 43 yards rushing. Running Back Mike Davis had the biggest play of the game, as his 75 yard touchdown run was a dagger, stretching the Gamecock lead to 27-10, which ended up to be the final blow to the Tar Heels comeback chances.

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  • Rob Bencini

    Other takeaways: Carolina tackled horribly, especially early. The defensive line is small and light by comparison (gave up 50 pounds/man vs. SC). Runs were stopped at the line and shoved forward for eight yards. Outside of a couple of great plays, SC did not demonstrate a great passing offense. The numbers back that up. But there is still an uneasiness about the overall pass defense.

    In that heat and humidity, Carolina was in decidedly better shape and condition than SC. Clowney was sucking air. The no huddle wasn’t used actively enough to take advantage of that in this situation. Carolina ran the ball well late when SC was gassed. There were too many called QB keepers for Renner. That will shorten his playing life. But the plays called did minimize the effect that Clowney could have had on the game. He became a non-factor. Some bright spots among the newer receivers, just not enough consistency yet. Against lesser defenses, this team should move the ball well.