The Tar Heels went out and proved this afternoon whose state this really is. UNC beat NC State 27-19 behind a late touchdown by freshman TJ Logan to secure the victory. UNC had 427 yards of total offense, including 152 on the ground, with Marquise Williams and TJ Logan leading the Heels with 51 and 43 yards respectively. But more importantly, UNC football team left Raleigh with a win and another year’s worth of bragging rights.
It was easy to see coming into this game who was a better team on paper. UNC has TE Eric Ebron, a massive athlete who has NFL scoutings drooling. The Heels have two good quarterbacks, a dangerous dual threat in Marquise Williams and an experienced leader in Bryn Renner. They also have athletes at other positions who have the ability to impact the game, like Bug Howard, Quinshad Davis, and TJ Logan. UNC’s talent prevailed today.
Every single one of the players above outplayed their opponent today. Howard and Davis both had awesome catches for UNC, Davis’s went for a touchdown. Williams threw that TD pass to him, and Renner led the team in passing and morally on the sidelines. And Ebron and Logan each turned in great individual performances.
The main thing that I took away from the game was that UNC has a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. A lot of that talent is young, and is still learning as the season goes along. The teams left on North Carolina’s schedule, and NC State and BC the last two games, have struggled matching up with the talent. The Heels may have gotten off to a slow start to the season, but all the weapons in Carolina blue should care the Heels home to a winnings record and a bowl game.
UNC beat State, and they also went a long way in righting the ship on this season. The Heels are now 3-5 on the year, much better than the 1-5 mark they were two weeks ago before the BC game. Coach Fedora has emphasized being 1-0 after each week, and nothing more. If they play like they did today, there is no reason why UNC shouldn’t be 1-0 after each week for the rest of the season.