The North Carolina Tar Heels dominated the Cincinnati Bearcats from the opening snap and came away with a big win in the Belk Bowl 37-19. The Tar Heels now have their first win in a bowl game since 2010 and finish the 2013 campaign with a winning record at 7-6. Cincinnati ends up with a 9-4 record and some self reflecting to do after a tough loss against the Tar Heels.
North Carolina jumped out to an early 16 point lead with a Romar “Mo Mo” Morris two yard run, a Kareem “The Dream” Martin safety, and a TJ Logan kickoff return. The Heels never looked back, holding that lead all the way until the 37-19 final.
UNC finished with four less yards of total offense than Cincinnati, 349-345, but the special teams advantage for UNC proved to be the difference. UNC got a key fumble recovery on a punt early in the game, a kick and a punt return TD, and some nice field goals and punts from Thomas Moore and Tommy Hibbard respectively.
The win puts the North Carolina program on the right tracks going forward. The Heels will return a lot of the key pieces of the winning streak and strong finish this season. But, the Heels will also say goodbye to some star players. Kareem Martin, Tre Boston, Eric Ebron and others all played their final game in UNC blue on Saturday afternoon.
In all, it was a great day to be a Tar Heel football fan. UNC jumped out on top and displayed their dominance all throughout the game. The Heels now have all off season to get healthy and get better for what should be an exciting 2014 football season!