ACC Football Goat of the Week, Week 5: North Carolina Tar Heels Defense

The Entire North Carolina Tar Heels Defense is the ACC Goat of the Week for Week 5

The Entire North Carolina Tar Heels Defense is the ACC Goat of the Week for Week 5

No one enjoys piling on when things go wrong. But nonetheless, we’ve got to call out the ACC (plus Louisville) players who were counter-productive in helping their teams grab a victory this weekend. On the bright side for them, they can always get off this list next week. And for their sake, let’s hope they do.

ACC Goat of the Week, Week 5: North Carolina Tar Heels Defense

This has been a couple weeks in the works, but that doesn’t make it any less embarrassing for the Tar Heels. In a home game against East Carolina, UNC should have been able to keep containment on defense, while the offense operated at a healthy clip. Instead, all hell broke loose early, and it just went downhill from there. The Pirates jumped out to 21-3 lead and never looked back, lighting up the North Carolina defense for 55 points and 603 yards (with 36!!! first downs) on the afternoon. ECU quarterback Shane Carden completed passes at will, amassing 376 yards on the game, and the usually pitiful running game (averaging just over 104 yards per game), simply walked all over the UNC front four. Against any opponent, the Heels’ defensive performance was appalling, but in a must-win versus supposedly “lesser” ECU, this was on another level entirely. As has been stated already when recapping this Saturday’s action, UNC is now in crisis mode, and they’ll stay there until this defense improves.

Honorable Mention:

North Carolina Tar Heels offensive line & running game (32 attempts, 67 yards)

Vad Lee, QB/Georgia Tech (7/24 passing, 179 total yards, 0 TD, 2 INT)

Wake Forest Demon Deacons defense (56 points, 573 offensive yards allowed)

Tom Savage, QB/Pittsburgh (13/31 passing, 191 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT)

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2 thoughts on “ACC Football Goat of the Week, Week 5: North Carolina Tar Heels Defense

  1. Hey John,

    I believe that what occurred at UNC was a case of misplaced hubris. They, UNC, had never lost to ECU so the players believed that it would be a cake-walk.

    • They’ve lost to ECU, just not since 2007. And not at home since 1975. So none of the current players have dropped a game against the Pirates is all.

      Agree though, definitely some overconfidence going into the game, especially with Virginia Tech and Miami up right after and commanding more focus. ECU’s no slouch though, and they paid the price for looking ahead.

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