Weekend wrap: October 1
How’d you like last weekend’s undefeated Tar Heel weekend in the head-to-head sports? Hopefully you enjoyed it, because Carolina did it again this weekend, going 6-0 and outscoring opponents 86-5 in those six “contests.”
Football, of course, set an all-time scoring record in the 66-0 win over Idaho. I had some more startling stats on the outburst right after the game, plus wondered if Gio Bernard is getting the ball enough. Turner looked at the defense, which has quietly played very well at home. Over on GoHeels, he also examined Carolina’s very fast start against the Vandals. A definite keeper from Military Appreciation Day, which was very well done: this shot of the Tar Heel offense on the stars-and-stripes midfield logo.
Since, based on the crowd, you might have (understandably) missed it, here’s the pregame video shown to the team before the Idaho game:
Volleyball: Swept Georgia Tech 3-0, the first time this season the Jackets have been shut out. Carolina is an unblemished 8-0 at home this season.
Field hockey: Beat Wake Forest 3-2 on Saturday in the rain, then waxed Virginia Commonwealth 6-1 on Sunday.
Women’s Soccer: Bounced back from Thursday night’s loss to Florida State with a 6-1 win over Miami.
Men’s Soccer: Scored two goals in 5:11 to beat Duke with a late rally.
Tar Heels in the NFL
Zach Brown has moved into a starting role and had six tackles for the Titans.
Greg Little had one rush for -2 yards for the Browns and caught four passes for 77 yards. Little was in the news for the wrong reasons this week in Cleveland, and dropped passes are becoming an issue.
Robert Quinn had three tackles and a sack (of former adversary Russell Wilson) for the Rams.
Connor Barth boomed three field goals—of 57, 50 and 47 yards—for the Bucs. His franchise record streak of consecutive field goals made is now at 25. The 57-yarder was the second-longest in Tampa Bay history.
Shaun Draughn carried four times for 12 yards, and caught four passes for 34 yards, for the Chiefs. Good story about Draughn in the Kansas City paper this week.
Quinton Coples had two tackles, both for loss, for the Jets.
Da’Norris Searcy forced a fumble and had two tackles for the Bills.
Cam Thomas had two tackles for the Chargers.
Johnny White had a special teams tackle for the Bills and had one carry for eight yards.
Brandon Tate returned three punts for 33 yards for the Bengals.
Ryan Taylor had a special teams tackle for the Packers.
Best story I read this weekend: Deadspin’s examination of the Ron Morris-Steve Spurrier tiff in Columbia. Basically, the Gamecocks football coach doesn’t like some of the things the local columnist has been writing about his team, and he’s going to hold his breath and stomp his feet until he gets his way. Here’s the jarring thing: it looks like he is going to get his way. Can you imagine this ever happening at Carolina or anywhere in the ACC? It’s an entirely different cultural environment in the SEC, one where the local media is expected to be on board with its local teams. That’s, uh, not the case here.
Three Tar Heel storylines to watch this week
1. Carolina hosts Virginia Tech on Saturday at 12:30 in a key Coastal Division game. Has the lack of bowl eligibility this season affected your enthusiasm for Tar Heel football? It’s hard to really call it a “key” game when even if Carolina wins, they can’t play in the ACC championship game.
2. Saturday is the first-ever “white-out” at Kenan Stadium. Expect to see discounts on white Tar Heel gear from our good friends at Chapel Hill Sportswear this week.
3. NBA training camp opens this week, which means you’ll read lots of adjusting-to-the-NBA stories about Tyler Zeller, Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall. Already, Marshall has tweeted that he has butterflies and it “feels like AAU tryouts.”