Weekend Wrap: October 15
If you want to torture yourself, spend some time considering where Carolina football would be if Giovani Bernard had played in every game this season. The answer, I think we all suspect, is 7-0, ranked in the nation’s top 25, and although ineligible for bowl consideration, elbowing its way onto the national scene as an under-the-radar national storyline. As Turner wrote, Bernard was sensational in his homecoming as Carolina stopped Miami, 18-14. Before you get too overexcited, however, Turner also pointed out that penalties have been a problem, which must be corrected.
Volleyball: Big road trip through Virginia for the Tar Heels, as they edged Virginia 3-2 on Friday, then swept Virginia Tech 3-0 on Sunday.
Field hockey: A good win for the second-ranked Tar Heels, as they outlasted fifth-ranked Virginia, 3-2 in overtime, on Saturday in Chapel Hill.
Men’s soccer: Stepped out of the conference and won, 3-0, at College of Charleston on Sunday.
Women’s soccer: It’s a little odd to look at the ACC standings and see the Tar Heels in a tie for fifth. They got an emphatic 4-0 win over Clemson on Friday.
Tar Heels in the NFL
Bruce Carter had five tackles for the Cowboys, and Gerald Sensabaugh added a pair of tackles.
Brandon Tate caught one pass for 11 yards, ran back four punts for an average of 14.5 yards per return (including a 32-yarder) and ran back three kickoffs for an average of 20.3 yards per return.
Shaun Draughn rushed 11 times for 11 yards and caught three passes for 12 yards for the Chiefs. He also forced a fumble on special teams.
Something amazing happened for the Bucs: Connor Barth missed a field goal, a 55-yarder that hit the left upright. It was his first miss after making 25 straight. He later started a new streak with a 27-yarder.
Hakeem Nicks caught three passes for 44 yards in his return to the Giants.
Greg Little caught three passes for 18 yards for the Browns.
Zach Brown had four tackles as the Titans beat the Steelers.
Tar Heels in the NBA
John Henson is drawing positive reviews in Milwaukee, where he added four blocks to go with his 12 points against the Pistons on Saturday night.
His former frontcourt mate, Tyler Zeller, has impressed Cleveland coach Byron Scott.
Best story I read this weekend: When you put a great writer (Dave Kindred) with a great subject (Beano Cook), you’re probably going to get a story that’s worth reading. That’s the case with this Sports on Earth column, which tells some familiar stories about the college football analyst, and some you might not have heard.
Three Tar Heel storylines to watch this week:
- Someone check for Halley’s Comet. This week brings a primetime Carolina-Duke showdown (in football) that is very meaningful for the Coastal Division. In fact, if the Tar Heels can win in Wallace Wade Stadium Saturday at 7 p.m. on ESPNU, it’s fair to say they are completely in control of the Coastal, holding the head-to-head tiebreakers and a more favorable schedule than other likely contenders Virginia Tech (still has road games at Clemson and at Miami, plus a home date with Florida State) and Miami (still has FSU and Virginia Tech).
- It’s possible the game time for Carolina-State on Oct. 27 could be released today, although this one feels like it has the dreaded 6-day-hold (meaning the time won’t be known until this coming Sunday) in its future. If the time is released, though, and even with both teams having a game to play before they meet in Kenan, it’ll be time to start the buildup.
- These are important early-season practices for the young basketball Tar Heels. Roy Williams will update his squad’s progress on Wednesday in Charlotte at ACC media day, when voting results will also be released for the preseason conference poll and all-ACC teams.