Weekend Wrap: September 24
We tend to take things like this for granted around here because, well, Tar Heel teams win a lot. But it's still notable that over the weekend, Carolina teams who played head-to-head matches/games went an undefeated 6-0. Stretch it back to Thursday to include the women's soccer win over previously unbeaten and sixth-ranked Virginia Tech, and it's 7-0. The highlights:
Football: Carolina thumped ECU, 27-6, in a game that really never felt very close in the second half. Our game coverage included my Three Things right after the game, spotlighting Carolina's special teams, four-minute offense and quarterback pressure. Turner wrote about a key Jabari Price sack on Saturday, and on Sunday turned his attention to the impact of Giovani Bernard. ECU's take was that some self-inflicted problems of their own caused the loss.
Volleyball: The Tar Heels beat Wake Forest on Friday and outlasted Duke on Sunday. The win over the Blue Devils was Carolina's first in five tries and made Joe Sagula's club 6-0 at home this year. You can watch them on ESPNU on Wednesday when they host Clemson.
Men's Soccer: Keeper Scott Goodwin became Carolina's career leader in shutouts when the Tar Heels beat Virginia, 1-0, on Friday night.
Field Hockey: The Tar Heels claimed a pair of wins over ranked opponents, beating 19th-ranked Duke on Friday, 7-3, and topping No. 11 Stanford, 6-2, on Sunday.
Tar Heels in the NFL
Julius Peppers had three tackles and half a sack against the Rams (Robert Quinn was held without a tackle in the same game).
Bruuuuuuuce Carter had five tackles, one for loss, for the Cowboys.
Shaun Draughn has been busy for the Chiefs. He had seven carries for 22 yards and three catches for 26 yards against the Saints.
Zach Brown had four tackles for the Titans.
Vonnie Holliday had two tackles for the surprising Cardinals.
Quinton Coples had two tackles for the Jets.
Johnny White had two carries for 15 yards for the Bills.
Da'Norris Searcy had two tackles for the Bills.
Greg Little caught two passes for 17 yards for the Browns and had a special teams tackle.
Cam Thomas had a tackle for the Chargers.
Brandon Tate averaged 22.5 yards per kickoff return and 8 yards per punt return for the Bengals.
Connor Barth made his only field goal attempt for the Bucs, a 28-yarder. He's 6-for-6 this season.
In major league baseball, the season is over for one Tar Heel, as the Mets have shut down Matt Harvey, who was one of the few bright spots in their otherwise forgettable season. How bright? One of his teammates says he could be as good as Stephen Strasburg. Dustin Ackley was limited by a sore neck this weekend. Interesting stat: although he's hit just .231, the woeful Mariners are 48-41 when Ackley hash been in the leadoff spot. Seattle writers voted Kyle Seager the team's most valuable player.
Off the field, The Jetsons turned 50 this weekend. And if you now have, "Meet George Jetson..." stuck in your head, I feel your pain. And if you don't, well, I can fix that:
Best story I read this weekend: It actually wasn't a story I read, it was a story I watched. E:60 is one of those shows you DVR and fast-forward through half the stories (it's heavy on pro sports and very, very light on college sports). But the other half make it well worth it. That's the case with "Jack's Heat," a feature authored by the terrific Wright Thompson. It's long, but it's worth it. They've disabled embedding, but you can find it here. It's remarkable because everyone in the story acts exactly how you'd want your kids/relatives to act in a similar situation--from the kids on the team to the sophomore manager of the track team to Jack himself.
Three Tar Heel storylines to watch this week:
1. The report from Roy Williams's doctor is likely due this week.
2. Idaho is not a good team, but it's Military Appreciation Day at Kenan Stadium this weekend. Kickoff is at 3:30 on Saturday. You might even see a uniquely military-themed interlocking "NC" at midfield at Kenan.
3. Big women's soccer match at Fetzer Field on Thursday night, as undefeated Florida State comes to Chapel Hill for a 7 p.m. start.