When Saturday began UNC’s football team was on the verge of knocking on the door of bowl eligibility. I guess head coach Larry Fedora was scared that if he just knocked they might not hear him, so his team decided to blow the hinges off the door as North Carolina (6-5) demolished Old Dominion (8-3) by the score of 80 to 20. Let me repeat that… 80 to 20. I guess the 17.5 points spread was covered in this one!
In the last month and a half the thought of the Tar Heels finding a sixth win was pretty clear, but the score by which they did it was pretty unimaginable. Carolina would score 12 times in the game (11 TDs and a FG), even more impressive would be the fact that by game really means the first three quarters, as neither sides scored in the last one, which was shortened to 10 minutes. UNC outscored ODU 68-7 in the middle two quarters, behind a combined seven touchdowns from freshmen T.J. Logan and Ryan Switzer.
By mutual agreement by both teams, the fourth quarter will be reduced to 10 minutes.
— Carolina Football (@TarHeelFootball) November 23, 2013
“I’m proud of this football team for what we’ve accomplished, especially the way these guys have hung together and kept working hard…[and kept] believing in each other. Happy to get a win today at home in front of our fans and our students, and we’re looking forward to the next one.” Was the opening statement by head coach Larry Fedora at the post game presser. You can hear all of it below…
And still it was “the future is now” gang responsible for all the scoring, as either freshmen or sophomores were responsible for the eleven touchdowns. Putting the mark at 23 in a row where either first or second year players have found the end zone for scores for coach Fedora.
This game was a highlight of scores, mountains of records for UNC and just a field goal away from being the most points scored in the conference history, which is still held by Clemson, who had scored 82 points in 1981 against Wake Forest.
I guess the one thing that one could find bad in this game is … penalties, which were six for 45 yards. As the Tar Heels had still way too many, especially in a game that was in hand way before half time.
Other than that, hard to find much to complain about when you win by sixty points. I know, it just sounds so mispelled, but sixty is the actual number.
Besides sophomore quarterback, who almost got 500 yards in all, there were a trio of players that gained over 100 yards. Logan, who got 137 on the ground, as well as Quinshad Davis for 124 and Switzer for 118 who gained them through the air.
On the defensive side Kareem Martin, who had two sacks, three tackles for a loss and three QB hurries has to be mentioned.
I know I have said this since the Miami (Fl) game, if not prior to that, but I would have loved this team dispute the first five games of the seasons now that they are playing a lot better on all facets of the game. And of course, as the season unfolds it is such a shame that the Tar Heels could not take down the Hurricanes, as that could have put them in the driver seat for the division title.
Next up will be the big game for this rejuvenated team, as they will face the other Tobacco Road program doing well in football this season… Duke. And they will do so once again at the kickoff time of noon EST. With this being Senior Day, a big time game for both squads, if you can make it to Kenan Stadium and support your team do so!