CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina talked and prepared as though they were about to face their best competition of this young season in Illinois. The mindset paid off as the Tar Heels dominated all three phases - offense, defense, special teams - on the way to a 48-14 win.
Inside Carolina's Greg Barnes said he was impressed first and foremost by UNC's defense.
"Coming into the game, if you'd told me that North Carolina's offense would've scored 48 points I would've said that's not surprising, last year Illinois was really bad defensively," Barnes said. "If you told me Illinois would only score really seven points before garbage time (they scored 14 during the game), I would've said 'Wait a minute...'"
Barnes attributed the defense's success to new defensive coordinator Gene Chizik.
"The fact that this defense has played the way it has is very promising," he said. "They're giving up 15 points a game for three games. It's been since 2013 that they've held three opponents in a row under 20 points. It's a testament to what Gene Chizik has done."
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