RALEIGH – The North Carolina Tar Heels took another step in their rebirth under new head coach John Bunting and defeated the N.C. State Wolfpack, 17-9, before a crowd of 51,500 at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday.
In the process the Tar Heels extended a few impressive streaks against their rivals and made significant progress from the early weeks of the season.
Here are some game notes from UNC's second straight victory after opening the season with three losses.
UNC has now won in Raleigh four consecutive times and haven't lost since a 24-7 loss in 1991.
Carolina's first five opponents have a combined record of 17-2 with both losses coming against the Tar Heels.
Carolina has won 29 of its last 34 games against in-state ACC rivals N.C. State, Duke and Wake Forest. UNC has won 11-straight against Duke and are 1-1 in their last two meetings with N.C. State and Wake each.
Entering Saturday's game, UNC's schedule was rated as the third toughest in the nation by the Sagarin rankings. UNC was behind No. 1 Penn State and No. 2 Idaho. Notre Dame and New Mexico State were fourth and fifth respectively.
Ronald Curry's 58 passing yards moved him closer to No. 2 on the school's all-time list with 4,337. He trails only Jason Stanicek (4,683) and Mike Thomas (4,368).
Curry's 60 total yards give him 5,344 for his career leaving him just 153 yards shy of equaling Stanicek's school record of 5,497.
Curry's seven completions moved him into second place on Carolina's all-time list with 310. Stanicek completed 372 passes for his career.
Kory Bailey's five receptions moved him to No. 6 on UNC's all-time list with 110 for his career. Bailey trails Na Brown (165), Corey Holliday (155), Leon Johnson (151), Octavus Barnes (129)and L.C. Stevens (120) on the list.
In Saturday's game, Carolina got five of its 21 first downs due to N.C. State penalties. On the flip side, State got no first downs because of UNC penalties.
UNC is 2-6 on fourth down this season while their opponents are 1-5.
Andrew Jones is in his sixth year covering football and basketball for Inside Carolina. He also in his fourth year as a copy editor and staff writer for the Wilmington Star-News and hosts a nightly radio show on WAAV-AM980 in Wilmington. He has also written for ACCNews and once published The College Game and the former Total Sports. He can be reached via e-mail at: AJWAAV@aol.com.