"There is no doubt we can win these next seven games and go to a bowl game," wide receiver Jarwarski Pollock said.
Head coach John Bunting talked exclusively to Inside Carolina and said that good things are still going to happen this year.
"If we win this week, I think we'll be winning two or three in a row," Bunting said. "We all know where we could be right now with a few plays here and a few plays there. Where we struggled last week was on offense. We've got to get that back on track, and that starts up front."
"That's not what you want, but that's what we're doing," Bunting said. "We're going to have a lot of linebackers playing and the defensive front is going to rotate. We are in a situation where we are continuing to play a lot of players and see which ones can make plays."
Last week, Carolina got a much-needed shot in the arm with a new look at the linebacker positions, sparked by nine tackle (seven solo) performances from true freshmen Larry Edwards and Fred Sparkman. Edwards admitted he was a little shocked that things went so well.
"I didn't expect that at all," Edwards said. "I was just hoping to contribute. I just wanted to get out there and not mess up. This is all coming kind of fast, but I'm just taking it as it comes. I'm trying to get my film study down and get my reads down."
The Tar Heels had comeback to take an eight-point lead with 12:04 remaining in the game, when Brown took the ensuing kickoff and was headed into the end zone for what was going to be an 81-yard kickoff return. But UNC's Derrick Johnson poked the ball out from behind before Brown could cross the goal line and it rolled out of the end zone.
Brown would catch a 6-yard touchdown pass with 23 seconds left to bring the Pirates within a field goal, but Chris Curry fielded the onside kick attempt and the Tar Heels escaped with a 24-21 victory.
The two teams tied 24-24 in 1979, when UNC kicker Jeff Hayes' nailed a 47-yard field goal with 13 seconds left to avoid the defeat.
Carolina's biggest win came in 1981, when the future Gator Bowl champs would finish 10-2. UNC's Kelvin Bryant rushed for 211 yards and an ACC record six touchdowns, shutting out the Pirates for the first time in 110 games, 56-0.
1963: ECU 20 Wake Forest 10 (17,000 – set stadium record at that time)
1997: ECU 25, Wake Forest 24 (38,031 – 14th largest all-time)
1999: ECU 37, Duke 9 (42,052 – 3rd largest all-time)
1999: ECU 23, N.C. State 6 (50,092 all-time largest)
2001: Wake Forest 21, ECU 19 (38,674 – 10th largest all-time).