UNC-CU Game Notes

CLEMSON, S.C. – The North Carolina Tar Heels pounded Clemson in every phase of the game in a 38-3 blistering before an overflow crowd of 84,000 at memorial Stadium in Death Valley on Saturday.

In the process the Heels are in sole possession of second place in the ACC with a 4-1 league mark to go with their 5-3 overall record. Carolina is the first team in ACC history to win five straight after opening the season 0-3.

Here are some of this week's game notes:

Since gaining just 214 yards in a 44-14 loss at Texas, UNC had increased its total yardage per game. In a 41-9 win over Florida State the Tar Heels amassed 301 yards. In a 17-9 win at N.C. State Carolina gained 347 yards. In a 24-21 home victory over East Carolina UNC gobbled up 412 total yards and in last week's 30-24 win over Virginia in Chapel Hill the Heels chewed up 477 yards. Although the Heels didn't continue that trend against Clemson, they still carved out 425 yards in the 38-3 win.

The 400-plus yard effort was the third consecutive for the Tar Heels. The last time UNC had three consecutive games with 400-plus yards was in 1997 when they had 410 over Maryland, 418 versus Virginia and 477 at TCU. UNC won all three games and finished the season 11-1 ranked No. 4 in the nation.

In the ten meetings prior to Saturday's game, Clemson won six times by an average score of 29-14. In Carolina's four victories, the Heels averaged winning 27-6.

With a sack today, Peppers now has 29.5 career sacks and trails Greg Ellis (32.5), who is the school's all-time leader.

Entering Saturday's game, the Tar Heels had the nation's third most difficult according to the Sagarin ratings. No. 1 was California and No. 2 was Penn State.

UNC's computer rankings prior to Saturday's game in the ratings that are part of the BCS equation: Seattle Times (29), Sagarin (22), Massey (27), Rotham (20), Colley (31), Mathews (27) and Billingsly (32). The Wolfe ratings won't be released until Oct. 22.

The three points allowed against the Tigers marked the third time since 1993 that UNC had either shut out Clemson or held them to three points. The other two times, in 1993 and 1996, the Heels won ten games and finished nationally ranked in the top 20.

UNC defensive tackle Will Chapman suffered a knee injury in the first quarter and did not return. His status is currently unknown but according to sources at UNC he may miss some time. Chapman will be examined by Monday when his status will be evaluated.

Quarterback Ronald Curry slightly pulled a hamstring but should be fine in 12 days when the Heels play next (at Georgia Tech on Thursday, Nov. 1). Curry said he will visit the hospital in the morning to see where he stands with his latest injury. Last week he bothered his Achilles.

UNC's 35-point margin in Death Valley equaled its largest on the road against the Tigers. In 1970 the Heels won 42-7. Incidentally, that was the last time head coach John Bunting visited as a part of the UNC football program.

The Heels' 38 points were the second most they have scored at Clemson. The most was 42, in 1970. UNC also won 29-0 in Tigerland in 1964.

With two interceptions, the Heels now have forced 12 turnovers in their five-game winning streak.

Senior wide receiver Kory Bailey's two receptions give him 120 for his career, good for a tie for fifth at UNC with L.C. Stevens (1995-98) at UNC.

Curry's 109 passing yards gives him 4,654 for his career, just 29 behind all-time leader Jason Stanicek (1991-94).


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.

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