UNC-Miami (OH): Postgame Notes

CHAPEL HILL -- North Carolina couldn't overcome nine turnovers despite a gritty performance and fell to Miami (OH), 27-21, in its 2002 season-opener. The following are some game notes from Carolina's defeat.

  • The nine turnovers tied an Atlantic Coast Conference record, equaling Wake Forest's mark in a 1956 game against Duke.
  • The school-record turnovers bettered the old record, set in a 1999 loss at Maryland, by two.
  • UNC began its 112th season of playing football with a loss for the 33rd time. The Heels are 75-33-4 all-time in openers.
  • Miami is UNC's only home opponent that didn't play in a bowl game last year, although the RedHawks finished 7-5. Texas, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Maryland and Clemson all played on bowl games.
  • The Tar Heels played eight teams last year that played in bowl games. This season UNC is slated to face seven teams that participated in the postseason last year.
  • With the loss, the Tar Heels are 4-3 against Miami. UNC lost its last clash with the RedHawks, a 13-10 defeat in the 1998 season opener. UNC was ranked No. 13 entering that season, which was former coach Carl Torbush's first regular season game.
  • UNC's wins over Miami: 1976 (14-10), 1981 (49-7), 1983 (48-17), 1990 (34-0).
  • UNC's losses to Miami: 1978 (7-3), 1998 (13-10), 2002 (27-21).
  • Carolina's appearance at No. 23 in the Associated Press poll last October was its first since losing to Miami in 1998.
  • Miami (Ohio) offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Shane Montgomery played quarterback at NC State and was the Wolfpack's starting QB in a 48-3 win in Chapel Hill in 1988
  • Carolina was 8-0 last season with a predetermined rotation at QB with Ronald Curry and Darian Durant. Curry started the first three games with no intended rotation and the Tar Heels lost at Oklahoma, at Maryland and at Texas. UNC also lost at Georgia Tech and at home to Wake Forest in games Durant started because Curry was out with an injury. The rotation system began with UNC's 41-9 rout of Florida State. With today's loss, UNC has now lost six consecutive games when it has mainly gone with one quarterback.
  • Durant's 17 TD passes last season was the third highest single-season total in Carolina history as well as third highest total for a freshman in ACC history. His TD pass on Saturday gives him 18 for his career. UNC's all-time leaders in TD passes: Chris Keldorf 35, Matt Kupec 33, Scott Stankavage 30, Curry 28, Stanicek 26, Rod Elkins 25, Charlie Justice 25, Mike Thomas 22, Kevin Anthony 20, Mark Maye 20, Jack Cummings 19, Oscar Davenport 18, Jonathan Hall 18, Bill Paschal 18.
  • Sam Aiken's eight receptions gives him 86 for his career and puts him at 13th on the Tar Heels' all-time list.
  • Aiken has 24 receptions for 489 yards & 4 TDs in his last four regular season games.
  • Entering Saturday's game, only one player (DE Will Chapman) of the 14 players on the two-deep along the defensive line and linebacker had ever started a college game.
  • Carolina started three sophomores (RT Skip Seagraves, C Jason Brown, LT Willie McNeil) and two juniors (LG Jupiter Wilson, RG Jeb Terry) along the offensive line. Second on the depth chart includes two redshirt freshmen: LT Drew Hunter and LG Arthur Smith.

Senior writer Andrew Jones is in his seventh year covering football and basketball for IC. He can be reached via e-mail at: AndrewJones@AM630.net.

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