UNC-Clemson: Game Notes

CHAPEL HILL - The North Carolina Tar Heels' season of misery continued today as the Clemson Tigers roared into Kenan Stadium and rolled to a 42-12 victory before a crowd of 42,000.

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    Here are some notes from Carolina's eighth loss in 10 games, and fifth consecutive defeat overall.

  • With the victory, Clemson now leads the all-time series 32-18-1.
  • The Tigers have won two consecutive games in Chapel Hill. They defeated UNC 38-24 in 2000.
  • With the loss, UNC finished the season winless at home for the first time since going 0-4 in 1952. This fall's 0-6 mark is the worst overall home season in school history.
  • UNC has now been outscored 162-25 in the last 14 quarters dating back to its 21-0 halftime lead at Virginia.
  • UNC has been outscored 120-12 in the second half of its last five games.
  • Carolina finishes the season having been outscored 235-91 at home. The average score at Kenan Stadium this fall: Opponents 39, Tar Heels 15.
  • Since UNC's 21-13 loss to Georgia Tech on Sept. 28, the Tar Heels have been outscored 238-101, which is an average margin of 39.6-16.8.
  • Just five of UNC's 22 TDs on the season have come on the ground, and one of those was a fumble recovery by center Jason Brown in the loss to Texas. However, Carolina has given up 30 rushing TDs on the campaign.
  • Sam Aiken's 8 receptions give him 58 for the year, a new UNC single-season record, breaking the previous mark of 55 set by Na Brown in both 1997 and 1998.
  • Aiken's 58 receiving yards puts him just 85 short of equaling Carolina's single-season record of 970 set by Octavus Barnes in 1995.
  • Aiken's 8 receptions gives him 136 for his career, which puts him at 5th in school history. Next in line: Kory Biley (139), Leon Johnson (151), Corey Holliday (155), and Na Brown (165).
  • Aiken's 58 receiving yards now gives him 885 on the season, and 2,100 for his career, putting him at 3rd all time in UNC history. Next in line: Octavus Barnes (2,398) and Corey Holliday (2,447).
  • Darian Durant, out for the season with an injury, will finish the season with 3,703 passing yards for his career, good for 6th all-time in school history. Next on the list: Chris Keldorf (3,795), Matt Kupec (3,840), Mike Thomas (4,368), Jason Stanicek (4,683), and Ronald Curry (4,987).
  • Durant has 266 completions for his career, good for 8th on UNC's all-time list. Next in line: Scott Stankavage (272), Kevin Anthony (296), Mike Thomas 302, Chris Keldorf (305), Matt Kupec (305), Ronald Curry (345), and Jason Stanicek (372).
  • Durant also finishes with 32 TD passes for his career, which puts him 3rd in school history. Next in line: Matt Kupec (33) and Chris Keldorf (35).
  • Entering this weekend's action, UNC's strength of schedule is ranked as the fourth most difficult in the nation according to the Sagarin rankings.
  • Free safety Dexter Reid entered the Maryland game leading the ACC with an average of 13.4 tackles per game and now holds UNC's single-season record of tackles by a defensive back. His 121 tackles betters the 118 by Billy-Dee Greenwood in 1999.
  • Entering this weekend's game, the Tar Heels were on pare to set the school record for passing yards in a season, averaging 280.9 yards per game. The previous record was set in 1997 when UNC averaged 261.8 yards per game.
  • Entering the Clemson game, UNC was averaging 381.5 yards per game, its highest since averaging 196.5 in 1995.
  • ACC teams reaching bowl games since 1992: FSU 10, UNC 8, Clemson 7, Virginia 7, N.C. State 6, Georgia Tech 5, Wake Forest 2, Duke 1, Maryland 1

Senior writer Andrew Jones is in his seventh year with Inside Carolina. He hosts a late afternoon radio show on ESPN Radio, WMFD AM630 in Wilmington and can be reached via e-mail at: AndrewJones@AM630.net.

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