UNC recorded its first shutout since 1999 last week against Elon. PHOTO: Robert Willett
CHAPEL HILL — After North Carolina’s 62-0 victory against Elon on Saturday, coach Larry Fedora and others made it clear that the Tar Heels still had much work to do. The most glaring of those issues involved the pacing on offense, which Fedora and offensive coordinator Blake Anderson found far too slow.
But what about the defense? The Tar Heels on Saturday shut out an opponent for the first time. They allowed less than 3 yards per play. Was there anything that stood out there, like the pacing on offense, that clearly needed work? I asked Fedora that on Wednesday.
“No, not really,” he said. “Not really. You held them to 1.2 yards a rush. You created four turnovers. You did some really nice things. But there were a couple of third down situations we’d have liked to have got off the field and eventually we stopped those drives but you’d like to get off earlier.”
I wrote a story you can read here about what, exactly, UNC took from such a dominant defensive performance – but one that came against a clearly-overmatched opponent.