Based on Rutgers’ season-opening performance against Fresno State on Monday, North Carolina’s Sept. 11 trip to New Jersey looks a lot more inviting than almost anyone could have imagined in preseason.
With Ray Rice no longer around to pile up 200 or so yards rushing per game, the Scarlet Knights’ offense was a virtual no-show at home against a underdog team that had to travel cross country.
Phase I of Kenan Stadium renovations are scheduled to begin after this season, and after Saturday’s victory over McNeese State, they can’t start fast enough.
Not only did a lightning strike short out a circuit board in
the PA announcer’s box (the school had a spare), interfere with cable and wireless connections in the press box and delay the game in the second quarter for almost two hours — but a chunk of concrete fell into the stands around section 220, spokesman Steve Kirschner confirmed Saturday.
Staff photo by Robert Willett
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina needed a record-setting performance to beat McNeese State, 35-27, on Saturday.
Brandon Tate provided it.
On a night when UNC’s offense struggled to put together any sort of consistent attack at rain-soaked Kenan Stadium, the senior wide receiver provided most of his team’s surge — scoring two touchdowns, setting up another, and speeding his way to a school-record 397 all purpose yards.
While UNC walk-on Casey Barth is preparing to share kicking duties against McNeese State tonight, his older brother Connor, UNC's kicker from the previous four seasons, will continue to look for an NFL kicking job.
According to the Kansas City Star, the Chiefs have chosen Nick Novak after a tight kicking competition.
"The told me that if Nick doesn't do as well as they think he will, I should stay ready,'' Barth, an NFL rookie, told the paper.
"We're just trying to get a first down,'' he said.
Three North Carolina defensive backs — Charles Brown, Johnny White and LeCount Fantroy — are all questionable to play against McNeese State on Saturday, according to the team injury report.
Brown, who started nine games last season, has been slowed most of training camp with a sprained ankle. White, a converted running back, has an injured thigh, and Fantroy has a hurt hand. The Tar Heels' secondary faces an early test against the Cowboys, who use a spread offense and have two speedy receivers.
Joe Giglio and Caulton Tudor make their predictions for UNC and State's upcoming season. (Staff video by Rob Roberts and Travis Long)