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UNC receives a humbling lesson against South Carolina

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North Carolina learned its a ways from where it wants to be during a measuring stick game against South Carolina. ROBERT WILLETT

CHAPEL HILL — In case you missed it during this long holiday weekend, here is my story from the day after North Carolina’s 27-10 defeat against South Carolina last Thursday night. The Tar Heels described their game against the Gamecocks as a measuring stick.

For one night, at least, UNC didn’t measure up to the No. 6 team in the country. Larry Fedora after the game said his team has a “long way” to go. But he said on Monday here during his weekly press conference that he thought the Tar Heels weren’t all that far away.

We’ll explore later on why both of his statements might be right.


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In terms of both statements, no, they did not measure up to SC in this game. SC won on execution and making the necessary plays to win. Was UNC that far off? It doesn't seem so, because of a couple of big plays.
Now if UNC can get on the other side of those big plays, that will be the difference maker against this type of competition in the future.

Humbling lesson

That's what it reads in the subject line/header on this blog. You'd think UNC lost 49-3 last Thursday. I just don't get it.

Not as bad as the final score

Part of Fedora's game plan is to wear down the other team and score points in the 4th. It's very unlikely the Heels would have won the game without the lightening delay but it's also very doubtful (watching SC try to breathe) that the Heels wouldn't have scored another TD and maybe a FG or second TD if the delay hadn't happened.

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Andrew Carter is the University of North Carolina beat writer for the News & Observer.