No. 11 OR drops nail-biter vs. No. 6 North Carolina

Ross Houston
December 1, 2019

A real question facing this team is, 'Where does it go from here?' In regard to staff or quarterback changes, head coach Dave Doeren didn't have any answers.

"I was down on myself in the first half", he said. "We've just didn't finish enough plays". "I don't have the answers for you tonight".

At one point, MI basketball trailed by nine in the first half, but a series of runs put them up by 14 at one point and the neutral-court win send the Wolverines into the semifinals Thursday against either North Carolina or Alabama. However, it was struggling in the air to slot receivers and long balls. He played well on defense and his presence helped the offense. Freshmen running backs Zonovan Knight and Jordan Houston represented bright spots for the offense, each attaining over 40 yards in the first half.


He more than compensated, though, with three touchdown passes and a season-high 401 passing yards while connecting on 23 of 33 passes.

Carolina scored 21 off turnovers in the third quarter alone.

"I'll definitely remember that moment", Hines said. "When they did, they opened holes and I just ran through them". "I think a lot of valuable reps went on out there". They are also bowl eligible for the first time since 2016.


The Wolfpack got the ball to start the quarter, lost it on a three-and-out and proceeded to fail to muster up a drive over three plays for the remainder of the quarter, putting together only 43 yards of total offense. Carter leads the UNC backfield in touchdowns and rushing and receiving yards. "I thought we did absolutely everything possible to lose that game in the third quarter". "Good for them. They've hung in there for us. We've got a lot to fix". That said, the Tar Heels will absolutely take it: at the least, the season-opening win over SC, ending a long streak of failure in that particular scenario, not to mention the rivalry wins over Duke and N.C. State.

The game was tied at 17 with less than nine minutes remaining in the first half.

The Tar Heels would just as soon things proceed in the future the way this game did, a slowish start leading to a runaway: N.C. State led 10-6 at the half in a miserable, soaking rain, but when the skies cleared to start the third quarter the Tar Heels stormed ahead with 28 unanswered points in the quarter on three Javonte Williams touchdowns and a 52-yard pass from Howell to Dyami Brown.


After his second interception, Leary was pulled due to injury, and redshirt sophomore Bailey Hockman came into the game. It is the first time in program history that the Ducks have played four ranked teams in the non-conference portion of the schedule.

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