Two days have passed since the border rivalry between North Carolina and South Carolina in which the Gamecocks won 27-10. Now that the dust has settled, here are a handful of nuggets to take away:
Renner looked out of sync in the early stages of the game, but finished throwing no interceptions against a stout South Carolina defense. Renner finished with 1 touchdown pass on 26 for 43 passing and accrued 194 yards in the game.
The Tar Heels trailed from the first South Carolina pass of the game which resulted in a touchdown. They also trailed 17-0 at half. But in the second, the two teams were even on the scoreboard with each team scoring 10 second half points.
-First Downs and Time of Possession
Despite the fairly lopsided score, North Carolina finished the game with an 18-17 advantage in first downs and possessed the ball nearly a minute more than the Gamecocks. This may be due partly to South Carolina's quick early strikes but also speaks to the much more even 2nd half performance by the Tar Heels.
The Tar Heels running backs combined for over a hundred yards on the game despite the fact that the team played catch up the entire game. Romar Morris rushed for 69 yards while A.J. Blue finished with 37. The pair averaged 4.6 yards per carry in the game.
10 different Tar Heel receivers caught passes on Thursday led by Quinshad Davis and T.J. Thorpe who each had 4 receptions.
Despite an abundance of hype leading into the game directed at South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney, the big time defender was less that impressive in game 1 of his second season. Clowney did not have a sack and appeared to be worn down by the Tar Heel spread offense.
The Tar Heels did a good job keeping themselves in the game after it appeared that a route was imminent early on. Larry Fedora's team held their own after falling down early to the 6th ranked Gamecocks. You are never happy with a loss, but North Carolina showed glimpses of a team with potential. Although they are young at some key positions, look for this team to improve as the season moves forward.
North Carolina will be in action Saturday, September 7 from Kenan Stadium against Middle Tennessee State. The Blue Raiders will come into the game off of the heels of a 45-24 victory against Western Carolina. Game time will be 12:30pm