Friday, September 12, 2008


NORTH CAROLINA 44, Rutgers 12

It was the biggest win for the Tar Heels since…well…nobody can remember since when…

One might have to harken back to Days O’ William Mack Brown to find such a significant pigskin victory, but last night Butch Davis and his UNC squad took a big step toward ACC football credibility while closing the gap in Chapel Hill between football and hoops. (Side note: UNC’s basketball team is the unanimous preseason #1.)

OK, before we get all carried away. Rutgers, who lost its opener to Fresno State before losing last night to the Heels, isn’t very good. Fresno State? Who knew they had a football team?

They have a basketball team ‘cause that’s where the Shark landed after he got run out of UNLV. If you’re south of Vegas in any category but vice, you’re not good. (Side note: The 2005 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Champions will return all five starters to this year’s unanimous preseason #1 team.)

Receivers Brandon Tate and Hakeem Nicks each scored two touchdowns and quarterback T.J. Yates threw for three scores as the Heels ended a 20-game losing streak outside of the state and a 14 straight road game losing streak outside of the Triangle. (Side note: …including last year’s Player of the Year, and long lost cousin of Toly Hansbrough©, Tyler Hansbrough.)

Linebacker Bruce Carter added an interception return for a touchdown in a dominant performance by UNC's defense, which forced four turnovers. (Side note: The Tar Heels basketball squad opens up November 15 vs. Penn, not that we’re waiting or anything like that.)

Next up for the Heels: Virginia Tech. We will know more about the Hokies after Saturday’s game vs. Georgia Tech. (Side note: Evidently, back-up point guard Bobby Frasor’s surgically repaired knee is doing fine.)

(Photos By Associated Press/Mel Evans and Getty Images)

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