The Heels generated just enough pressure to force some critical turnovers that turned the game in the Heels favor. Star receiver and kick returner Brandon Tate hurt his knee early and didn’t return. The UNC defense continues to lead the nation in interceptions, but the string of consecutive blocked punts ended at four.
The luck of the Irish almost came into play when two late critical plays were review by the officials. We aren’t sure about the first one – a called incomplete pass that would have given UNC a game icing first down with 1:30 to play – but, we are pretty confident that the final ND play was a fumble. In fact, if you watch closely, it looks like Golden Tate fumbled on purpose to keep the ball in play perhaps thinking that the clock had run out.
After a nerve wracking 24 minute review for Heels’ fans (OK, it was only 4 minutes), all was right in the world and the Tar Heels had a another important win on their trip down Resurrection Boulevard.
Next week, the revitalzied Wahoos and the Heels haven't won in C'ville in a very long time.
(Photos: Quinton Coples #90 of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrates after sacking Jimmy Clauson #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Kenan Stadium October 11, 2008 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images. North Carolina Tar Heels head coach Butch Davis chats with referee Randy Smith late in the second half during their game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Kenan Stadium October 11, 2008 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)