The Canes were on the road once again as they went into Chapel Hill to face the 5-1 Tar Heels. The Canes, unlike previous weeks, got off to a hot start as they scored 17 points in just fifteen minutes of play. Jacory looked flawless as he threw two touchdown passes in the first quarter. Both teams settle for field goals to start the second quarter but an amazing throw by Jacory Harris to Travis Benjamin gave the Canes 27 points in the first half and went into an halftime nursing a 27-3 lead.
The Canes, uncharacteristically, were sluggish and Giovanni Bernard along with Bryn Renner made what looked like a blowout became a close one. The Tar Heels made it a six point game with less than a minute left and recovered the onside kick. The Tar Heels drove it down the field but a sack by Sean Spence sealed the win as the Canes improved to .500.
On offense, Jacory enjoyed the fact that the Tar Heels put nine men in the box all game long. Jacory might be the most gifted quarterback in the ACC. He has a big arm and can move around the pocket, but was a terrible decision maker. Jacory made great decisions today, there were many situations that a year ago, Jacory throws the ball right into a Tar Heels defender’s arm, but when Jacory was under pressure today, he either took the sack or threw it away if possible.
Lamar didn’t have such a good game. He had a 1.8 YPC, as oppose to his 7.2 YPC on the season. The Tar Heels put a bulls-eye on #6 and it worked. Unfortunately for the Tar Heels, that left guys like Travis Benjamin and Tommy Streeter on one-on-one situations. Streeter has really blossomed as a deep threat and uses his height to make great catches.
The defense did what they have done all year, struggle against the run. Giovani Bernard looked like a man amongst boys and was breaking tackles and making cuts like he was playing high school football. The defense did turn the ball over, including a fumble that really slowed down the Tar Heels momentum.
Overall, the Canes played good, not great for letting this become a close game. Jacory Harris is playing like what many Canes fan expected from the signal caller from Northwestern. Lamar is and has not been 100 percent healthy but teams will continue to narrow down on the former Killian star, opening up the passing game to receivers like Allen Hurns, Tommy Streeter and Travis Benjamin. This Canes defense better step up against the Yellow Jackets next week, a game that I will travel down to Sun Life and watch.