While not everything that happened in the North Carolina-Louisville was bad for the Tar Heels, this game did not produce many fond memories. It ended up being a historic performance, and not in a good way from a Carolina perspective.
You may not want to relive it, but lets look back at the UNC-Louisville game as it played out on Twitter.
From the first drive of the game, it was clear that Louisville was going to be able to move the ball. On Louisville’s first play from scrimmage, Lamar Jackson ran for 14 yards.
Lmao Lamar bout to cook UNC man.— Richard Johnson (@RJ_Writes) September 9, 2017
However, after a 45-yard drive, Louisville had to settle for a field goal, which was an early win for the Tar Heel defense.
Louisville w/a 37-yard FG, after UNC came up with a key third down stop. Any UL drive that doesn't end w/a TD is probably a victory for UNC.— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) September 9, 2017
Another early win for the Tar Heels was their first offensive drive. It was highlighted by UNC’s first play, where Chazz Surratt found Dazz Newsome for a 54-yard completion, getting them into Louisville territory.
Welcome to Carolina, Dazz Newsome! His first career touch goes for 54 yards and it's first and goal!— Carolina Football (@TarHeelFootball) September 9, 2017
Not sure anybody is gonna be able to beat UNC's Chazz-to-Dazz QB-WR tandem pic.twitter.com/vPWF9XcU4U— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) September 9, 2017
Following that touchdown, the Cardinals scored the next 10 points, going on 75+ yard drives both times. The two teams traded scores after that, with Lamar Jackson doing Lamar Jackson things to the UNC defense.
Lamar Jackson can sling it (after escaping would-be tacklers) pic.twitter.com/kdIdWmdFdj— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) September 9, 2017
Carolina went into halftime down six, but before they did, they got an absolute beauty of a punt from Tom Sheldon.
TOM SHELDON. HEISMAN. COLLISION COURSE.— bert (@brettlive) September 9, 2017
Halftime featured the ring ceremony for the basketball team. Even though it was a celebration of a team that toppled Louisville, it still had moments Cardinals’ fan could enjoy.
Louisville fans cheer when Luke Maye is announced. Awesome.— Brant Wilkerson-New (@BrantGNR) September 9, 2017
UNC got the ball to start the second half, but Brandon Harris came out to play quarterback. Surratt was seen heading back into the locker room before the end of the first half, and it seems it was due to a hopefully minor injury.
Surratt went to locker room late in first half. Favored right leg after being tackled on first-half run. Was on bike during that drive.— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) September 9, 2017
UNC’s first drive ended with a punt, and Louisville capitalized with a 43-yard Jackson rushing touchdown. Carolina was still sticking around at that point, and Anthony Ratliff-Williams returned the ensuing kickoff for a 94-yard touchdown.
Anthony Ratliff-Williams has set a school record with 199 yards in kickoff returns. Old record stood since 1994.— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) September 9, 2017
For one of a few times in the game, the Tar Heels’ defense got a stop on the next possession. Harris then led a nice, impressive drive, ending with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Jackson. Despite being totally outgained by a lot, UNC was back in front.
Brandon Harris has now eclipsed his career “nice throw” comments from his time at LSU.— #DaHale (@DavidHaleESPN) September 9, 2017
That would be about the end of good moments for UNC. They had several other drives to keep themselves in the game, but kept coming up short on fourth down tries. Meanwhile on the other side, it was turning into a game of stats porn for Jackson and the Cardinals.
Louisville's 607 total yards of offense are the most allowed by #UNC since the Baylor bowl game onslaught of 2015 (756).— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) September 9, 2017
Lamar Jackson: 525 yards of total offense.— CBS Sports CFB (@CBSSportsCFB) September 9, 2017
UNC: 401 yards of total offense pic.twitter.com/Kh4HgynaXK
Carolina kept the fight going for a little while. However in the end, like many teams before them, they got burned by Lamar Jackson and the Louisville offense.