Much like the Wake Forest game, the loss to Appalachian State was an inconsistent one for UNC. In the first half, the offense scored 17 points, but also turned the ball over three times. Meanwhile, the App State offense was able to rack up 27 points on over six yards per play.
However once again, the Tar Heels got the better of things in the second half, getting within three points before a potential game-tying kick was blocked. In the final two quarters, the offense nearly put up 300 yards, but it was too little too late.
One player that was pretty consistent throughout the whole thing was Javonte Williams.
For the third time this season, Williams led the Tar Heels in rushing, finishing with 94 yards on 16 carries. He didn’t record any of UNC’s touchdowns, but 60 of those yards came on the drives that led to Carolina’s second half touchdowns. He was a major part in them moving down the field to get back in the game. He also finished with two catches for 11 yards.
He wasn’t called upon much in the first half, but still finished with 27 yards on five carries.
Other major candidates includes receivers Dazz Newsome and Beau Corrales. Newsome led the team in receiving yards with 88 yards on six catches with one touchdown. Meanwhile, Corrales went for 84 yards also on six catches.
It’s hard to give player of a game to anyone on a defense that allowed 34 points and six yards per play, but if you had to, Myles Dorn (12 tackles, eight solo, two for loss) might be your best bet.
Williams was knocking on the door for this honor in two other games. In general, he’s been one of UNC’s most consistent players this season, and that continued on Saturday.