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UNC vs. Boston College - Player of the Game: Michael Carter

The running back had a big day as the Heels eked out a win on the road.

NCAA Football: North Carolina at Boston College Adam Richins-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday’s game was a fairly annoying one for North Carolina. The Tar Heels eventually finished off a 26-22 win over Boston College, but it was far from a picture perfect one.

There are several players who had generally good games, but also had one or two questionable moments, except for Michael Carter. Carter’s contributions were pretty much all positive, and for that, he gets our player of the game against Boston College.

Carter ran for 121 yards on 16 carries, averaging nearly eight yards an attempt. He also caught one pass for six yards in the win. He accounted for 69% of the rushing yards and 32% of the total yards Carolina had in the win.

Carter didn’t punch the ball in himself for a touchdown at any point, but he was pretty active in the drives where the Tar Heels did reach the end zone. He also had a massive 35-yard gain on a drive in the fourth quarter that got UNC into BC territory. That drive should’ve ended with a field goal that put UNC up 11 and sealed a win. Instead the field goal was missed, leading to the late dramatics, but Carter did more than enough to get the Heels the win.

There aren’t a ton of other obvious candidates. From the defensive end, you could go with Chazz Surratt, who recorded a team high eight tackles, or Tomon Fox, who had a sack and 2.5 total tackles for loss. Trey Morrison also had six tackles and the interception and return the other way on BC’s two-point conversion that could’ve tied the game.

As for other offensive candidates, Carter’s fellow running back Javonte Williams went for 57 yards on 11 carries, while also recording 56 yards and one touchdown in the recieving game. He’s the only other one on that side of the ball worthy of general consideration.

UNC will have a lot of things to work on after this game. A lot of it wasn’t pretty. However, Michael Carter did a pretty good job making things look a lot better than they were.