Once again, the North Carolina Tar Heels were an utter disappointment.
This game was frustrating because of self-inflicted wounds and nonsense out of the team’s control. That combination made Carolina fans wish for an early finish to this game.
Perhaps in another universe, Omarion Hampton’s 178 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns were enough to earn Player of the Game honors easily. The nation’s leading rusher gashed Clemson for nearly 10 yards a carry.
However, his two fumbles, one at the seven-yard line and the other at the goal line, were the mistakes that changed the course of this game.
Drake Maye was handled in the second quarter, the usual best quarter of the game for UNC. Despite that, he had an excellent third down run to keep a drive alive in the midst of an awful third down performance in the game.
Maye threw for 209 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. This marks the second-fewest passing yards for Maye this season.
Conversely, Maye’s 67 yards rushing is a season-high and the most since he rushed for 70 against Duke last season.
This team withers in the spotlight and tonight, UNC did not even get an opportunity to not finish.