CHAPE HILL — The Tar Heels of North Carolina literally didn’t have time to feel sorry for themselves after suffering the most unexpected loss of the 2022 college football season on Saturday.
UNC was ranked 11th. USA Today Sports AFCA Coach Top 25 They were 20-point favorites over visiting Georgia Tech.
The loss was frustrating, embarrassing, and demoralizing for the North Carolina team, a week ago in college football playoff conversation, albeit a long shot.
“This is very disappointing for us,” said UNC coach Mack Brown. “I didn’t do a good job. I thought I was mature enough to play “trap games”. After Virginia (31-28 win), I thought we were over it. But apparently it wasn’t. ”
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North Carolina State (9-2, 6-1 ACC) took a short break to prepare for Friday after their Thanksgiving showdown with arch-rival North Carolina State University (7-4, 3-4) in Chapel. You can’t afford to dwell on setbacks in a week. hill. Both teams are looking to close out the regular season with a successful 3:30 p.m. kickoff before entering postseason play. The Tar Heels will face Clemson in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte on December 3, and both are expected to bowl his bid.
Facing North Carolina should be enough for UNC to put Georgia Tech’s loss on the back burner. The Wolfpack gave the Tar Heels one of his most frustrating defeats in recent history in his season finale last year as a regular at Raleigh.
Aided by recovering an onside kick, State scored two touchdowns in 26 seconds to overcome a nine-point deficit in a 34-30 win.
UNC junior linebacker Cedric Gray said after Saturday’s loss, “I’m definitely very ambitious for this game.” It’s a rivalry game, so it’s sure to be super motivating for the North Carolina State game. ”
Brown said UNC still has a lot to do, including an ACC championship and an opportunity to reach double-digit wins for just the ninth time in the program’s 120-year history.
“This school has never won nine more times in its history,” Brown said. And tonight they didn’t get their 10th win. But we fell short. ”