UNC 36, Wake Forest 34: Center Degrees

I’m going to try to keep this shorter than I usually do, because honestly, this team keeps playing the same game week after week and there’s a lot I can add to what I’ve already said. Improbably, this team basically found the same win over and over to tune the program’s first coastal championship in 7 years and a 9 winning season with 2 very winnable games remaining. I’m not really sure what’s next, but it sure is more fun to wonder who’s on the winning side of things. Anyway, let’s take stock of last night’s performance:

What more can be said about Drake May? Appearing to be tasked with more offensive load each week, Maye continues to rise to the occasion and prove that he is perhaps the best college player in the country. He put another career high in attempts with 49, and completed 31 of them for 448 yards and 3 touchdowns without turning the ball – a completion rate that was actually low for his standards, but hit about 6 drops (more on that later). He was also instrumental in running the ball, with 92 yards without a bag and other points. He’s got some warts: his deep ball still needs some work, he missed two deep attempts and two more hits still caught, and he also needs to work on the transition areas between passer-by and runner – he’s sometimes very quick to rescue from clean pockets If he sees grass, on the contrary, he is sometimes too slow to commit to running when he comes out of the pocket. But these are anecdotes, really. Maye perfectly holds this offense, lifts his teammates, and plays the quarterback with ease at the highest level Chapel Hill I’ve ever seen.

I’m not really sure what to do that Elijah Green is the only one who has gone back to have any pregnancy in the last two weeks. Injured Caleb Hood and Amarion Hampton will likely have been on the bench for a while after the pair fumed too much, but DJ Jones and George Pettaway appear to have been put off after they looked more serviceable early in the season. They made it to the ballpark, but not to run the plays. This is not to say that Green, who played a good game. He’s a good receiver off the field and turns wrinkles into a piece that plays pretty regularly with blasting and speed, but his relative weakness in intense space isn’t always complemented by a much better attack line in blocking area than a human. The last line of 18 lunges for 66 yards and the touchdown wasn’t a terrible thing, but he had 8 of his 18 loads go for 1 yard or less, putting pressure on the quarterback to convert longer passes and killing offensive momentum. The best example of this is the failure of the goal-line transformation of the UN leadership to lead the third to last meaningful game. With an yard to get to third, Green took the call to blast right. There was daylight there for a second for a noon to lower his towel and circle the goal line, but Green tried to sprint to the line instead and stood up, losing half a yard and asking for a awkward pass foul to do a big job instead. Green, on the other hand, was great at protecting passes, looking for work and regularly stoning midfielders, giving him all kinds of time in three quarters.

Josh Downs was again unguarded, making mincemeat from Wake Forest Subordinate on all levels en route to 11 catch points for 154 yards and all three heel contacts through the air. He obviously had serious cramps in the second half and obviously wasn’t moving properly, but he still had an amazing capture and ran after catching his longest run of the night when the heels needed him, setting up a match-winning field goal. Tight end Bryson Nesbit also announced his comeback from injury definitively, with 3 touchdowns in the opening lead for UNC and 5 in total for 63 yards. Unfortunately, some inconsistency has surfaced everywhere else. Antoine Green, who was very good this year, had a great deep catch before giving up another and later suffering another drop that would have given the heel first down, then replacing himself with a tough grip on the middle, getting a tattoo of a mark. Hit that would take him out for the rest of the game. In relief, JJ Jones, who has come up in the big positions time and time again, dropped a few balls between one nice attempt. Gavin Blackwell dropped a potential touchdown, and Kobe Bayzor was too slow on a break to catch up with another. On the brighter side, Kamari Morales and John Copenhaver have tight ends some nice plays, as they have been throughout the season.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The trade-off between last year’s streak, which was a decent running block and bad pass protection, and this year, which wasn’t great for a running game but pretty decent as pass blockers, is one I’ll do every day and twice in Saturdays. I wish they were a little better as people move into power positions, which were doomed to heel a few times throughout the game, but they give Maye the time he needs to work his magic, and I couldn’t wish for more of that. This game, though, it looked like they were exhausted about 10 minutes before the match started, and suddenly May was seeing a lot of black shirts around and playing uncomfortably as a result. The offensive disengagement in the fourth quarter from the heels had to do with a lot of things: Downs playing on one leg, Green’s absence, and May looking a little shaky, but nothing more, it seems, from a tired offensive line faster than the defensive front they were up against. Fortunately, they held out long enough for UNC to take the win.

For the second week in a row, the UNC defensive line allowed a totally hasty attack on them, dealing with them at the line of scrimmage over and over and completely giving edges to whoever Wake Forest puts them in running back. Heels cut 4.6 yards per carry non-quarterback and 170 fast total yards for a team that didn’t average better than 3.5 yards per carry against any opponent in the conference. In the pass game, they were aided by a healthy dose of extra pressure, which turned out to be a boom or bust proposition in all matches: they forced some quick throws that didn’t make a 3 touchdown, pressed Hartmann into the game-saving interception, and faced off 3 in a row To finish the game, but when they didn’t get home, Hartmann made the UNC defense push a lot as well, with 4 4th down conversions and many massive passes. When the defensive front put in a good showing, Jahvaree Ritzie was usually involved, including getting Hartmann’s hand first in the only UNC sack of the day. Myles Murphy made several good plays but also a handful of negative ones, including a hand-to-face punishment in a play that would stand out a lot if the game had gone any other way.

Another game, another performance by Cedric Gray led the team in tackles, even as Gene Chaseick was constantly sending him into the line of scrimmage instead of asking him to play side to side as he normally does. Gray has been basically good at everything he has been asked to do and is involved in every positive thing the defense does; He is a legitimate lover. Kaimon Rucker also had an excellent game, with 5 tackles, the only UNC entry to lose, and forcing Sam Hartman to stumble into fourth was threatening to pick up his legs against all odds, but really made his mark in the game late. , which imposed two punishing parts on Wake’s last drive that put demonic deacons behind the sticks and ultimately made it impossible for them to turn the first one down. Power Echols also had a nice game, also living as a pitzer and destroying running backs to protect passes over and over, though he often made himself out of plays.

Cam Kelly has somehow saved this rating from being much worse with an interception that may be UNC’s most influential play of the season, reading Sam Hartman all the way down and reducing his passes. Other than that, it was the same story we’ve seen all season. A couple touching breakups from both the start, but plenty of roasting deep in the sidelines, especially from Storm Duck. The Ducks and Tony Grimes ended up combining 15 tackles (8 for ducks and 7 for Grimes), but the effort on those tackles seemed to wane and dwindle: In one game they were forcing the ball carrier down immediately, and the next time you’d be carried for an additional four yards. Grimes actually led the whole team on individual tackles, making a lot more defensive impact for the ball than he’d had in most weeks, but was also called up for a pass tackle near the end of the game because the Heels were lucky he didn’t hurt them. Other than objection, Kelly increased the responsibilities in the short field in this game with the linebackers and DeAndre Boykins living on the backcourt, and wasn’t a right fit for the most part, missing several tackles that would have ended up leading and allowing any of the easy downs Fourth or first straight.

Noah Burnett’s first extra point missed of the season could not have come at a worse time, as it has had a huge impact on how the rest of the second half plays, and usually worse for UNC: a two-point failed conversion they managed to make up for a denied transfer From two points on their own, scoring margins gave Wake Forest much easier paths to winning than heels. He made up for it, though, with a game-winning field goal from 33 yards, and was solid at the start as well, capturing a few ill-advised responses by the Deacs. Ben Kiernan looked to have a penalty early in the second half giving Wake Forest a good position on the field, but he pinned him in the five over the other. And the returnees did well to handle the strange Wake Forest method of their own staging, which they hit to about 20 at a time: Instead of trying to bring anything back, UNC’s cover players made a fair pick, and they avoided disaster. These are good instructions from the coach of the special teams.

I give credit to Gene Chizik for getting into this game with an actual plan. He’s attacked his midfielders and defensive backs regularly and certainly a lot more than he has all season, trying to force Sam Hartmann under pressure and making the same kind of poor decisions and throws that have had him throwing three interceptions in each of the last two games. Like I said earlier it was a boom-or-break proposition and it did a lot to boom and break for the heel throughout the match, but it was vastly superior to the alternative of sitting in the main defense and giving Hartmann time to work because the defensive line definitely wouldn’t create pressure on a lonely enough Approximately. I think he could have done it on purpose a little more, with more A-gap blitzes and less overload on both sides, but there was absolutely no plan that is a huge improvement from what we’re seeing in most weeks of this team. In the end, although Wake Forest walked up and down the field on most of his attempts, this regular pressure helped the defense make enough plays not to lose the match.

Phil Longo had a sterling first half, but after he lost full use of many of his weapons in the second half things started to go a little sideways. He’s got a lot of anger at the moment for not trying more QB offside into the goal line, but it looked as if the number one left Mai swayed a bit, so I’m fine to avoid it – but I think this is exactly the time to bring a back Bigger, or even a narrow end in the back, and try to run it in the line when you need six inches. You mentioned it in the running section, but focusing on Elijah Green to be doing it all seems misleading, and definitely hurt Longo on Saturday. The other Target campaign, which ended with Burnett’s field goal, was even more egregious. With a shaky passing game, Longo opted to attempt a pass for first and fourth as the goal was to turn the clockwork, and the offense took a big sack that took them away from the strike distance and forced them to settle. Thankfully, Burnett hit the field goal and the rest was history, but this was a really bad sequence.

As for Mac Brown, what more can be said? There were at least 3 fourth defeats that turned Wake Forest where the defense looked confused and needed a timeout that didn’t call, and a handful of plays overall where the boys in white looked very outgoing. But his team keeps winning close matches, and whether it’s just a positive dip or something he’s doing, I can’t complain too much.

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