Two weeks removed from a 69-14 pasting at the hands of Louisville, and the result is as different as night and day. Carolina's Tar Heels had to face the elusive Marques Hagans and Virginia. Judging by the teams' last games (UVa had upset Florida State last week, 26-21) and hearing the media sports gurus tell it looked as though it would shape up to be a long afternoon for the light blue. On the other hand, you had to wonder what the Vegas oddsmakers knew when the game was listed as a "pick-'em". Turns out they were right.
Final score in Beautiful Kenan Stadium, 7-5, Carolina. How about those Tar Heels, huh? Lowest score in a winning effort since John Bunting was a senior linebacker (1971) and the 'Heels stopped Wake Forest in the very same stadium, 7-3.
Well not much time to savor this one, as Miami is next up at the Orange Bowl next Saturday at 3:37pm (ABC). For the moment, both teams are tied for second place in the ACC Coastal Division at 2-1 behind Virginia Tech (4-0). Hopefully it will be another great contest like last year's 31-28 game. Right down to the wire.