Great drive for the offense ends with no points. On 3rd down Clausen had Tate for the touchdown, but Tate stopped running too soon and jumped. Had Tate simply kept running, it was an easy 6 because the defender made a horrible play on the ball. 4th and 7 and the offense completes a 3 yard pass.
Any points from UNC on this upcoming drive and this one could be over.
Defense just responded with its best drive of the game forcing a three and out. Brian Smith made back to back nice plays on 2nd and 3rd down to get the defense of the field.
Another good drive by the offense ends in a turnover. That’s 3 turnovers in the second half now. If we can’t comeback in this one we have no one to blame but ourselves.
This 3rd and 2 could determine the game. if we stop UNC we get the ball back with plenty of time and 2 timeouts left. Unfortunately Sexton completes another pass and UNC has a first down.
Well, here we are, another third and short situation. A stop and we have a chance. A conversion and the game is all but over.
Wow. I have to admit that I thought the 3rd down conversion was a completed pass.
The Irish offense was just granted a life line. Let’s see what they do with it.
How fitting that a last ditch comeback attempts ends in a turnover? That was officially the 5th turnover of the game and the 4th in 6 drives in the second half. There really was no reason for this game to even be close. We should have won this game by at least 2 touchdowns. I don’t care who you play, you will not win any game in which you turn the ball over 4 times in one half of football.
This wraps up easily the worst half of football this entire season. Leading 17-9 at halftime, we got outscored 20-7 by one of the worst offenses we’ll fave all year.
The defense turned in its worst 60 minutes of football and the offense turned in its worst 30 minutes of football of the season.
The ONLY way UNC had any chance in this game was if the offense turned the ball over in the second half and that is exactly what they did – FOUR TIMES.
Wow. This was easily the most frustrating game to watch in the Charlie Weis Era. Coulda. Shoulda. Woulda.
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