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article imageLSU survives North Carolina

By Michael Bearak     Sep 5, 2010 in Sports
Atlanta - The University of North Carolina found themselves down 30-10 at the end of the first half and were getting gunned and outplayed by LSU in Atlanta at the Chik-fil-A Kickoff Game.
It seemed like there was no way for North Carolina to compete with LSU when they were missing a dozen of their players including 8 on defense. At halftime the Tarheels were down by 20 and LSU was running all over the field while the Tarheels looked lost. Any coach will tell you there are reasons why they play four full quarters and UNC took their time but eventually gave LSU everything they could handle falling short at the very end of the game.
ABC sideline commentator Erin Andrews repeatedly talked about how the Tarheels had no emotion coming out at the start of the second half. TJ Yates and the UNC offense couldn't quite get to going in the third quarter, but neither could the Tigers of LSU. The Tarheel defense that was missing two-thirds of their starters held the LSU offense in check the entire second half.
It was the fourth quarter though that made the biggest difference as the Tar Heels closed the gap scoring two touchdowns making the score 30-24. Then the Tar Heels recovered an on-sides kick but couldn't find pay dirt.
The fourth quarter scoring started with a 97 yard bomb from Yates. Then Yates hit another receiver again for another touchdown. After the on-sides kick though Yates coughed up the ball and the Tigers recovered. As LSU was moving the ball to run down the clock they too coughed it up and the Tarheels were given life one more time.
The game came down to six seconds from the six yard line. The Tarheels took two shots and missed on the first, the second also missed but replays showed that the linebacker was holding onto the UNC receiver and should have been called for pass interference.
Lou Holtz, ESPN Commentator, stated that LSU would have lost to a UNC team at full force. The LSU offense accounted for just 21 of the teams 30 points and had nothing in the second half against a Tarheel team that was playing second and third stringers.
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