His uptempo offense has been at the heart of the three wins. North Carolina has averaged 542.7 yards per game against the Jackets, averaging 7.6 yards per snap. In all of Tech’s other ACC games in that time, opponents have averaged 6.0 yards per play, meaning the Tar Heels have moved the ball 27 percent more efficiently against Tech than the rest of the league.
“There’s no secret we’ve struggled defensively against these guys,” coach Paul Johnson said Monday. “They’ve lit us up here for the last little bit. It’s a chance for our defense to come out.”
Having lost a wealth of offensive talent from the 2016 team – notably quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, selected No. 2 overall in the draft – the Tar Heels appear more vulnerable this season. By reversing the streak, Tech can start 2-0 in ACC play for just the fourth time in coach Paul Johnson’s tenure.