“Aligning up, fitting (gaps),” safety Corey Griffin said. “It all comes down to the small things. Those small things turn into big things. They gash us when we don’t do those small things correctly.”
Hood made one of big plays of the game in the first quarter. Ahead 10-7, North Carolina faced fourth-and-1 at the Tech 36-yard line. Tech put eight players in the box. The Jackets filled gaps on the left side of their line, but left a huge lane open on the right. Hood cut back and was barely touched on the way to the end zone to give the Tar Heels a 17-7 lead.