North Carolina averaged 8.1 yards per carry, the third-highest average against the Jackets in school history. The Tar Heels were 8-for-13 on third down against the Jackets, ranked last in FBS in third-down conversion rate. When needing between six and 10 yards, they were 6-for-9.
It followed a week of preparation in which coaches were attempting to simplify the play calling after often being misaligned or confused against Duke.
“I can’t tell you,” said Johnson, asked if it was again an issue Saturday. “And part of the issues are nobody beats a block, nobody tackles anybody, nobody covers anybody. That about covers it.”
North Carolina threw 35 passes but Tech did not record a sack. The Tar Heels have given up at least one sack in all but one game, the exception being FCS James Madison. After breaking their turnover drought against Duke with three takeaways, the Jackets did not force a turnover or a fumble in 70 offensive snaps.
“It’s definitely embarrassing,” safety Corey Griffin said. “I’m embarrassed, the team’s embarrassed, Coach Johnson’s embarrassed, the whole coaching staff.”