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Elijah Hood hits career night in homecoming
There’s likely not much North Carolina’s offense wants to remember in Thursday night’s season-opening 17-13 loss to South Carolina (1-0). But amid the otherwise forgettable night for the offensive unit, running back Elijah Hood put in a gem of a performance with a career-high 138 yards on 12 carries to open his sophomore campaign in front of a hometown crowd.
Fedora on Hood's Role in Red Zone
Elijah Hood rushed for a career-high 138 yards on 12 carries in Thursday’s loss, yet didn’t see the field when UNC crossed South Carolina’s 10-yard-line to set up a 1st-and-goal at the 9. He wasn’t on the field for 2nd-and-goal at the 9, nor was he inserted on 3rd-and-goal at the 3. Hood finally reappeared on 4th-and-goal from the 8 to serve as a blocker.
Larry Fedora post-game quotes
Larry Fedora Opening Statements: "First you have to give South Carolina credit for doing what they did. They forced turnovers on the offense, all of them in the red zone I believe. Defensively we did some good things. I wouldn’t say that we have arrived but we did enough to win the football game tonight."
Turner's Take: The Sting
This one is going to sting. “We missed an opportunity tonight to win a football game,” Larry Fedora said to open his postgame press conference. And he’s right, because North Carolina should have walked away the victor in Thursday’s Belk College Kickoff matchup with South Carolina. It was the veteran Tar Heel offense that let the team down in the season opener.
Video: UNC vs South Carolina Game Highlights
The Tar Heels dropped a close one to the Gamecocks, 17-13, to begin the season in Charlotte, NC on September 3rd, 2015.
Breaking down South Carolina's 17-13 win over UNC
Penalties, dropped passes questionable decision making were all on display in the border war, with UNC quarterback Marquise Williams becoming the story for all the wrong reasons with three turnovers in scoring opportunities. But the game did feature some highlights to pair with the lowlights.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - South Carolina
What a disappointing loss for a Carolina team that showed progress in almost every needed area—a defense that got some needed stops, a field goal unit that produced points even at big distances—needed to put the Tar Heels in position to get perhaps the biggest season-opening victory since the Mack Brown era. But three critical red zone interceptions stymied the offense.
Video: Elijah Hood Rushes for a Career-High 138 Yards vs. South Carolina
Sophomore running back Elijah Hood broke several big gains on his way to a career-best 138 yards against South Carolina on September 3rd, 2015.
Recap & Analysis: South Carolina 17 North Carolina 13
UNC got huge performances from Bug Howard who had 114 yards receiving and a touchdown. Elijah Hood racked up a career high 138 yards on just 12 carries which begs to ask why he didn't get the ball more often. The defense did what it needed to do. South Carolina had just 17 points but one of the worst games of Marquise Williams' career and a litany of little mistakes doomed the offense to just 13 points.
Box Score: South Carolina 17, North Carolina 13
View the complete box score from North Carolina's 17-13 season-opening loss to South Carolina at the Belk College Kickoff Classic in Charlotte, NC.
Carson, Moore lift Gamecocks past Tar Heels 17-13
Shon Carson ran for 75 yards and a touchdown, linebacker Skai Moore intercepted two passes in the end zone and South Carolina defeated border state rival North Carolina 17-13 on Thursday night. North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams finished 19 of 31 for 232 yards and one touchdown. Elijah Hood led UNC with 138 yards on 12 carries.
Video: UNC-South Carolina Team Motivational Video
Motivational video played today for the North Carolina football team before the Tar Heels take the field against South Carolina in Charlotte.
Tar Heels Open 2015 Football Thursday In Charlotte
North Carolina began training camp on Aug. 3 and after logging close to 30 practices in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels are set to face border-rival South Carolina in college football’s season opener on Thursday, Sept. 3. The contest will be televised by ESPN with a 6:01 p.m. kickoff from Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.
Breaking down North Carolina vs. South Carolina: Expect an offensive showcase
North Carolina and South Carolina have plenty in common -- from potent offenses to struggling defenses to coaches in need of a high-profile win. Both will get their chance to prove they have made significant progress from last season's disappointments when they kick off the college football season with a terrific ACC-SEC matchup.
North Carolina vs. South Carolina: Which is the 'real' Carolina?
North Carolina football actually has MORE all-time wins than South Carolina (670), a better winning percentage (.568) and more bowl victories (14). And we're not even a football school. I saved the best for last: You know what South Carolina's all-time football record vs. UNC is? 18-34-4. I believe this is where I drop the mic.