ATLANTA — North Carolina staged the biggest comeback in the 2010 college football season thus far on Saturday night at the Georgia Dome.
But 20 points was just too much to overcome. UNC, after trailing Louisiana State by 20, fell to the Tigers 30-24 in one of the greatest games in UNC history.
After recovering a fumble by LSU running back Steven Ridley with just more than a minute left, UNC marched down the field. The Tar Heels put together three plays of 16 yards or more to make it to the LSU six-yard-line with six seconds to play.
Yates and tight end Zack Pianalto could not connect on two straight passes and LSU walked away after nearly blowing the lead against a team missing 13 players due to an NCAA investigation.
Yates passed for a career-high 412 yards, thanks in large part to sophomore wide receiver Jheranie Boyd. Boyd had a school-record 221 receiving yards and one touchdown.