GREENVILLE, N.C. — You might remember the last time these two teams met, but Larry Fedora prefers to forget.
The outcome, a 70-41 demolition led by the East Carolina offense, has been ingrained in the minds of North Carolina football fans since that day in 2014. But the head coach stated publicly that he does not remember the contest, although he noted on Wednesday after practice that it was due to his “selective memory.”
Judging by the game played Saturday, a 41-19 ECU victory, Fedora might want to forget this one, too.
“Every loss is discouraging,” Fedora said. “Every loss hurts. You don’t work any less when you don’t have success, I can assure you.”
Fedora will want to forget discouraging moments such as Antonio Williams knocking an opposing player out of the game with a helmet-to-helmet hit with 5:02 remaining in the second quarter and his team down just 14-13.
He will want to forget the targeting ejection of the junior running back, who had already racked up 96 yards on six carries, and who the Pirates had no answer to defensively.
He will want to forget the seven first-half penalties UNC committed, headlined by a late hit on third down by redshirt senior Tyler Powell on the ECU quarterback that gifted the Pirates a first down in the Tar Heel redzone. And that hit on Reid Herring in the second quarter led to the Pirates’ second touchdown of the game.
Or the pass interference call on cornerback Corey Bell Jr. that gave the Pirates a first down late in the second quarter. Or the following play, a 22-yard touchdown pass that put the Pirates in front 21-16.