After losing a 44-41 shootout to a sub-.500 Virginia team on Saturday, the North Carolina football team fell out of the top 25 for the first time this season.
It was the Tar Heels’ fourth consecutive loss in the South’s Oldest Rivalry, and it all but eliminated their hopes of an ACC Championship game appearance. With No. 1 Clemson, No. 4 Notre Dame and No. 11 Miami sitting above them in the conference standings, the Tar Heels have slim odds of making a run at an ACC title after suffering losses to a pair of teams with a combined 4-8 record.
Despite the loss, in a Monday morning press conference, seniors Tomon Fox and Patrice Rene said UNC has pointed its focus toward continuing to improve before its matchup with Duke this Saturday.
“Our guys are very disappointed, especially on the defensive side, we’re disappointed with how we played,” Fox, an outside linebacker, said. “Whether we win or lose, we just forget about it the next day and focus on our next opponent.”
Saturday’s loss was filled with miscues on both sides of the ball, but the defense was especially notable for all the wrong reasons. UNC allowed 210 yards on the ground, many of which came in third-and-short situations, allowing the Cavaliers to milk the clock and ward off a second-half comeback attempt.