Back in 2005, Mack Brown’s poisonous cheese mantra worked.
His then-No. 2 ranked Texas Longhorns avoided the upset in a trap game against unranked rival Texas A&M.
But fast forward 18 years, and it’s a different story. No matter how hard Brown tried during the week to warn his North Carolina team not to eat the poisonous cheese, he wasn’t able to replicate what he did at Texas.
On Saturday night, the perfect season for the Tar Heels came crashing down in a trap-game loss against Virginia.
North Carolina took a day to dwell on what happened against the Cavaliers ahead of preparation for Georgia Tech, using the same mindset that they have carried throughout the season — the 24-hour rule. One day to bask in a win — or in this case, a loss.
“Everyone was upset, frustrated, mad,” junior tight end John Copenhaver said. “We took Sunday and we dealt with it, watched film and put that to bed and now we’re on to Georgia Tech.”
Following what was one of UNC's worst losses since Brown’s return to Chapel Hill, North Carolina will need to get back on track in practice this week, starting with getting over the mental hump that is Georgia Tech.
“Everybody thinks we've got Miami's number because we've beaten them five [games] in a row,” Brown said. “Well, Georgia Tech's had North Carolina's number, and before I got here [they had our number] in Atlanta, so that makes this a game that people should project that we lose, period.”
The team set a goal to win the ACC title ahead of the season, and that is still in reach for this team. North Carolina knows that Georgia Tech is just the first step in getting back on track.