Matt Merletti University of North Carolina Football Kenan Football Center Chapel Hill, NC Thursday, April 7, 2011

Safety Matt Merletti out for the season

In North Carolina’s loss to Clemson on Saturday, the Tar Heels gave up 59 points, the most allowed by UNC since 2005, and the defense appeared especially weak against Tiger quarterback Tajh Boyd and his 367 passing yards. And for the rest of the season, defending the pass may be even tougher for the Tar Heels.


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	Clemson wide receiver, Sammy Watkins, avoids Carolina defensive back Tim Scott. UNC lost 38-59.

No. 7 Clemson topples Tar Heels

CLEMSON, S.C. — After playing a close first half against the No. 7 team in the nation, North Carolina couldn’t keep up with a 35-point third quarter by Clemson and lost 59-38 on the road. The Tar Heels (5-3, 1-3 ACC) were down by just a score, 24-17, at halftime.

UNC lost to Miami 30-24 on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011.

First quarter rut plagues Tar Heels

Prior to North Carolina’s game against Miami, the Tar Heels had never been down in the first quarter this season. But after just six minutes of play on Saturday, UNC already trailed the Hurricanes 14-0.

UNC trails Miami 27-10 at half

North Carolina entered Saturday’s contest against Miami with a 42-3 advantage in the first quarter. Miami bucked that trend, taking a 17-0 lead following the first.

	Coach Everett Withers speaks to cornerback Charles Brown during the Tar Heel’s game against the University of Virginia.

Unranked Tar Heels want ‘respect’

Jabari Price wants respect. North Carolina’s cornerback doesn’t necessarily want veneration from fans or other teams, but he does want it from the 65 college football sportswriters and broadcasters across the nation whose votes make up the Associated Press top 25 poll.

UNC tailback Giovani Bernard runs through the Louisville defense.

North Carolina football defense steps up against Louisville

That lack of knowledge in preparation was obvious as North Carolina struggled to slow down the Cardinals in the first half. Watson orchestrated the Louisville offense on their way to 13 first downs in the first half and kept the Tar Heel defense on the field for 22 of the first 30 minutes.

UNC defeated Louisville 14-7 on Saturday.

UNC beats Louisville 14-7

After a scoreless, largely uneventful first half, North Carolina managed to push across touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters to seal a 14-7 shutout win against Louisville

Tar Heels and Louisville tied at halftime

Louisville kicker Chris Philpott has missed a pair of field goals, other than that no one was come close to scoring in the first half of UNC’s match up with Louisville. Louisville has controlled possession in the game so far racking up more than 20 minutes of possession.