Could it be that he was trying to make something happen on those plays even though it was not there.

It sometimes is hard to pick up the pieces after that kind of close loss so early in the season.

Leading the way for the Tar Heels is senior quarterback Marquise Williams. No, Mitch Trubisky should not start on Saturday against NC A&T. “They need to see me positive all the time”. The idea would be to look at the positives and the schedule and move forward from there.

This season’s game is only the third neutral site meeting between the schools, and the first since a 32-14 UNC win in Norfolk, Va. In 1955.

The Gamecocks are counting on a number of unproven players – especially on offense – as they try to bounce back from a disappointing 2014 season.

That score would not last long, as the run game was reignited for the Gamecocks. Indeed his level of success begged the question of why the Tar Heels did not try to run the ball more, particularly on first downs that resulted in overthrows of short routes. However, this defense just played better. But on first-and-goal from the 9, Hood was on the bench and the ball went to backup running back T.J. Logan for zero yards. The most surprising thing perhaps was the help he got from the defense.

The defense will look entirely different from a schematic standpoint with Chizik at the helm.

Unlike a year ago, the Gamecock defense came up big when it mattered most. But there will no huge breakdowns in communication, a thorny problem during the Koenning era.

This one is pretty simple.

On a hot opening night for college football at Bank of America Stadium, North Carolina and South Carolina played exactly the sort of game you wanted to see if you didn’t much care who won. Considering how things went previous year, this is a great development.

Penalties, dropped passes questionable decision making were all on display in the border war, with UNC quarterback Marquise Williams becoming the story for all the wrong reasons with three turnovers in scoring opportunities.

“I want guys that are playing 110 percent”. It will be the season opener for both teams. Well, until they got inside the red zone that is.

“That’s all, as coaches, that we can do, and hopefully we’ve got them trained up and ready to play, but I have the same feelings as always”.

Carson led USC with 75 rushing yards despite carrying the ball just four times.

The plays were very similar too.

Naz Jones, a sophomore, was Carolina’s best lineman and had six tackles on the night. People forget that Carolina is still a young football team, and there will be growing pains. “They didn’t stop us, we stopped ourselves”.

UNC’s offense continued to be solid in sports but not full taking advantage of productive drives. Carolina should be able to be 3-1 heading into a big week five matchup against Georgia Tech. South Carolina obliged with mistakes of its own and another Williams red zone interception led to a scoreless third quarter.

After 233 days of cruel deprivation, a brand-new college football season stretches before us.