Saturday, September 10, 2011
Final: UNC 24, Rutgers 22
By Andrea Adelson
Rutgers had plenty of chances to beat North Carolina, but in the end the Scarlet Knights could not take advantage of five Tar Heel turnovers and lost 24-22.
The offense could never get the run game going and was plagued by shaky offensive line play and several big drops from receivers. Still, they had a shot to at least get into field goal range late in the fourth quarter. Facing fourth-and-7 from its own 42, Chas Dodd threw incomplete.
That essentially summed up the day. Rutgers could not make the big plays happen when it needed them. Dodd went 25-of-47 for 243 yards and two touchdowns but was hit and knocked down more times than he probably cares to remember. The ground game was nonexistent -- Rutgers finished with 1 yard rushing on 25 carries because of the scrambles and sacks on Dodd.
Mohamed Sanu finished with 13 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown, but he should have had a score in the second quarter when a ball slipped out of his hands. That drive ended with no points after Rutgers failed to score on four attempts inside the 2. Mark Harrison also had two critical drops.
David Rowe had a big game, having a hand in three of the five turnovers. But in the end, they weren't enough. North Carolina ended with 405 yards of offense.