Mack Brown’s North Carolina Tar Heels are lucky to get out of Atlanta with a win over Georgia State on Saturday. Despite completing the comeback and moving to 3-0 on the year, the Tar Heels blew a 21-3 lead and found themselves down in the second half.
And it was the same things that have plagued them through the first two games — defense.
After giving up 61 points to Appalachian State last week, the Tar Heels vowed to get better this week. Now, they did make some key plays in the fourth quarter including giving up zero points. So I have to give them credit for that.
However, the defense did struggle for most of the game, leaving some questions that still need to be answered in the coming weeks. The good news is that they have a bye week before hosting Notre Dame in two weeks, so they have time to clean it up.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the defense and how they played today.
A lot of time left, but no matter the outcome, this is a bad performance by #UNC. Not prepared and a very bad 3rd quarter. No adjustments.
Let's see what Drake Maye can do playing from behind. And if they defense can get stop.
— Ross Martin (@RossMartin_IC) September 10, 2022
#UNC defense about to give up a 98-yard drive to *checks notes* Georgia State. So much for “getting it fixed”.
— Joey Powell (@Joey_Powell) September 10, 2022
Yo…it’s no way the defense is this damn bad! Make an adjustment Damn #UNC.
— Walk (@BWalk28) September 10, 2022
Through 2.75 games, this #UNC defense is as bad as any early Fedora defense. Yeah, even that one.
And there’s zero excuse for it given the personnel on that roster. None.
— Jason Staples (@DocStaples) September 10, 2022
This might be the worst UNC secondary in memory.
— Sherrell D. McMillan (@RellDMC) September 10, 2022
Sheesh, the #UNC defense is doing yeoman's work today
— Michael Koh (@michaelkohwchl) September 10, 2022
Well. I see our defense worked on nothing in practice this week… #UNC
— Jordan Falls (@JordanFalls) September 10, 2022
— Lee Allen (@cleeallenjr) September 10, 2022