UNC football named a Week 1 winner

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Not only did North Carolina move to 2-0 on the season following the 63-61 win over Appalachian State on Saturday, they were also named one of the winners of the week.

USA TODAY’s Paul Myerberg released his winners and losers from week 1 as the weekend is wrapping up. Among the winners were big names like Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and USC. But going further down the list, you will also see the Tar Heels who came away with the thrilling win on the road.

Here is what Myerberg said about UNC following the big win over the Mountaineers on the road from Saturday:

UNC scored 34 straight points in the second and third quarters to take a 41-21 lead on Appalachian State, and then things went crazy. The two teams combined for 62 points in the fourth, one off the FBS record of 63 points in one quarter, with the Tar Heels only surviving after stopping the Mountaineers’ two-point attempt with nine seconds left to win 63-61. There’s plenty to worry about over the state of the Tar Heels’ defense but reason for optimism at quarterback: Drake Maye went for 352 yards and five total scores, giving Sam Howell’s replacement nine touchdowns without an interception through two weeks.

Myerberg does point out some good including the play of Drake Maye as he’s off to a fantastic start in his first two games. But there’s also the bad.

That bad is solely on the defense which allowed App State to move the ball up and down the field with ease in the first and fourth quarters. That’s cause for concern, especially as the season goes on. But for now, UNC is considered a winner from the week and that’s all we can ask for.

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