It was obvious from the start, Clemson’s QB was under pressure and their normal level of cohesion was unbalanced. Unlike the defending champions natural behavior, they had multiple false start penalties along with a fumble against an unranked team.
Clemson is a team now 5-0, who had their biggest defeat over an unranked Charlotte team when they won by 42 points. And even in their lowest scoring point differential game, they took the W against #12 Texas A&M, winning by 14 points.
Yet in week 5, the Tigers has difficulty keeping a wide range of points over the Tar Heels. Trevor Lawrence was 18-30 on passes, with 206 yards and 1 TD.
In the 3rd quarter, both teams’ level of maturity was put in question with turnover after turnover on both sides of the ball. North Carolina’s QB Sam Howel was 15-27 on passes, with 144 yards and 2 TD’s.
Although it was not necessarily UNC’s offense that stood superb over Clemson, the combination of an aggressive defense and Clemson’s own negative offensive synchronization was the cause of a very tight game.
With just over 1 minute left in the 4th quarter, UNC would go for a 2-point conversion to win the game, as opposed to going for a field goal to tie it up at 21 a piece. The attempt was a failure and Clemson would sneak away with a win (21-20).
#1 Clemson (5-0) will take on Florida State at home in week 6. Unranked North Carolina (2-3) will travel to Georgia Tech (1-3), who suffered a 52-14 loss at Clemson in week 1.