According to Tar Heels head coach Mack Brown, UNC football's not to blame for the 35-25 loss on Saturday; rather, the media deserves to get the finger pointed at them for setting high hopes on the Heels' season.
Brown spoke with the media following the loss and gave an asinine excuse as to why the focus of the day's loss should not be placed on sub-par coaching, or even poor player development by the coach.
"My expectation is to win every game, so three times we've met it and three times we haven't," shared Brown, acknowledging his infamous string of losses (0-8) against his alma mater. "The national media's expectation, the expectation for us to be a top-10 team, were wrong. So I guess we should all be critical of the media for picking us that high."
Despite UNC never being in play for the win — down 18 points by the fourth — quarterback Sam Howell had a decent outing for UNC: throwing for 203 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and running for 108 rushing yards. Wideout Josh Downs also carried a solid performance by nabbing nine catches for 121 yards in the losing effort.
FSU's Jordan Travis was impressively efficient: completing 11-of-13 passes, throwing for 145 yards and three touchdowns.
The Tar Heels' loss puts the team at 3-3 overall, with a 2-3 conference record. The Noles move up to 2-4 (1-1) entering their bye week.
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