Saturday, October 16, 2010

Random thoughts about Carolina's win at Virginia

North Carolina 44, Virginia 10. It was certainly a good way to break the curse at Virginia.

Dwight Jones was a big story on offense as he caught seven passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns, including an 81-yard reception run on the first play from scrimmage. It should have been three touchdowns for Jones but officials inexplicably reversed a call to say that Jones was down at the half-yard line. Replays were inconclusive at best but he held the ball out as he was going down yet the officials moved the ball back to where his knee touched instead of where the ball was.

One other pet peeve about officiating that I have is that they let offensive linemen push the rusher forward for additional yardage. Once it even went for a first down in this game and it should have been a penalty on the offense.

Maybe after this win, the Tar Heels won't be relegated to ESPN3 on the computer instead of "real" TV the rest of the way. Don't know about you, but I get a choppy picture on the computer. Also, the color commentators on ESPN3 seem to be practicing for the big time. Drew Henson was the sidekick for this game. He pronounced tight end's Zack Pianalto's name as Penny Alto. The former Michigan QB has some insight but he's gotta work on the monotone voice - and pronunciations.

Bad news for Carolina and Pianalto, who has been having a big year. It appears he has some sort of fracture in his leg and could be lost for the season. He's certainly out against Miami next week. That's a big game with the winner still in the hunt for the Coastal Division - in fact with destiny in their own hands. Of course it would necessitate a victory over Virginia Tech.

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