Due to family obbligations I could not do either the preview or the recap of what could have been the most important game of UNC Football this season… N.C. State versus North Carolina at Kenan Stadium. While I am not too sure where I was as the game began, or who I was talking to as the halftime arrived and then the second half began. But let me say this, I will never forget what I was doing as the Wolfpack punted to Giovani Bernard with half a minute to go in the game. Ater having to read so many times, by so many sources, that the Tar Heels lost last week by “The Throw”, it is nice that a week later head coach Larry Fedora and his squad can say that they broke the five game/year skid versus their arch rivals with… “The Return”.
When watching the video the first call is by the ACC Network, followed by Jones Angell (@JonesAngell on twitter) of the Tar Heel Network. And like the old saying goes, a painting says a thousand words, a YouTube video says so much more. However the one word that this video says for UNC Football and its fan base is… YES!
The 74 yards return for Bernard, who also had 135 yards (total on the year: 930) and a pair of touchdowns on 23 carries a well as 95 yards on eight catches, was what Hollywood sports movies are made of. It stopped a five year skid to its top rival, it gave the Carolina program, who had taken a huge hit the previous week by losing to Duke, a new life with three games to go, it closed the come back for the Heels, that were trailing 35 to 25 entering the fourth quarter. In a season where the post season does not exist, winning this game, this way, might not fully make up for it, but it goes a long way to help relieve the pain.
So North Carolina fans… enjoy yourself watching this great tailback in the last three games of this season, cause in my opinion it will be the last three chances you will have seeing Bernard as a Tar Heel. While next year you will see him playing on Sunday (or Monday or Thursday) what he has done while in Chapel Hill is laid down the ground work that proves this program can have a 1,000 yad rusher on a constant basis.
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