The North Carolina Tar Heels closed out their 2021 regular season with a collapse against the NC State Wolfpack on Friday night that closed out an extremely disappointing season overall. Tar Heel kicker Grayson Atkins nailed a 50-yard field goal with 2:12 remaining to take a 30-21 and seemingly put the game away, but the Tar Heels would allow the Wolfpack to score twice within the final two minutes to complete one of the worst collapses in college football history.
Roddy Jones, who was on the call of the game for ESPN, told the Mac Attack earlier this morning that the Tar Heels collapse was more in part due to the lack of execution than the lack of coaching.
“The coverage that Jay Bateman ran on the play that Emeka Emezie scored on was the same coverage they ran on the play before. It’s smart to keep somebody underneath and somebody, you would guess by design, over the top of Emezie. That’s a good coverage in that situation; it’s a version of Cover 3. Tony Grimes stays low, you get a safety over the top. You kinda take away Emeka Emezie. Unless you don’t actually take him away with the execution.”
-Roddy Jones, ESPN on the Mac Attack
The win dropped the Tar Heels to 6-6 (3-5) on the season and closes out a winless season on the road. The team will be heading to a bowl game sometime during the month of December and should find out where they will be headed this Sunday.