Saturday's 35-28 loss at Georgia Tech marked some mixed emotions for North Carolina defensive back Tre Boston: the thrill of (small) victories, and the agony of getting beat.
Boston recovered a fumble the second quarter. "He just pitched it," he said of Tech quarterback Tevin Washington, "and the pitch-man wasn't looking for it."
He also snagged an interception before halftime: "I just baited him," he explained of the receiver he was covering, "and jumped the route."
Although those two plays temporarily thwarted the Jackets - especially the fumble recovery in Tech's red zone - Boston was one of several defensive backs who struggled to cover Yellow Jackets receiver Stephen Hill.
Hill finished with six catches, a touchdown and 151 yards - marking his third 100-yard plus game of the season.
"No one expects them to throw the ball as much as they do," Boston said, referring to Tech's option offense, which is run-heavy. "He's a good athlete, it's just that their offense that they run is made for him to be wide open, pretty much."
BERNARD SHINES, AGAIN: After last week's victory, UNC coach Everett Withers approached tailback Gio Bernard and asked him if he was prepared for a lot of touches at Georgia Tech.
The freshman obviously was - recording 16 carries for a career-high 142 yards. One of his two touchdowns was a 55-yard run that tied the game, 28-28. He also caught five passes for 47 yards.
"I was excited, and hopefully I produced well enough during this game," Bernard said. "But I personally didn't think I produced enough to win the game. And as a football player, if you don't win, I think, those stats are just 'other stuff' - I just want to win a game."