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ATLANTA | North Carolina 16, Auburn 10




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Tar Heels Just Peachy
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North Carolina's Willie Parker runs for a TD in the Peach Bowl.
 
A little bit of defense and a little bit of Ronald Curry was just what North Carolina needed to knock off Auburn 16-10 in the Peach Bowl. The Tar Heels' tanacious defense flustered the Tigers all night and Curry earned the game's offensive MVP to cap a impressive eight-win season for first-year coach John Bunting.

 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICAL LEADERS
  NORTH CAROLINA YDS AUBURN YDS
Passing Darian Durant 1843 Daniel Cobb 1165
Rushing Andre' Williams 525 Carnell Williams 614
Receiving Sam Aiken 789 Tim Carter 570

TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISON
 
Total Offense
   337.5  
   328.9  

Passing Yards
  220.9  
   190.2  

Passing completion %
   56.5  
   58.7  

Completions
   205  
   178  

Attempts
   363  
   303  
Scoring Offense
   25.9  
   21.2  

Scoring Defense
   20.8  
   23.4  

Rushing Yards
   116.5  
   138.8  

Rushing attempts
   480  
   437  

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"All Hail John Bunting -- the best coach on the North Carolina campus since Dean Smith."
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Final
North Carolina16
Auburn10
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WITH ROD GILMORE   

The player who made the biggest difference in the Tar Heels' victory was Ryan Sims. Everybody talks about Julius Peppers, who got a lot of attention along the defensive line. But Sims had three of North Carolina's six sacks. The Tar Heels' defense dominated, and Sims showed why he like Peppers is likely to be a first-round pick in the NFL draft. He controlled the line of scrimmage. Auburn is a team that had struggled in the last few weeks of the regular season. The Tigers' offense lacked explosion, and North Carolina was able to capitalize.

IT WAS OVER WHEN
After Auburn pulled to within six points, North Carolina's Richard Moore recovered an onside kick with just under a minute left to play to seal the victory.
GAME BALL GOES TO
North Carolina coach John Bunting. He turned a QB controvery into an efficient two-QB system, turned the defense into a hard-nosed bunch, overcame an 0-3 start and turned the Tar Heels into an eight-win team. That's worthy of a game ball in our book.


NORTH CAROLINA CLUBHOUSE

QB Ronald Curry closed his Tar Heels' football career in grand style on Dec. 31, winning offensive MVP honors in a triumph over Auburn in the Peach Bowl.

AUBURN CLUBHOUSE

Without injured freshman RB Carnell Williams in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, the Tigers' offense was fruitless in a 16-10 loss to North Carolina on Dec. 31.



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NORTH CAROLINA
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Peach Bowl something to build on for UNC (1/2)
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AUBURN
Peach Bowl Preview (12/31)
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T. Barnhart / Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Peach opponents mirror each other (12/31)
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