A Closer Look At UNC Football History

I have taken a closer look at UNC's football history and I would like to share with you some facts and observations I have made.

Part 1

Neutral Sites Where UNC Has Played

Location Opponent

Asheville

Sewanee

Atlanta, Ga.

Numerous

Baltimore, Md.

U of Md.

Charlotte

Numerous

Columbia, S.C.

Clemson

Cowan, Tenn.

Sewanee

Dallas, Texas

Rice

Danville, Va.

Va. Tech

Durham

Numerous

El Paso, Texas

Miss. St., Texas Tech

Gainesville, Ga,

Riverside Academy

Goldsboro

Wake Forest-1922

Greenville, S.C.

Clemson

Greensboro

Ky., Richmond

Honolulu, Hw.

Arizona

Houston, Texas

Texas

Jacksonville, Fla.

Numerous

Las Vegas, Nevada

San Diego State

Lynchburg, Va.           

Wash. and Lee

Macon, Georgia           

Georgia

Memphis, Tenn.

Nebraska

Miami, Florida

Arkansas

New Orleans, La.

Ga., Oklahoma

Newport News, Va.

Wash. and Lee

Norfolk, Va.

Numerous

New York City, Polo Grounds   

Fordham, Lehigh

New York City, Yankee Stadium

NYU, Notre Dame

Raleigh

Numerous

Richmond, Va.

Numerous

Roanoke, Va.

Va. Tech., VMI

Wilmington, N.C.

Davidson

Winston Salem, N.C.

Va. Tech., Davidson

Keep in mind these are neutral sites. Games might have been played in the same location but both not be classified as  neutral sites.  For example, UNC has played Tulane in New Orleans as a home game for Tulane and also in the Sugar Bowl. Only the Sugar Bowl would be listed as a neutral site  even though the field on which they played was the same. Only neutral sites are listed.

Part 2

Best UNC Football Season Records

It would be pointless to try and list the best football teams in Carolina history. Too many variables are involved. About the best we can do is to list the Carolina teams with the best records. Carolina has had one undefeated season since we fielded our first team in 1888. That season was 1898 when the Heels went 9-0 and scored 201 points to 8 for the opposition. 17 UNC teams have completed the season with only one loss. They are:

Year                     Loss    Score

1892.....................UVA 18-30

1895.....................UVA 0-6

1900.....................UVA 0-17

1902.....................G'town 5-12

1911.....................UVA 0-28

1914.....................UVA 3-20

1922.....................Yale 0-18

1925.....................W.F. 0-6

1929.....................Georgia 12-19

1934.....................Tenn. 7-19

1935.....................Duke 0-25

1937.....................Fordham 0-14

1939.....................Duke 3-13

1948.....................Okla. 6-14

1972.....................Ohio St. 14-29

1980.....................Okla. 7-41

1997.....................Fla. St. 3-20

Obviously, this list does not include some outstanding teams. Most notable is probably the 1946 and 1947 teams which went 8-2-1 and 8-2 respectively. Arguably, other teams should be included on any list of outstanding teams, and it should be taken into account that in recent years, more games are played in a season than in the early years.

Next time. Some observations on and oddities from the past.

Part 3

Highlights and Oddities

* UNC football has had four "golden" periods and one "black" period.
The golden periods are as follows:

1897-1904
1897............. 7-3
1898..............9-0 (only perfect season )
1899..............7-3-1
1900..............4-1-3
1901..............7-2
1902..............5-1-3
1903..............6-3
1904..............5-2-2
50-15-9    -     During this eight season period, UNC won 67% of the total games played.

1934-1940
1934.............7-1-1
1935.............8-1
1936.............8-2
1937.............7-1-1
1938.............6-2-1
1939.............8-1-1
1940.............6-4
50-12-4    -    During this seven season period, UNC won 75% of the total games played.

1946-1949
1946............8-2-1
1947............8-2
1948............9-1-1
1949........... 7-4
32-9-2    -    During this four season period, UNC won 74% of the total games played.

1979-1982
1979............8-3-1
1980............11-1
1981............10-2
1982..............8-4
37-10-1    -    During this four season period, UNC won 77% of the total games played.

1990-1997
1990.............6-4-1
1991.............7-4
1992.............9-3
1993............10-3
1994.............8-4
1995.............7-5
1996............10-2
1997............11-1
68-26-1    -    During this eight season period, UNC won 71% of the total games played.

Please note that the standards for a "golden" period were set by me and there are some flaws in my methodology. Also, note the larger number of ties in the early years which impacts the percentage of wins.

The "black" period is from 1960-1969. With the exception of 1963, 1957 and 1958, UNC did not have a winning season for 20 years.

1950-1969
1950..............3-5-2
1951..............2-8
1952..............2-6
1953..............4-6
1954..............4-5-1
1955..............3-7
1956..............2-7-1
1957..............6-4
1958..............6-4
1959..............5-5
1960..............3-7
1961..............5-5
1962..............3-7
1963..............9-2
1964..............5-5
1965..............4-6
1966..............2-8
1967..............2-8
1968..............3-7
1969..............5-5
78-117-4    -    During this twenty season period, UNC won 39% of the total games played.

* Early season games with N.C. State and Georgia were cancelled in 1952 due to an outbreak of polio on the UNC campus. Ironically, N.C. State played Georgia on the date UNC was scheduled to play in Athens, but that's another story.

*UNC had one winning season from 1959-1970, 11 seasons.

* UNC won four straight bowl games from 1979-1982. They defeated Michigan, Texas, Arkansas, and Texas again in that streak.

* UNC went to seven consecutive bowl games in the period 1992-1998. Record was 5-2 with wins coming over Miss. State, Arkansas, West Virginia, Va. Tech. and San Diego State. Losses were to Alabama and Texas.

*UNC has never defeated Florida State in football. The two teams tied in 1986 10-10 and the closest UNC has come in losing to the Seminoles was 0-13 in 1996.

*In 1904, UNC played 4 games in the state of Virginia and 4 in North
Carolina.

*In 1909, UNC played 2 games in North Carolina and 3 in Virginia.

* Ironically, during the "black" period UNC defeated three traditionally strong Big Ten teams in consecutive seasons.

1964 Michigan State, 1965 Ohio State, 1966 Michigan

* UNC is undefeated against two other Big Ten teams Illinois (2-0) and Indiana ( 2-0).

* UNC and Trinity (Duke) did not play from 1894-1923.

*UNC's record against Notre Dame is 1-15, the lone win coming in 1960. UNC was 3-7 that year.

*In the first 10 games with N.C. State beginning in 1894, State scored in only one of them. The two teams tied 11-11 in 1899.

* UNC has defeated both Duke and Wake Forest by scores of 50-0. Duke in 1959 and Wake in 1994.

* 1935 UNC team was undefeated going into the Duke game, the next to the last game of the season and were headed to the Rose Bowl. Duke won 25-0 and that took care of the Rose Bowl. Two weeks later, UNC rebounded by defeating Virginia 61-0 in Kenan.

* 1909 game with UVA was cancelled due to the death of a UVA player.

*UNC did not field a football team in 1917 and 1918 due to World War 1.

* UNC has Co-Head Coaches from 1921-1925. They were Bob and Bill Fetzer.

* The city in which UNC has played the most games as a neutral site is easily Richmond, Va. UNC has played in Richmond 31 times and this does not include 2 games against the University of Richmond both which UNC lost. Last neutral site game in Richmond was in 1947 against William and Mary. No other city comes close to the number of games played in Richmond.

* UNC had 6 straight losing seasons before Jim Tatum returned to Chapel Hill in 1956. In Tatum's first season, the team's record was 2-7-1. The next two seasons, the teams' records were 6-4 and 6-4.

* Charlie Justice had two kicks blocked in his first game against Virginia Tech in 1946, and both blocks were converted into Tech. touchdowns resulting in a 14-14 tie. Both kicks were blocked by the same player, John Maskas, who had previously played at Carolina under the Navy V-12 program. Justice did not have a kick blocked for the remainder of his 4 year career at Carolina.

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