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“I thought, `All right, we might get a shot,” Shoop said. “I started mulling over what we might do. We have a list of plays specifically for end-of-the-game, no-timeout situations. They all are passes thrown to the sideline, stop the clock immediately.” “Tennessee ran two plays in 12 seconds,” added tight ends coach Al- len Mogridge, who was alongside Shoop in the coaches’ box. “That was huge. We managed our time outs and our defense stoned them good.” Barth had remained focused, limber and warm on a cold night throughout the climatic stretch, knowing that the three-point deficit could be wiped away with a lethal stroke of the leg that had nailed 17-of-20 field goals in 2010. He and holder Trase Jones rehearsed their kicking operation within the confines of the kicking net to the side of the bench area. “I thought we were done, but Coach told me to keep kicking, that I was going to get my shot,” Barth said. Sure enough, Carolina forced a punt and took the ball at its 20 yardline. The Tar Heels had 31 seconds and needed to go at least 45 yards, a few more certainly all the better. Yates fired to the right boundary, Todd Harrelson made a nifty catch 28 yards downfield and was hammered head-to-head by Tennessee’s Janzen Jackson, resulting in another 15 yards on a personal foul penalty. Now Caro- lina’s at the Tennessee 37. “Todd came up with an amazing catch,” Yates said. “It’s one of those things, you have to throw it up to a spot and hope he’s going to be there. He went up and made an amazing catch. We got lucky with the penalty.” Harrelson made his catch just in front of the Tar Heel sideline, not far from where Barth and Jones were watching. As soon as they saw where the Heels would now have the ball, Barth’s eyes seem- ingly doubled in size and they rushed back to the net for several more practice kicks. Carolina tacked on 12 yards on a pass to Jones, Yates spiked the ball and reset the offense for second down from the Tennessee 25. Sixteen seconds remained. A field goal from that spot would have been 42 yards in length for Barth against a slight breeze. What ensued was a bizarre series of events that will be recounted with wonder, amazement and disbelief whenever Tar Heel fans ruminate about eight points in 17 seconds, Marvin Williams’ stick- back against Duke and the great goal-line stands against N.C. State in 1999 (the Errol Hood-David Bomar tackle) and 2004 (the T.A. McLendon fumble). Shoop called for a run against what he anticipated would be a form of prevent defense designed to not allow any damage through the air. The run held better odds at a meaningful gain in that situation and there was less chance of a worst-case scenario--a holding call or sack that would take you out of field goal range, and of course an interception. That play would be followed with a quick spike of the ball to stop the clock. There should be one to four seconds left on the clock, all you need to run the field-goal operation. “Every step is rehearsed,” Shoop said. “We do two-minute drills every week. Everyone knew exactly what we were doing. And we’ve got the right guy running the show out there. T.J. had been unbeliev- able all night and all year.” Draughn gained seven yards as planned. Then with the clock running down and the offense scurrying to line up to run the spike play, some- one on the bench apparently yelled “Lightning,” the signal for Barth, Jones and snapper Trevor Stuart to take the field post haste. Yates had the wherewithal to still get the spike play off amidst the confusion, but the clock ran to 00:00. “I’ll take responsibility for the sidelines,” Davis said. “The offense executed, they did exactly what they’re told to do. We didn’t com- municate to the rest of the guys. ... That’s totally on me.” Game over. The wire service guys hit SEND. Davis and UT coach Derek Dooley shake hands near midfield. Then it happens. “Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you haven’t,” Dooley said. “I had a sick feeling when the clock hit zero, and I didn’t celebrate.” “They’ll be replaying that on ESPN Classic for a hundred years,” Davis offered. Carolina Tennessee 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT1 OT2 7 7 10 7 0 0 3 6 7 7 Total 3 - 30 0 - 27 NC - Draughn 58 yd run (Barth kick) (10:58, 1st) UT - Jones 29 pass from Bray (Lincoln kick) (2:10, 1st) NC - Barth 28 yd field goal (10:24, 2nd) UT - Rogers 45 yd pass from Bray (Lincoln kick) (1:30, 2nd) NC - Highsmith 39 yd pass from Yates (Barth kick) (0:27, 2nd) UT - Hunter 8 yd pass from Bray (kick blocked) (5:16, 4th) NC - Barth 39 yd field goal (0:00, 4th) NC - Yates 1 yd run (Barth kick) (OT1) UT - Socker 20 yd pass from Bray (Lincoln kick) (OT1) NC - Barth 23 yd field goal (OT2) First Downs Rushes-Yards Passing Yards Comp-Att-Int Plays-Total Yards (Avg) Punts (Avg) Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Time of Possession Individual Rushing Leaders Carolina - Draughn 23-160; Harreslon, 1-12, Boyd 1-7 UT - Poole 11-40; Neal 9-28 Individual Passing Leaders (Comp-Att-Yds-TD-Int) Carolina - Yates 23-39-234-1-1 UT - Bray 27-45-312-4-3 Individual Receiving Leaders Carolina - Taylor 9-85, Jones 5-51, Draughn 3-6, Wilson 2-17, Adams 1-8, Highsmith 1-39, Harrelson 1-28 UT - Jones 9-89, Stocker 5-58, Moore 4-69, Poole 4-16, Rogers, D. 1-45, Rivera 1-15, Hunter 1-8, Neal 1-7, Rogers, Z. 1-5 104 • MVP Shaun Draughn ran for 160 yards and a touchdown in Carolina’s 2010 Music City Bowl win. UNC 21 29-151 234 23-40-1 69-385 (5.6) 7-40.9 1-1 12-80 28:11 UT 20 29-27 312 27-45-3 74-339 (4.6) 8-43.5 3-0 8-75 31:49

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