Some self-inflicted problems stood between a great chance for the East Carolina football team on Saturday at North Carolina and another comfortable Tar Heel win at Kenan Stadium.
The visiting Pirates, who haven’t won in Chapel Hill since 1975, had arguably one of their best opportunities for a win in what quickly transformed from a four-point game at halftime into a 24-6 UNC blowout in the third quarter and ultimately a 27-6 UNC victory.
Penalties, a turnover and some big UNC plays were the cause of some of the Pirates’ woes, but their own inability to find the end zone — even from inside the 5-yard line — loomed even larger in the wake of the loss.
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