North Carolina Tar Heels (1-1 ATS) will host the Minnesota Golden Gophers (0-2 ATS) as the third week of collegiate play begins this Saturday in Chapel Hill. North Carolina just secured an exciting win against Appalachian State, while Minnesota beat Eastern Michigan. Kickoff for this matchup is scheduled for 3:30 PM Eastern.
Drake Maye may not have scored any passing touchdowns last Saturday, but he collected six rushing scores en route to 57 rushing yards and completed 70% of his passes for 208 yards in total – all things considered, it was an outstanding game by Maye. His average per completion slightly decreased from week one, and he was finally hit in the backfield and sacked twice. North Carolina moved the chains on 61% of their 3rd down attempts – in line with their season average – which put them among the top ten for 3rd down conversion rate. Three receivers managed at least four catches, with Kobe Paysour accounting for one. Paysour had nearly twice as many catches than anyone else on his target list and was responsible for an impressive 29-yard catch from Maye himself!
Omarion Hampton led North Carolina’s running game with 234 yards on 26 carries and three touchdowns – including an explosive 68-yard run that put North Carolina on the board for the first time! This performance far surpassed his first-week performance, where he only managed 37 yards on 16 totes; nonetheless, one thing remains true – Hampton has found five TDs so far!
Minnesota held Eastern Michigan to two field goals and as many first downs (9) as points as they relied heavily on their defense at home. Darius Taylor led Minnesota’s ground attack , carrying 33 times for 193 yards. At the same time, quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis only attempted 15 passes, throwing one interception – while their defense recorded four sacks and an interception!
Minnesota struggled to get their offense underway at home against Eastern Michigan but eventually found success despite going 15 minutes scoreless in the opening quarter. They still converted on 61% of 3rd downs though QB Kaliakmanis wasn’t particularly impressive as he only attempted 15 passes with an average completion rate of 66% and 11.7 yards per completion, with his favorite option being Corey Crooms Jr, who caught three passes for 45 yards; in this contest, both wide outs had receptions over 20 yards each!
Minnesota’s defense will keep them in the game for awhile, but the Tar Hell offense will pull away in the second half.
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