1980 North Carolina Tar Heels football team

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1980 North Carolina Tar Heels football
University of North Carolina Tarheels Interlocking NC logo.svg
ACC Champions
Bluebonnet Bowl Champions
Bluebonnet Bowl, W 16-7 vs. Texas
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #9
AP #10
1980 record 11-1-0 (6-0-0 ACC)
Head coach Dick Crum (3rd year)
Seasons
« 1979 1981 »
1980 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#10 North Carolina 6 0 0     11 1 0
Maryland 5 1 0     8 4 0
NC State 3 3 0     6 5 0
Clemson 2 4 0     6 5 0
Wake Forest 2 4 0     5 6 0
Virginia 2 4 0     4 7 0
Duke 1 5 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1980 North Carolina Tar Heels football team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the 1980 NCAA Division I-A college football season.

Regular season[edit]

Lawrence Taylor had 16 sacks in his final year for the Tar Heels,[1] and set numerous defensive records. His awards included All-America and Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year honors in 1980.

Schedule[edit]

The Tar Heels finished the regular season with an 11-1-0 record.

Game Date Opponent Result Tar Heels points Opponents Record
1 Sept. 6 Furman Win 35 13 1-0
2 Sept 13 @ Texas Tech Win 9 3 2-0
3 Sept. 27 Maryland Win 17 3 3-0
4 Oct. 4 Georgia Tech Win 33 0 4-0
5 Oct 11 @ Wake Forest Win 27 9 5-0
6 Oct 18 North Carolina State Win 28 8 6-0
7 Oct 25 East Carolina Win 31 3 7-0
8 Nov 1 @ Oklahoma Loss 7 41 7-1
9 Nov 8 @ Clemson Win 24 19 8-1
10 Nov 15 Virginia Win 26 3 9-1
11 Nov 22 Duke Win 44 21 10-1
12 Texas Win 16 7 11-1

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1980 Team Players in the NFL[edit]

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Lawrence Taylor Linebacker 1 2 New York Giants
Donnell Thompson Defensive Tackle 1 18 Baltimore Colts
Rick Donnalley Center 3 73 Pittsburgh Steelers
Amos Lawrence Running Back 4 103 San Diego Chargers
Ron Wooten Guard 6 157 New England Patriots
Harry Standback Defensive Tackle 6 164 Atlanta Falcons

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Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]