1979 North Carolina Tar Heels football team

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1979 North Carolina Tar Heels football
North Carolina Tar Heels logo.svg
Gator Bowl champion
Gator Bowl, W 17–15 vs. Michigan
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 14
AP No. 15
1979 record 8–3–1 (3–3 ACC)
Head coach Dick Crum (2nd season)
Home stadium Kenan Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 50,000)
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
NC State $ 5 1 0     7 4 0
Clemson 4 2 0     8 4 0
Maryland 4 2 0     7 4 0
Wake Forest 3 2 0     8 4 0
No. 15 North Carolina 3 3 0     8 3 1
Virginia 1 4 0     6 5 0
Duke 0 6 0     2 8 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 North Carolina Tar Heels football team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 8 1:00 PM South Carolina* Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC Raycom W 28–0   49,500
September 22 1:00 PM No. 13 Pittsburgh* Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC Raycom W 17–7   50,550
September 29 2:00 PM at Army* No. 20 Michie StadiumWest Point, NY Raycom W 41–3   32,157
October 6 1:00 PM Cincinnati* No. 18 Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC Raycom W 35–14   49,000
October 13 1:00 PM Wake Forest No. 14 Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC (Rivalry) ABC L 19–24   50,720
October 20 4:00 PM at No. 15 NC State No. 19 Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC (Rivalry) ABC W 35–21   54,200
October 27 1:00 PM East Carolina* No. 15 Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC Raycom T 24–24   49,700
November 3 1:30 PM at Maryland No. 18 Byrd StadiumCollege Park, MD Raycom L 14–17   35,618
November 10 1:00 PM No. 18 Clemson Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC Raycom L 10–19   50,100
November 17 1:30 PM at Virginia No. Raycom Scott StadiumCharlottesville, VA (Rivalry) Raycom W 13–7   31,472
November 24 1:30 PM at Duke Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC (Rivalry) Raycom W 37–16   39,800
December 28 9:00 PM vs. No. 14 Michigan* Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) ABC W 17–15   70,407
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Roster[edit]

1979 North Carolina Tar Heels football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
C 51 Rick Donnalley Jr
QB 12 Matt Kupec Sr
RB 20 Amos Lawrence Jr
RB 25 Doug Paschal Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 57 Buddy Curry Sr
LB 98 Lawrence Taylor Jr
DT 76 Donnell Thompson Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

1979 team players in the NFL[edit]

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

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Buddy Curry Linebacker 2 36 Atlanta Falcons
Doug Paschal Running Back 5 121 Minnesota Vikings
Phil Farris Wide Receiver 11 297 Denver Broncos

References[edit]

  1. ^ "University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – 1979". College Football Reference. Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  2. ^ "1980 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference. Retrieved October 21, 2012.