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 champion
Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl champion
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 9
AP No. 10
1980 record 11–1 (6–0 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 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]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 6 Furman* No. 14 Kenan Memorial StadiumChapel Hill, NC W 35–13  
September 13 at Texas Tech* No. 15 Jones StadiumLubbock, TX W 9–3   37,797
September 27 No. 19 Maryland No. 14 Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC W 17–3  
October 4 Georgia Tech* No. 10 Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC W 33–0  
October 11 at Wake Forest No. 8 Groves StadiumWinston-Salem, NC (Rivalry) W 27–9   37,411
October 18 NC State No. 8 Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC W 28–8  
October 25 East Carolina* No. 7 Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC W 31–3   48,100
November 1 1:30 PM at No. 16 Oklahoma* No. 6 Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK ESPN L 7–41   75,738
November 8 at Clemson No. 14 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC W 24–19   62,288
November 15 Virginia No. 15 Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC (Rivalry) W 26–3  
November 22 Duke No. 15 Keegan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC (Victory Bell) W 44–21  
December 31 7:00 PM vs. Texas No. 13 AstrodomeHouston, TX (Astro–Bluebonnet Bowl) Mizlou W 16–7   36,669
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

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]