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University of North Carolina football player talks about how grit and determination have played major roles in the Tar Heels success so far this ACC season.
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University of North Carolina football player talks about how grit and determination have played major roles in the Tar Heels success so far this ACC season.

North Carolina hasn’t lost since September, has won eight consecutive games, just dominated a rival in a 35-point victory against Duke and yet, still, there are thousands of tickets remaining for the Tar Heels’ final home game, which comes on Saturday against Miami.

By the time the Tar Heels and Hurricanes begin playing at 3:30 on Saturday, it’s possible that UNC could be playing to clinch the ACC’s Coastal Division championship. If Duke beats Pittsburgh earlier on Saturday, then UNC could clinch the coastal with a victory against Miami.

Unless ticket sales improve, though, one of UNC’s most significant home games in years will not be sold out. As of Tuesday afternoon, approximately 4,500 tickets remained for the Miami game, according to Tim Sabo, UNC’s director of ticket operations.

Bubba Cunningham, the UNC athletic director, wrote an open letter published on Tuesday in the Daily Tar Heel, the UNC student newspaper, asking for fan support. Cunningham thanked fans for their turnout last Saturday for UNC’s 66-31 victory against Duke.

“Now,” he wrote, “we’re asking you to bring an even greater level of energy on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. against Miami.”

UNC is ranked No. 17 in the latest Associated Press top 25 poll – the Tar Heels’ highest ranking this late in the season since 2009. A victory on Saturday would give UNC its longest winning streak – nine games – since ACC play began in 1953.

Saturday will be senior day at Kenan Stadium, where UNC will recognize quarterback Marquise Williams, offensive guard Landon Turner, linebacker Jeff Schoettmer and other seniors who will be playing in their final home game.

“The game has important implications on both the national and ACC races,” Cunningham wrote. “Let’s join together, show the team you’ve ‘got their back’ and send the seniors out in style with the largest and loudest crowd of the season.”

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