Thursday, September 11, 2008

Behind the numbers of UNC's #87....

Since entering North Carolina, All-purpose receiver Brandon Tate has elevated his name to a national stage, already breaking UNC records and holding NCAA records. Tonight’s game with Rutgers will give Tate the chance to showcase his talents in a Thursday night game on national television, where UNC has not played since 2006. Here are a few of Brandon Tate’s accolades through game 1:

  • Tate broke UNC’s single game record for all-purpose yards with 397. This marked the second most single game all-purpose yards in ACC history.
  • Tate became the first wide receiver to rush for 100 yards in a game in UNC history with 106.
  • Tate set the UNC single-game record for highest average punt return (min. three) with 47.3 yards per return.
  • Tate posted his career long reception (57 yards), his career best punt return (82 yards) and matched his career long rush (54 yards).
  • Tate put the Tar Heels on the board with his UNC-record sixth career touchdown return in the first quarter (three punt, three kickoff). The 82-yard punt return was the longest of his career and matched the ninth longest in school history.
  • Tate’s go-ahead 57-yard touchdown reception from T.J. Yates in the third quarter was the sixth of his career. He finished with four catches for 93 yards on the night.
    Tate had three touches (all returns) in the first quarter for 176 yards (120 punt return, 56 kickoff return). He had four touches of more than 50 yards on the night.

    Other Records Tate holds:
  • The nation’s active career return yardage leader
  • UNC’s record of punt and kickoff return yardage in a single game (208 yards vs Duke 2006)
  • UNC’s record of kick returns for touchdowns

If North Carolina can win tonight, it will mark their first 2-0 start since 2000 when Carl Torbush began the season beating Tulsa and Wake Forest. They are 0-3 all time vs Rutgers.

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