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Monday, November 10, 1975 The Daily Tar Heel 5
Clemson 38, Carolina 35: a familiar frustration in Kenan Stadium
by Jim Thomas
Assistant Sports Editor
For followers of the University of North Carolina football program this season it was a
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In two previous games against Notre Dame and N.C. State, Carolina has appeared to be on
the verge of victory only to let it slip away in the final seconds. Saturday an interception by
Clemson defensive back Dennis Smith in the end zone stole victory from the Tar Heels
With 1: 19 left on the Kenan Stadium clock and the bail on Clemson's 1 1-yard line, four
weeks of frus ration appeared to have come to an end. But Smith stepped in front of a pass
mtended for UNC wingback Charlie Williams from quarterback Billy Paschall to send the
Tar Heels to their fifth straight defeat, 38-35.
"It was wide open," UNC Coach Bill Dooley said after the game, referring to the pass to
Williams. We hadn t thrown over there all day. Their defensive back ran underneath the
"It was another tough loss," he added. "We went out there to win it. We never gave up. we
never let down. We battled all the way through. It boiled down to a break here and there. That
was the difference in the ball game."
From the opening kickoff to Smith's interception, the game see-sawed back and forth. It
appeared whichever team had the ball last would emerge the victor as neither side was able to
stop the other's offense. The Tar Heels gained 427 yards in total offense compared to the
Turnovers also played an important part in the game as three fumbles set up scores.
Perhaps the most important one came after the Tar Heels had stormed to a 14-0 first quarter
lead and turned back the Tigers with two goal-line stands.
With third down and two from its own 24-yard line UNC was in position to move for
another first down. But Paschall mishandled a pitchout intended for Williams and Smith
made his first of two fumble recoveries on the Carolina 20. Five plays later Clemson
quarterback Mike O'Cain scored on a keeper from three yards out to close the gap to 14-7.
Record now 2-7
Junior Tailback Mike
Voight notched his
season on a 60-yard
Staff photo by Steve Causey
A 28-yard field goal by freshman Willie Jordan enabled the Tigers to creep within 14
Carohna was forced to punt on its next possession after a clinninp nenahv hH rm vhprl th I
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necis oat io meir own eigm-yara line. Clemson immediately moved the ball down to UNC
six on a 41 -yard pass from O'Cain to flanker Craig Brantley.
The Tigers were penalized 10 yards on the next two plays for delay of game but on second
down and 18 O'Cain hit a lunging Joey Walters with a 17-yard strike on the UNC one. Tar
Heel tackle Duke Thompson stopped O'Cain for no gain on third down. However, 1 ieer
tailback Ken Callicutt scored on a pitchout to the right on fourth down to put Clemson ahead
for the first time 17-14 with 32 seconds left in the first half.
Carolina came back to score on its first possession of the second half on a five-yard pass
from Paschall to split end Ray Stanford to go back in front 21-17. The drive covered' 73 yards
in just four plays. The big gainer was a 60-yard run by tailback Mike Voight w hich put him
over the 1,000-yard mark for the second straight season. Voight rushed for 228 yards on 28
carries Saturday to up his season total to 1,111 yards with two games remaining.
On the next series wingback Mel Collins returned a punt 20 yards to the Clemson 42. But a
holding penalty on the Tar Heels while the ball was in the air nullified Collin's return, who
had earlier returned one 35 yards to set up Carolina's second score. Clemson proceeded to
take advantage of the controversial ruling with O'Cain passing to Brantley again for 29 yards
to the UNC 13. Fullback Harold Goggins raced around left end on the next play to put
Clemson ahead 24-21 six minutes into the third quarter.
The rest of the game was a continual see-saw battle as the lead exchanged hands four times
(seven for the game). Carolina drove 80 yards in 14 plays to go ahead 28-24 with Paschall
completing three passes for first downs. The last one was a crucial 12-yard catch by split end
Walker Lee on fourth down to set up Voight's one-yard run.
O'Cain. who complete 12 of 19 passes for 243 yards in a rare start, led the I igers right hack
on an 80-yard march of their own. A 10-yard pass to flanker Stan Rome, who doubles as a
starting forward for the Clemson basketball team, turned the score in faorof the I igers. 31
28. on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Carolina was unable to move after Collins returned the ensuing kickotl 39 yards, but UNC
middle guard Bunn Rhames recovered a fumble on the Clemson 14 when O'Cain hobbled thc
snap from center. Three plavs later Paschall passed to tight end Brooks Williams tor a three
yard touchdown for a 35-31 Tar Heel lead with II minutes remaining.
After the Tigers were forced to punt it appeared the Tar Heels were finally in front to stay
when a personal toul gave them a first down on the Clemson 30. Paschall completed a swing
pass to Collins but the UNC wingback fumbled the ball after a nine-yard gain. Smith
recovered on the Clemson 21 to set up a 79-yard drive in 1 1 plays. The most critical play was a
30-vard pass to Rome which moved the Tigers out of the shadow of their imn goal-line.
O'Cain scored the winning touchdown on a one-yard quarterback sneak with 3:53 lelt.
The loss was Carolina's fifth straight and dropped the Tar Heel record to 2-7 with Tulane
coming up Saturday in the Super Dome. Clemson is now 2-7.
Carolina football team leaves final page unturned
by Grant Vosburgh
It's like that feeling you get when you
know you've answered all five pages of
questions correctly on a midterm and then
find out you've flunked because it was a six
With 1:26 left in Saturday's game between
Carolina and Clemson, UNC's Billy Paschall
called out signals with the ball only 1 1 yards
from the goal line and a go-ahead
touchdown. Rolling right, he pulled up and
passed back to his left for wingback Charlie
Williams crossing the left hash mark. There
was nothing but endzone ahead. And then,
in came the Tiger.
Defensive back Dennis Smith, playing the
position known as "Tiger" in Clemson's
defense (similar to a monster man), stepped
in front of Williams and made the
interception. With 1: 19 left, Clemson had the
ball on its own 36 yard line. Then came that
sinking feeling described earlier, with one big
difference. This test had been a final.
Clemson's offense ran out the clock. The
class time was over.
"I don't think the ball was underthrown,"
Smith said following the game. "1 just didn't
break for the pass until I saw Paschall release
it. 1 could have gone on deeper with the
coverage if the pass had been thrown
Clemson coach Red Parker said that he
figured Carolina would run a crossing
pattern on that play, so he switched to a
man-to-man pass coverage, something that
the Clemson defense had done rarely during
the game. Smith, too, anticipated such a pass
pattern by Carolina.
"I knew what was coming when I saw the
play developing," Smith said. "The tight end
w ill either go in or out. That tells me what is
coming. They (UNC) had done it about five
times before. We practiced coverage on it all
In the Carolina locker room, a quiet Billy
Paschall refrained from commenting on the
game. "I'm not being antisocial," he said
dejectedly. "1 just have nothing to say."
Williams, the intended receiver, said he
didn't see Smith behind him. "1 don't think
Billy did either. He was getting a lot of
pursuit," he said. "He looked to the tight
end, but he was covered. I was a secondary
Clemson quarterback Mike O'Cain did
something Saturday that he has not done in
quite a while -- he started. He also did
something he has done only once in the
Tigers' eight previous games he played the
"I really don't know why 1 started,"
O'Cain said. "It was Coach Parker's
decision. 1 was told about midweek that I
was going to start.
"It was no reflection on (Clemson's
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O'Cain said. "I just think Coach Parker
might have wanted a little experience today."
O'Cain shared time with Mark Fellers last
"A lot of people thought I was going to
quit after the first couple of games," O'Cain
said, referring to his inconsistent play early
in the season. "But I have another year after
this one and I just made up my mind that 1
was going to come back. I'm really fortunate
to get another chance."
O'Cain responded with his best
performance of the season. He completed 12
of 19 pass attempts for 243 yards, one
touchdown and no interceptions. He also
rushed 20 times for 47 yards, scoring
touchdowns of one and three yards. For his
statistics, he credited his teammates. "My
receivers were great today. They made me
look good several times," he said. "The
whole team played great. People were saying
that we had all quit, just given up this season,
but I don't think anybody on this team has
The Tar Heel locker room was practically
empty of members of the team w ho had just
lost their fifth straight game and their
seventh in nine weeks. Mike Voight,
however, was still getting dressed.
"1 thought Samson lost all of his strength
when he got his hair cut," someone asked
him, referring to a trip Voight had made last
week to a barber shop and a 228 yard trip he
had made moments earlier in Kenan, upping
his seasonal total to 1,111 yards.
"Yeah, I guess I got a little cut off," he said
with a weak smile.
Voight has rushed for over 1,000 yards for
the second straight season, but that is about
the only thing the two years have had in
Last year, as a sophomore, Voight was
sharing the tailback position with James
Betterson, becoming the first two men ever
to rush for over 1,000 yards in the same
season playing the same position. 1 974 was a
year of Sun Bowls, six victories at Kenan
Stadium and all-star notoriety.
This year, Voight has had a workhorse
load due to Betterson's injured thigh muscle
which has sidelined him for five weeks. 1975
has been a year of near-victories, team
dissent and 'Get rid of Dooley' talk among
Tar Heel fans. For all of this, however,
Voight saw some plusses in Carolina's
performance Saturday against Clemson.
"It shows we still have a little fight left," he
said about the Tar Heels' narrow loss. "We
didn't let down. We kept coming back."
Because of his somber demeanor, Voight
was asked if he was growing accustomed to
losing. He quickly denied that he was getting
used to it, explaining, "You want to win.
That's what you go out there for. But
somebody's got to lose. And while it hurts,
you can't cry like a baby and give up. You've
got to fight back. That's what we did."
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