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6The Daily Tar HeelMonday, October
Humes: Scared to death on winning TD
By FRANK KENNEDY
6.-04 N. C. State kicker Mike Cofer
tries a 42-yard field goal The ball
wobbles far enough, but to the right
of the goal post. North Carolina takes
over at its own 26, but the Wolfpack
still leads, 21-20.
William Humes was facing the kind
of pressure he just hadn't expected
not on this Saturday, and certainly not
against a rival like N.C. State. But
Humes, the 6-0 sophomore tailback
who generally picks up most of his yards
in his practice uniform, got the call from
coach Dick Crum.
He, not ACC No. 1 rusher Ethan
Horton, was going to carry the ball on
a drive which would ultimately decide
the football game.
"Nervous," Humes said of the
moment when he raced on the field. "To
tell you the truth, I was scared to death."
5:59 Humes takes the handoff
from quarterback Kevin Anthony and
runs off right tackle for 11 yards.
"That was the first time I had ever
been in a game in a pressure situation,"
Humes said. "But I'm really happy the
coach had confidence in me."
5:30 Humes carries up the middle
for two yards.
4:55 Humes looks for a hole off
right tackle, squirms away from two
defenders, side-steps left and turns up
field for 10 yards. First down.
It came as a surprise only to the
50,600 fans in Kenan Stadium that
Humes got the kind of playing time he
had Saturday. In fact, both he and
fullback Brad Lopp said they expected
the time their role in practice had
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"We didn't know who was going to
start until out there on the field right
before and (Crum) told me to go in,"
Humes said. "But (Crum) had menti
oned the possibility earlier in the week.
"He put Brad and me in for expe
rience. The backs in there right now
(Horton and fullback Eddie Colson) are
seniors, and there will be a next year."
Crum said he inserted Humes and
Lopp to add some "electricity" to the
offense. "IVe been thinking about
starting Humes for some time, and
today was the day," Crum said.
Lopp and Humes ran 33 times total,
and Humes tallied 156 yards. Flipping
the coin: Horton ran 16 times for 122
yards, Colson four times for 28 yards.
"Having two backfields definitely
adds a dimension to the offense,"
Horton said. "When they start getting
used to one runner, we're bringing in
another and that throws them off."
4:30 Colson carries up the middle
for three yards. UNC is inside N.C.
4:15 Humes finds a hole opened
on the draw by center Harris Barton,
and drags a tackier along for a six-yard
3:40 Humes steps over a pile of
linemen, gains the needed yardage on
a third-and-one. UNC is at the 39.
Humes story isn't terribly atypical.
He was a two-time All-American, and
rushed for 4,124 yards in three years
at Asheville's Clyde A. Erwin High
Humes was used to playing all the
time in high school, and the adjustment
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to playing second-fiddle wasn't partic
ularly easy. "But I talked with my father
and sat down with the coaches and we
just decided that I would just sit back
in the wings of Ethan and learn from
him," Humes said. "I don't think I was
ready to play at the start of this season.
3:32 Colson bulls through the
middle, and dives for six yards.
2:50 Colson drags a linebacker
with him for five yards, but comes out
limping, with cramps in both legs. Lopp
returns. First down.
What faced Humes as the Tar Heels
closed in on the goal line in the final
moments was the reality of fumbles
earlier, he had watched both Horton
and Lopp lose the ball inside the
Wolfpack 15. It was a scenario that had
become a regular part of UNC's script
"I couldn't think about that, because
I had a job to do," he said. "But my
teammates kept warning me to hold
onto the ball, so I couldn't help but
think about it. I'd put it out of my mind
until someone would bring it up.
"It was probably a good thing that
they did bring it up because sometimes
when I'm not thinking about it I have
a tendency to carry the ball loose with
one arm. I concentrated on holding the
ball with two before finding the big
Quarterback Kevin Anthony, who
didnt enter until the final two minutes
of the first half, but played the rest of
the way, said Humes' strength lies in
his elusiveness. "He's like a snake out
there," Anthony said. "There is a
difference in handing the ball off to
Ethan and William. William is shorter
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and he slithers around. He was really
prepared; he had a great week's work."
2:37 Lopp carries two yards.
1:50 Humes runs up the middle,
1:23 On a third-and-five, Anthony
rolls left. Two Tar Heel receivers, Eric
Streater and Earl Winfield, have run
wide routes in the, secondary. State is
in a three-deep coverage. Winfield is
double-covered, so Anthony rifles a 16
yard completion to Streater, who carries
to the seven. First and goal.
Crum said he did consider playing
the final drive slowly, running out the
clock, and setting up for a last-second
field goal. "The way things had been
going, we had just had a lot of prob
lems," he said. But with more than a
minute to play and the ball only seven
yards from the end zone, the touchdown
became a certain goal.
:55 Humes follows the blocking
of Barton and left guard Greg Naron
for five yards to the two.
.35 Humes leaps over the center
of the N. C. State line and falls into the
end zone. 26-21, UNC.
:31 Anthony rolls right on a two
point conversion, finds Humes, who
catches the ball as he slightly stumbles
across the goal line. 28-21, UNC.
"I felt that we had the ability to score
(the touchdown) because we had been
running on them all day," Humes said.
"We've held our heads up all year, and
this is going to raise our morale 100
"The door is not closed on us yet,"
For now, at least, Humes has kept
the door cracked.
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About an hour after the climactic
touchdown, Brad Lopp found himself
in the confines of the nearly deserted
student infirmary, where his battered
and swollen hand was carefully being
The silence was almost ghostlike,
punctuated occasionally by the voices
of his waiting family. It had been just
a short walk up the hill from Kenan
Fieldhouse. But the emptiness, and the
cold atmosphere of the X-ray room
seemed so distant from the din and the
warmth that had been generated by
50,000 people next door.
A victim of circumstance. That's what
Brad Lopp was on Saturday afternoon.
At least on the surface it appeared
that way. Had it not been for the
unusually generous amount of playing
time he'd been given, his hand probably
would have been OK. And had his hand
been OK, he would already have joined
the rest of the town in celebrating his
team's dramatic victory over its biggest
The celebration could wait. At this
point, nothing could dampen the elation
of the redshirt freshman who had
started his first game and had performed
as well as anyone could have asked him
to. An injured hand was the price he
had paid for satisfaction. The invest
ment was well worth it.
In the shadowy corridors of the
infirmary, circumstances seemed to
have gotten the best of Lopp. In sunny
Kenan Stadium, it was clear that Lopp
had made the most of his circumstances.
North Carolina coach Dick Crum
had decided it was time to make some
switches in his stale offense, which had
scored just 18 points in the 10 quarters
previous to Saturday's game. Unexpect
edly, an entirely new backfield was
installed to start against N.C. State.
Mark Maye, his shoulder still ailing
so much that he couldn't throw the ball,
took over for Kevin Anthony at
quarterback. Even more strange was the
presence of William Humes at tailback
in place of Ethan Horton, who entered
the game tied for sixth in the nation
But Brad Lopp as the new fullback
now that seemed to make perfect
sense. So what if he was unknown to
the fans? After all, he'd run the ball three
whole times this season. And Eddie
Colson was only averaging five yards
a carry when he wasnt blasting open
holes for Horton to run through. ...
end for six points and a 10-0 UNC lead.
In the second quarter, Crum put
Horton into the backfield and he
seemed to be leading UNC toward a
rout of its intrastate rival.
But on first-and-10 from the Wolf
pack '4. Lopp fumbled after a two-yard
gain and State's Frank Bush recovered.
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"We just wanted to change it up, put
some electricity in the backfield,"
offensive backs coach Bobby Cale said.
But instead, with Lopp weighing in
at just 208 pounds, it seemingly would
have caused a power shortage at
It didn't. Lopp's play was far from
spectacular he fumbled in a crucial
situation and gained only 25 yards on
the day. But it was solid. His running
and especially bis blocking were more
The message Lopp delivered, not only
with his play, but verbally, was that he
will be an important part of this team.
And probably well before he is a senior.
"This was really big for me," he said.
It's helped me realize that I can play.
And I'm still a freshman."
For a freshman to have an oppor
tunity such as the one Lopp had when
he played in the game's final minutes,
is rare. But this day was rare in many
ways. Unsurprisingly, Lopp's chance
came as a result of circumstances over
which he had no control.
. Colson had replacedN Lopp in the
third quarter and apparently would
finish the game at fullback as Crum gave
the "reserves" (Colson and Horton)
some work. Trailing 21-20, UNC got
the ball with just under six minutes to
play. In eight plays, the Tar Heels
moved from their own 26 to N.C. State's
It was then that Colson limped off
the field with cramps in both calves.
Lopp was back in the lineup, an
uncustomary place for him under any
circumstances, even more so consider
ing the significance of the winning drive
not only in the game, but in North
What Lopp lacks in size, he more
than makes up for with his 4.46 speed
vand with the sureness he has in his
"Hey man, I wanted to be the one
in there when we were scoring," he said.
"I wanted it to be me, not Eddie. I was
ready to go. I have to be that way. You
can't play timid."
In his first start, Lopp handled
himself well. That cant be questioned.
But what role he will fill the rest of the
season is anyone's guess.
"Whether or not hell start next week,
I just don't know," Cale said. "I'm not
gonna say he's going to start."
Nor will Lopp himself offer any clues.
"I don't know if I'm gonna start next
week," he said. "I never got the word
I was gonna start (Saturday) till I was
on the field. Circumstances just
It seems that when they do, Lopp just
.. happens to.be in the, vicinity.
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Quarterback Tim Esposito led the
Wolfpack on an 88-yard drive that ate
up five minutes. Esposito hit tight end
Ralph Britt alone in the back of the
end zone for a one-yard strike, and the
score was 10-7.
North Carolina got possession with
1:46 in the first half and Anthony came
into the game for the first time. The
sophomore hit Streater for 12 yards,
Winfield for 14 and Winfield again for
24. With a fourth-and-nine on the State
11 -yard line and 26 seconds left, Miller
kicked a 27-yard field goal for a 13
7 UNC lead at halftime.
On the first play from scrimmage of
the second half, Esposito threw an
interception right to UNC's Tim Mor
rison, who returned the ball to the
Wolfpack 25. Humes resumed his
running clinic, zig-zagging for 24 yards
and then scoring from the three one play
later for a 20-7 lead with only 1:13 gone
in the second half.
State punted the ball away after being
stopped on its ensuing possession, but
UNC's Derrick Donald fumbled a fair
catch away and State's Joey Page
Esposito went deep in the front right
corner of the end zone for flanker Ricky
Wall. Wall was being covered closely
by Morrison and Darryl Johnson as he
surged into the end zone for Esposito's
floater. Wall ended up with possession
when the trio hit the ground. 20-14.
On two consecutive plays Anthony
fumbled the snap from center Brian
Johnston, and UNC punted back to
State amidst a chorus of boos.
Mcintosh, who would gain 136 yards
on the day, ripped a 28-yarder up the
middle on the first Wolfpack play. A
combination of Esposito passes and
Mcintosh and Vince Evans runs ground
the ball down to the North Carolina
one, where reserve fullback Mike Miller
scored on a dive for a 21-20 State.
Again, Anthony tripped from a bad
connection with Johnston to stop
another drive, and N.C. State drove to
the North Carolina 10 in 10 plays.
But UNC got a break when Cofer
missed a 26-yard field goal attempt wide
At that point, UNC made another
lineup change. Johnston, normally a
defensive tackle who was playing center
for the first time in two years, was
replaced by usual center Harris Barton,
who had been at tackle replacing the
injured Pat Sheehan. Bill Viggers
replaced Barton at tackle.
"This was the first week Brian was
back at center," Anthony said. "State's
middle guard (Sandy Kea) was playing
very tight, and he was submarining
Brian. Brian would step back and when
he did that, he accidentally stepped on
' my foot. It was like my foot was nailed
to the ground."
With Barton at center, the snaps were
no problem and the offense began to