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1948 North Carolina Tar Heels football
Sugar Bowl, L 6–14 vs. Oklahoma
ConferenceSouthern Conference
Ranking
APNo. 3
1948 record9–1–1 (4–0–1 SoCon)
Head coachCarl Snavely (6th season)
Home stadiumKenan Memorial Stadium
Seasons
← 1947
1949 →
1948 Southern Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Clemson 5 0 0     11 0 0
North Carolina 4 0 1     9 1 1
VMI 5 1 0     6 3 0
William & Mary 5 1 1     7 2 2
Wake Forest 5 2 0     6 4 0
Maryland 4 2 0     6 4 0
Duke 3 2 1     4 3 2
Richmond 3 3 1     5 3 2
Washington & Lee 2 2 0     4 6 0
Furman 2 4 0     2 6 1
George Washington 2 4 0     4 6 0
Davidson 2 5 0     3 5 1
South Carolina 1 3 0     3 5 0
NC State 1 4 1     3 6 1
Virginia Tech 0 6 1     0 8 1
The Citadel 0 5 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1948 North Carolina Tar Heels football team represented the University of North Carolina during the 1948 college football season. The Tar Heels were led by sixth-year head coach Carl Snavely and played their home games at Kenan Memorial Stadium. The team finished the regular season undefeated with a record of 9–0–1, and outscored their opponents 261–94.[1] North Carolina was ranked third in the final AP Poll of the season (conducted before bowl season), which is to date the highest finish in school history.[2] They were invited to the 1949 Sugar Bowl, where they lost to Big 7 Conference champion Oklahoma.

Halfback Charlie Justice was a consensus first-team All-American, and finished second in the voting for the Heisman Trophy.[3] He led the team in rushing, passing, and punting, with 766 rushing yards, 854 passing yards, and 20 total touchdowns.[3] End Art Weiner was also named an All-American, including first-team by the Football Writers Association of America and the New York Sun.[4]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteResult
September 25Texas*W 34–7
October 2at Georgia*W 21–14
October 9at Wake ForestNo. 2W 28–6
October 16NC StateNo. 1
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC (rivalry)
W 14–0
October 23LSU*No. 3
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC
W 34–7
October 30at Tennessee*No. 3W 14–7
November 6William & MaryNo. 3
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC
T 7–7
November 13at MarylandNo. 6W 49–20
November 20DukeNo. 5
W 20–0
November 27at VirginiaNo. 4W 34–12
January 1, 1949vs. No. 5 Oklahoma*No. 3L 6–14
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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