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1972 North Carolina Tar Heels football
ACC champion
Sun Bowl, W 32–28 vs. Texas Tech
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 14
APNo. 12
1972 record11–1 (6–0 ACC)
Head coachBill Dooley (6th season)
Offensive coordinatorBobby Collins (6th season)
Seasons
← 1971
1973 →
1972 ACC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#12 North Carolina 6 0 0     11 1 0
#17 NC State 4 1 1     8 3 1
Maryland 3 2 1     5 5 1
Duke 3 3 0     5 6 0
Clemson 2 4 0     4 7 0
Virginia 1 5 0     4 7 0
Wake Forest 1 5 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll[1]

The 1972 North Carolina Tar Heels football team represented the North Carolina Tar Heels of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the 1972 NCAA University Division football season.[2] The team won its second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) championship, going 6–0 in conference play, and played in the 1972 Sun Bowl, defeating Texas Tech by a score of 32–28. The Tar Heels ended the year ranked 12th in the AP Poll with an 11–1 record—the lone loss coming at Ohio State in their fourth game.[3] This was the first of only four seasons where North Carolina was able to win 11 games.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 9Richmond*W 28–18
September 16MarylandW 31–26
September 23NC State
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC (rivalry)
W 34–33
September 30at No. 5 Ohio State*L 14–2986,180
October 14Kentucky*
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC
W 31–20
October 21at Wake ForestW 21–027,000
November 4at ClemsonW 26–1041,000
November 11VirginiaNo. 18
W 23–3
November 18DukeNo. 16
W 14–0
November 25East Carolina*No. 15
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC
W 42–19
December 9vs. Florida*No. 16W 28–24
December 30vs. Texas Tech*No. 16CBSW 32–2827,877
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

PersonnelEdit

1972 North Carolina Tar Heels football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
  Bethea, EarleEarle Bethea
QB Vidnovic, NickNick Vidnovic Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

ReferencesEdit

Template:Atlantic Coast Conference football champions

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