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1979 North Carolina Tar Heels football
Gator Bowl champion
Gator Bowl, W 17–15 vs. Michigan
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 14
APNo. 15
1979 record8–3–1 (3–3 ACC)
Head coachDick Crum (2nd season)
Home stadiumKenan Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 50,000)
Seasons
← 1978
1980 →
1979 ACC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
NC State 5 1 0     7 4 0
Clemson 4 2 0     8 4 0
Maryland 4 2 0     7 4 0
Wake Forest 3 2 0     8 4 0
#15 North Carolina 3 3 0     8 3 1
Virginia 1 4 0     6 5 0
Duke 0 6 0     2 8 1
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 North Carolina Tar Heels football team represented the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 81:00 p.m.South Carolina*RaycomW 28–049,500
September 221:00 p.m.No. 13 Pittsburgh*
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC
RaycomW 17–750,550
September 292:00 p.m.at Army*No. 20RaycomW 41–332,157
October 61:00 p.m.Cincinnati*No. 18
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC
RaycomW 35–1449,000
October 131:00 p.m.Wake ForestNo. 14
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC (rivalry)
ABCL 19–2450,720
October 204:00 p.m.at No. 15 NC StateNo. 19ABCW 35–2154,200
October 271:00 p.m.East Carolina*No. 15
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC
RaycomT 24–2449,700
November 31:30 p.m.at MarylandNo. 18RaycomL 14–1735,618
November 101:00 p.m.No. 18 Clemson
  • Kenan Memorial Stadium
  • Chapel Hill, NC
RaycomL 10–1950,100
November 171:30 p.m.at VirginiaNo. RaycomRaycomW 13–731,472
November 241:30 p.m.at DukeRaycomW 37–1639,800
December 289:00 p.m.vs. No. 14 Michigan*ABCW 17–1570,407
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

RosterEdit

1979 North Carolina Tar Heels football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
C 51 Donnalley, RickRick Donnalley Jr
QB 12 Kupec, MattMatt Kupec Sr
RB 20 Lawrence, AmosAmos Lawrence Jr
RB 25 Paschal, DougDoug Paschal Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 57 Curry, BuddyBuddy Curry Sr
LB 98 Taylor, LawrenceLawrence Taylor Jr
DT 76 Thompson, DonnellDonnell Thompson Jr
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

1979 team players in the NFLEdit

The following players were drafted into professional football following the season.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Buddy Curry Linebacker 2 36 Atlanta Falcons
Doug Paschal Running Back 5 121 Minnesota Vikings
Phil Farris Wide Receiver 11 297 Denver Broncos

ReferencesEdit


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