November Tar Heel History
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November 3, 1835
UNC geology professor Elisha Mitchell confirms Mount Mitchell (Burnsville, NC) to be the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River at 6,683 feet. It became the first state park in North Carolina in 1915. Mitchell Hall at UNC is named in his honor.
November 3, 1952
Then a student-run station, WUNC began broadcasting on 91.5 FM on November 3, 1952.
November 4, 2006
Hakeem Nicks sets the UNC single-game freshman receiving record with 171 yards, but the Tar Heels fall 45-26 at Notre Dame.
November 4, 2018
North Carolina volleyball beats Wake Forest in straight sets for head coach Joe Sagula's 800th career win and his 597th at UNC.
November 5, 1994
Marcus Wall sets a UNC single-game record 184 kickoff return yards in a 28-17 home loss to Clemson
November 6, 1948
Bob Gantt's 100-yard interception return is the longest in UNC history, but the Tar Heels can only muster a 7-7 tie against William & Mary in Chapel Hill.
November 6, 2010
T.J. Yates sets UNC's single-game passing record with 439 yards (233 to Dwight Jones) in a 37-35 win at Florida State.
November 6, 2019
UNC becomes the first team to reach 700 ACC Basketball regular-season wins, and Cole Anthony's 34 points sets an ACC and UNC record for a freshman debut as the Tar Heels beat Notre Dame 76-65 in Chapel Hill.
November 6, 2020
Coach Karen Shelton gets career win No. 701, a 4-3 win over Syracuse, to break the record for most wins in NCAA field hockey history.
November 6, 2021
Quarterback Sam Howell sets the UNC career record for total offense in the Tar Heels' 58-55 win over No. 10 Wake Forest with 10,515 total yards. He broke the previous record of 10,423 yards set by Marquise Williams from 2012-15.
November 7, 2015
UNC scores the most points ever vs an ACC opponent in its 66-31 rout of Duke in Chapel Hill. QB Marquise Williams sets numerous school records including most career combined TDs (80 passing, rushing, receiving), most single-game total yards (524), and most single-game passing yards (494).
November 8, 1924
UNC mascot Rameses the ram appears on the Tar Heel sidelines for the first time at UNC's Emerson Field in a 3-0 win over VMI. The idea of a ram mascot was inspired by UNC's "battering ram" of a fullback, Jack Merritt.
November 8, 1969
Ricky Lanier sets a UNC single-game record for most rushing yards by a quarterback (174) in a 61-11 home win over VMI.
November 8, 2003
UNC running back Ronnie McGill rushes for 244 yards as the Tar Heels beat in-state foe Wake Forest 42-34 in Chapel Hill.
November 8, 2008
Hakeem Nicks breaks Corey Holliday's UNC career receiving yardage record in a 28-7 win over Georgia Tech in Chapel Hill
November 9, 2013
Marquise Williams becomes the first quarterback in UNC history to score touchdowns rushing, passing, and receiving in a single game. Ryan Switzer's 85-yard punt return for a touchdown is the 4th longest in UNC history as the Tar Heels beat Virginia 45-14 at Kenan Stadium.
November 10, 2000
Carolina beats Winthrop, 66-61, in Matt Doherty’s first game as head coach. The next night, Joseph Forte drops 38 on Tulsa to set the Smith Center scoring record.
November 10, 2001
UNC quarterback Darian Durant passes for 361 yards and a UNC freshman record 4 touchdown passes in a 32-31 loss to Wake Forest in Chapel Hill.
November 10, 2012
Giovani Bernard posts back to back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, but the Tar Heels lose in a shootout with Georgia Tech 68-50. It's the highest scoring game ever involving two ACC teams.
November 11, 2000
Joseph Forte scores 38 points against Tulsa to set the Smith Center scoring record in a 91-81 Tar Heel victory.
November 11, 2011
Top-ranked Carolina beats Michigan State, 67-55, on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in San Diego. Harrison Barnes (17) leads all scorers in the game played in front of President Barack Obama and thousands of U.S. military personnel.
November 12, 1927
UNC defeats Davidson 27-0 in the Tar Heels' first ever game at Kenan Stadium.
November 12, 1966
UNC receiver Charlie Carr catches a single-game school record 16 passes in a 20-14 loss to Air Force in Chapel Hill. According to a student at the game, "That was also the game that the Air Force falcon (the half time entertainment) flew right out of Kenan Stadium. The ground swell of laughter was incredible."
November 12, 1977
Amos Lawrence sets UNC's single-game rushing record for most yards gained by a freshman (286) in a 35-14 win at Virginia.
November 13, 1948
Bill Maceyko returns a UNC record 2 interceptions for touchdowns in a 49-20 win at Maryland.
November 14, 1953
On November 14, 1953, UNC alumnus Andy Griffith released "What it was, was Football," bringing nationwide attention to the Mt. Airy native (Video).
November 14, 2009
UNC defensive back Kendric Burney sets UNC's single-game interception return yardage record (3 ints, 170 yards) in a 33-24 win over Miami in Chapel Hill.
November 14, 2014
Roy Williams records his 1,000th combined win as a college head coach and assistant coach as UNC beats NC Central 76-60 in Chapel Hill.
November 14, 2015
Ryan Switzer sets an ACC record with his 7th career punt return for a TD as the Tar Heels beat Miami 59-21 in Chapel Hill, setting a UNC record for most points in consecutive games (125) and winning 9 games in a season for the first time since 1997.
November 14, 2020
Sam Howell passes for 550 yards and 6 TDs (both school records) as UNC overcomes 21-point second-half deficit to defeat Wake Forest 59-53 in the largest come-from-behind win in schol history. UNC's 742 yards of total offense also sets a school record.
November 14, 2021
The UNC Women's Basketball program, coached by Courtney Banghart, claims its 1,000th program victory in an 89-33 romp over the Charlotte 49ers in Charlotte, North Carolina.
November 15, 1986
Derrick Fenner gains a UNC record 328 rushing yards in a 27-7 home win over Virginia.
November 15, 2012
Wide receiver Quinshad Davis ties the UNC and ACC single-game record with 16 receptions in a 37-13 win over Virginia in Charlottesville.
November 15, 2014
Marquise Williams sets UNC single-season records for rushing yards (628) and rushing touchdowns (10) by a quarterback. He also sets the UNC single-game record with 16 consecutive completions in a 40-35 win over Pittsburgh in Chapel Hill.
November 15, 2017
Roy Williams wins his 400th game at UNC as the Tar Heels beat Bucknell 93-81 in Chapel Hill, becoming the first coach in Division I history to win 400 games at two schools (418 wins at Kansas).
November 16, 2013
Ryan Switzer returns 2 punts for touchdowns, setting the UNC single-season record for punt return touchdowns (3) in a 34-27 win over Pittsburgh at Heinz Field. Switzer ended the season with 5 punt return touchdowns, tying the NCAA single-season record.
November 17, 1990
UNC freshman running back Natrone Means rushes for 256 yards in a 24-22 win at Duke.
November 17, 2007
T.J. Yates sets school record for season passing yards. Brandon Tate sets ACC record for career kickoff return yards. Connor Barth sets school record for career field goals made in a 27-25 loss at Georgia Tech.
November 17, 2011
First 1,000-yard receiving season (Dwight Jones) and 1,000-yard rushing season (Gio Bernard) combination in UNC history as the Tar Heels lose 24-21 at Virginia Tech.
November 18, 1944
UNC gains a school record low 7 offensive yards in a 13-6 loss at Yale.
November 18, 1988
Jeff Lebo sets a UNC record with 17 assists in 111-84 win over Chattanooga in Preseason NIT.
November 18, 1995
Leon Johnson sets a UNC single-game record with 11 receptions by a running back in a 28-24 win over Duke in Chapel Hill.
November 18, 2000
The Tar Heels set a school record for most points in a quarter (35) and a half (52) en route to beating Duke 59-21 in Durham.
November 18, 2002
Rashad McCants scores 28 points in his freshman debut and starts with Raymond Felton and Sean May – the first time in history the Tar Heels start three freshmen – in 85-55 win over Penn State.
November 19, 1983
Tyrone Anthony rushes for 232 yards against Duke in the first football game played under the lights at Kenan Stadium. Portable lights were brought in for the game, which UNC won 34-27.
November 19, 1988
Tar Heel running back Kennard Martin rushes for 291 yards in a 35-29 loss at Duke.
November 19, 2012
North Carolina make 15 3-pointers, the 4th most in school history, as UNC beats Mississippi State 95-49 in the Maui Invitational.
November 19, 2016
T.J. Logan sets a UNC career record with his fourth kickoff return touchdown in a 41-7 win over The Citadel. His 100-yard kickoff return is the longest by a UNC player in Kenan Stadium history.
November 20, 1891
S.A. Ashe breaks off the longest run in UNC history (95 yards) but didn't score in a 6-4 loss to Duke.
November 20, 1948
Originated by UNC cheerleader Norm Speer and Duke cheerleader Loring Jones, the Victory Bell makes its first appearance in the UNC-Duke football rivalry, a game won 20-0 by the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill and led by UNC legend Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice.
November 20, 1976
UNC running back Mike Voight rushes for 261 yards in a 39-38 win against Duke in Chapel Hill.
November 20, 1999
UNC place kicker Josh McGee kicks a single-game UNC record 6 field goals (on 6 attempts) in a 38-0 blanking of Duke in Chapel Hill.
November 20, 2010
T.J. Yates sets UNC's single-game completion record (33) and career passing yardage record (9,377) in a 29-25 loss to NC State in Chapel Hill.
November 20, 2013
UNC basketball coaching legend Dean Smith is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, by President Barack Obama at a ceremony at the White House
November 20, 2014
Quarterback Marquise Williams sets UNC's single-season record for total offense yards (3,499) in a 45-20 win over Duke in Durham in front of a nationally-televised Thursday night audience.
November 21, 1970
Tar Heel running back Don McCauley runs for 279 yards to help beat Duke 59-34 in Chapel Hill.
November 21, 1981
UNC running back Kelvin Bryant rushes for 247 yards to help the Tar Heels defeat Duke 31-10 in Durham.
November 21, 1982
UNC wins the national championship in women's soccer for the second straight year with a 2-0 victory over Central Florida. The victory earned the Tar Heels the first-ever NCAA championship in the sport, which previously played under the AIAW.
November 21, 1987
In a rematch of the previous year’s regional final, Carolina beats No. 1 ranked Syracuse, 96-93, in overtime in the Hall of Fame Classic. Playing without a suspended J.R. Reid, the Tar Heels rally from an 11-point halftime deficit. Ranzino Smith (21), Jeff Lebo (20) and freshmen Rick Fox (15) and Pete Chilcutt (14) lead UNC.
November 22, 2003
Carolina beats Old Dominion, 90-64, in Roy Williams’ first game as head coach. Williams took over the program on April 14, 2003, two weeks after Matt Doherty resigned. Doherty went 53-43 in three seasons.
November 22, 2016
UNC guard Stephanie Watts sets the ACC women's basketball record for most 3-pointers in a game with 10 from behind the arc in a 93-77 victory over Charleston Southern in Chapel Hill.
November 23, 1925
The newly-renovated and renamed Playmakers Theatre building on the University of North Carolina campus was dedicated on November 23, 1925.
November 23, 2013
It's a record-setting day in Chapel Hill as UNC beats Old Dominion 80-20. The Tar Heels score a single-game record 80 points. QB Marquise Williams sets UNC single-game records for total yards (469) and passing touchdowns (5). RB T.J. Logan sets the single-game freshman TD record with 4. Ryan Switzer sets the UNC career punt return TD record with 4.
November 23, 2019
Sam Howell sets UNC's single-season record with 32 touchdown passes, surpassing Mitch Trubisky's 30 in 2016. Howell's 32 TDs are the most by a true freshman in FBS history as UNC beats Mercer 56-7 on Senior Day in Chapel Hill.
November 24, 1984
Carl Carr's 96-yard fumble return for touchdown is the longest in UNC history, as the Tar Heels beat Duke 17-15 in Durham
November 24, 1989
King Rice’s bank shot at the buzzer beats James Madison, 80-79, in the first round of the Maui Invitational. Carolina rallies from a 79-70 deficit with less than a minute to play.
November 24, 2012
Bryn Renner ties UNC's single-game record with 5 touchdown passes and sets the single-season school record with 28 touchdown passes as the Tar Heels beat Maryland 45-38 in Chapel Hill.
November 24, 2015
Roy Williams claims his 755th career win, tying Henry Iba for 16th-most wins by a Division I men's basketball coach after the Tar Heels go on a 21-3 run to end the game and knock of Kansas State, 80-70, in the championship game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City.
November 25, 2016
Ryan Switzer sets UNC's single-season receptions record with 91 catches. Mitch Trubisky sets UNC's single-season record for passing yards with 3,468 in a 28-21 loss to NC State in Chapel Hill.
November 26, 1931
One of UNC’s most beloved landmarks, the Morehead-Patterson Memorial Bell Tower, was dedicated on November 26, 1931.
November 26, 1993
Running back Leon Johnson sets the UNC single-game record for most touchdowns by a freshman as he finds the end zone 4 times in a 38-24 win over Duke in Chapel Hill.
November 26, 2011
Dwight Jones' 79 receptions and Bryn Renner's 23 touchdown passes set UNC single-season records in UNC's 37-21 win over Duke at Kenan Stadium.
November 26, 2021
Josh Downs sets the UNC single-season record for receiving yards with 1,273, passing Hakeem Nicks (1,222 in 2008), in the Tar Heels' 34-30 loss to NC State in Raleigh on Nov. 26, 2021.
November 27, 1943
The Tar Heels rack up 555 rushing yards as UNC beats Virginia 54-7 in Norfolk, VA.
November 27, 2002
Rashad McCants scores 25 as the Tar Heels upset Roy Williams and No. 2 Kansas, 67-56, in the Preseason NIT semifinals. UNC knocks off Stanford two nights later to win the title.
November 28, 1981
Michael Jordan scores 12 points in his debut with the top-ranked Tar Heels, a 74-67 win over Kansas (Video).
November 28, 1983
Michael Jordan appears on the Sports Illustrated cover for the first time (photo). No athlete has appeared on more covers (50).
November 28, 2015
Marquise Williams surpasses Darian Durant to become UNC's all-time leader in total offense with 9,632 career yards as the Tar Heels beat NC State 45-34 in Raleigh to cap an 11-1 (8-0 ACC) regular season.
November 29, 2009
Roy Williams claims his 600th career victory in an 80-73 win over Nevada in Chapel Hill.
November 30, 1982
The defending NCAA champs avoid an 0-3 start when Michael Jordan comes up with a steal and a spinning, 24-foot jumper at the buzzer to send the Tulane game into overtime. Tar Heels prevail, 70-68 in triple OT.
November 30, 2013
Eric Ebron sets the ACC single-season record for tight end receiving yards with 876. Ebron's 79-yard reception is the longest by a UNC player in Kenan Stadium history, but the Tar Heels fall to Duke 27-25.
November 30, 2020
Garrison Brooks becomes UNC's 78th career 1,000-point scorer with 14 points in the Tar Heels' 78-51 win over UNLV in the 2020 Maui Invitational, held in Asheville, NC due to the COVID-19 pandemic.