September Tar Heel History
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September 2, 2023
Mack Brown wins his 100th game at North Carolina to become the first coach in college football history to win 100 games at two schools (UNC, Texas) as the Tar Heels beat South Carolina 31-17 in Charlotte, NC.
September 3, 2011
Bryn Renner sets UNC's single-game completion percentage record (22-23, 95.7%) in a 42-10 win over James Madison in Chapel Hill
September 4, 2010
Jheranie Boyds' 97-yard touchdown reception from T.J. Yates against LSU in the Chik-fil-A Kickoff Classic at the Georgia Dome is the longest play from scrimmage in UNC history
September 5, 2019
Miami Marlins pitcher Brian Moran and Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Colin Moran are the first brothers since 1900 to face each other in an MLB at bat during a debut. Brian, making his MLB debut, struck out his younger brother to earn lifetime bragging rights.
September 5, 2019
Brianna Pinto scores in the 71st minute to give the Tar Heels a 1-0 win over LSU and the UNC Women's Soccer program its 600th shutout in school history through 966 games.
September 6, 2003
UNC loses at home to Syracuse 49-47 in the first triple-overtime game in UNC football history
September 6, 2014
Mack Hollins' 91-yard touchdown reception from Marquise Williams is the longest in Kenan Stadium history and the third longest in UNC history. Brian Walker also returns an interception 100 yards for a touchdown as UNC beats San Diego State, 31-27 (Video).
September 6, 2019
1974 All-American, 1983 NBA Champion, 4x NBA All-Star, and 8x NBA All-Defensive Team member Bobby Jones becomes the 7th former UNC player and 11th Tar Heel overall to be inducted to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame during an enshrinement ceremony in Springfield, Massachusetts.
September 6, 2019
North Carolina Volleyball coach Joe Sagula picks up his 600th win at UNC with a 3-1 victory over UC Irvine at the UC Irvine Invitational.
September 7, 1996
#24 UNC beats #9 Syracuse, led by QB Donovan McNabb, 27-10 for its first road win over a top-10 team in 30 years
September 7, 2002
Dan Orner kicks a UNC-record-long 55 yard field goal in a 30-22 win at Syracuse
September 7, 2018
Charlie Scott, UNC's first African-American scholarship athlete and five-time ABA and NBA All-Star, is inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame during an enshrinement ceremony in Springfield, Massachusetts.
September 7, 2019
Return of the Mack: UNC knocks off Miami in the final minute, 28-25, to begin the season 2-0 in Mack Brown's return to Kenan Stadium as the Tar Heels' head football coach.
September 11, 1993
Jason Stanicek sets the UNC single game record with a quarterback rating of 263.48 (14/17, 288 yards, 2 TDs) and UNC sets single-game record for most yards gained (714 at 9.7 per play) as the 14th-ranked Tar Heels beat Maryland 59-42 in Chapel Hill. UNC running backs Curtis Johson (168) and Leon Johnson (101) each rushed for over 100 yards and Curtis Johnson recorded UNC's longest touchdown run (90 yds).
September 12, 1981
Kelvin Bryant scores 6 touchdowns in a season-opening 56-0 win over ECU, famously handing the ball to paralyzed former teammate Steve Streater after TDs number 5 and 6.
September 13, 1952
A polio outbreak on UNC's campus forces the cancellation of the Tar Heels' season-opening football game
September 14, 1985
UNC quarterback Kevin Anthony attempts a school-record 53 passes in a 23-13 loss to LSU in Chapel Hill
September 16, 1978
Dick Crum's first game as UNC head coach results in a 14-10 win over East Carolina
September 17, 1955
On September 17, 1955, LeRoy Benjamin Frasier Jr., Ralph Frasier, and John Lewis Brandon became the first African-American undergraduate students to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
September 17, 2016
Mitch Trubisky (24-27, 432 yds, 3 TD) sets UNC's single-game record with 18 consecutive completions and a UNC record 156 consecutive pass attempts without an interception in a 56-28 win over James Madison in Chapel Hill.
September 18, 1971
Carolina shut out Illinois, 27-0, giving the Tar Heels back-to-back shutouts to open the season (they'd shut out Richmond, 28-0, in the opener)
September 18, 2015
The No. 3 ranked UNC men's soccer team beats No. 2 ranked Notre Dame 4-2 in Chapel Hill behind a goal and two assists from Colton Storm, giving the Tar Heels their 700th win in program history.
September 19, 1987
UNC wide receiver Randy Marriott sets a single-game school record for most receiving yards (247) in a 30-23 win at Georgia Tech
September 19, 1998
Quarterback Ronald Curry sets a UNC freshman record with 370 total yards of offense in a 37-34 loss at Stanford
September 19, 2015
Quinshad Davis sets the UNC career TD reception record with 22 (Hakeem Nicks, 21), and Ryan Switzer sets a UNC single-game record with 168 punt return yards (1 TD), breaking Bud Carson's total of 166 yards set in 1951 against NC State as UNC beats Illinois 48-14 in Chapel Hill. It's the Tar Heels' largest nonconference win against a Power Five opponent since a 41-7 win over Northwestern in 1977.
September 20, 1979
The North Carolina women's soccer team plays its first ever game, defeating Duke 12-0 at UNC's Fetzer Field, in what would become the beginning of a college soccer dynasty.
September 20, 1986
Running back Derrick Fenner crashes into coach Dick Crum on the sidelines, breaking the coach's leg in UNC's 10-10 tie with Florida State in Tallahassee.
September 22, 1951
Bud Carson sets the UNC single-game record with 166 punt return yards as the Tar Heels beat NC State 21-0 in Chapel Hill.
September 22, 2001
Fans storm the Kenan Stadium field and the goal posts come down after UNC dominates No. 6 Florida State, 41-9. The Tar Heels scored 34 straight unanswered points in the second half to defeat the Seminoles for the first time since they joined the ACC in 1992.
September 23, 1972
The Bill Dooley coached Tar Heels beat Lou Holtz's NC State Wolfpack 34-33 in Chapel Hill as State's potential game-winning two point touchdown conversion comes up short.
September 24, 2016
Mitch Trubisky's 2-yard touchdown pass to Bug Howard with 2 seconds remaining caps a 17 play, 63 yard drive in which UNC converted 3 4th downs to knock off Pitt 37-36 in Chapel Hill. Trubisky was 35/46 passing for 453 yards and 5 TDs. Ryan Switzer recorded an ACC record 16 catches for 208 yards.
September 25, 1954
Andy Griffith, five years after graduating from UNC, performs 'What It Was, Was Football' (Video) prior to the Carolina-NC State game in Kenan Stadium. This photo captured the moment, as did this one. The Tar Heels went on to defeat the Wolfpack 20-6.
September 25, 2000
In one of the greatest in-game dunks of all time. Vince Carter jumps over and dunks on 7-foot-2 French center Frédéric Weis during the preliminary round of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia (Video).
September 26, 2015
Mitch Trubisky's 282.0 quarterback rating (17/20, 312 yds, 4 TDs) in a 41-14 win over Delaware in Chapel Hill breaks Jason Stanicek's UNC school record of 263.48 vs Maryland in 1993.
September 27, 2003
UNC sets a school record for most yards gained in a loss (550) in a 47-34 loss at NC State
September 27, 2008
Brandon Tate sets an NCAA career record for combined kick return yardage (3,523) in a 28-24 win at Miami
September 29, 2012
Giovani Bernard scores twice, Bryn Renner throws three touchdown passes and UNC sets a school single-game scoring record in a 66-0 win against Idaho in Chapel Hill.
September 29, 2017
No. 5 UNC men's soccer enters as the highest scoring team in the country. It only needs a single goal from Cam Lindley to gut out a 1-0 victory over rival NC State to give head coach Carlos Somoano the 100th victory of his career.
September 30, 1948
Legendary Franklin Street restaurant the Rathskeller, popularly known as "The Rat", opens its doors on September 30, 1948. An article in The Daily Tar Heel advertised that UNC's very own Andy Griffith would be "wandering among the tables with his guitar" to welcome diners.
September 30, 2000
Quarterback Ronald Curry sets a UNC single-game record for most total yards by a junior (400). Curry's 78-yard touchdown pass to Kory Bailey is the longest in Kenan Stadium history as the Tar Heels fall to Georgia Tech 42-28.