The UNC Tar Heels lost to the Tennessee Volunteers 52-17 in NCAA Football 14 video game.
On June 9th, 2020, the UNC Tar Heels football team was defeated by Barstool Big Cat and Tennessee in the popular NCAA Football video game. Big Cat controls the Volunteers’ football team, as head coach Gus Duggerton, or Coach Duggs for short. After a Week 1 victory against Maryland and a Week 2 loss to #1 Virginia Tech, the #6 Volunteers traveled to Kenan Memorial Stadium to take on the Tar Heels.
Duggs is now in his second season with the Volunteers and is trying to replicate the dream season he had the year before. Tennessee was undefeated and the SEC Champions, before losing the National Championship game to Virginia Tech in blowout fashion, the prior season. After losing again to Virginia Tech in Week 2, Duggs was in a must-win situation against the Tar Heels.
The Tar Heels entered the game with the 22nd ranked pass offense in the country and the 24th ranked rush offense in the country. Tennessee entered the game with the 13th pass offense in the country and the 94th rush offense.
The game was broadcasted live on Twitch and had over 20,000 viewers watching the game live. The game was the first of a late night double header, and the second of three games that day broadcasted from the Barstool Sports offices.
In a shocking statement prior to the game, Big Cat revealed he almost joined the Tar Heels as head coach, prior to the start of this season, but instead kept his loyalty to the Volunteers. Big Cat then stressed focus and composure to his team, prior to losing the opening coin toss showing Tails does sometimes Fail.
The game started with Big Cat showing the game sliders settings, ensuring that he was not cheating and that he had not boosted the statistics of either team. After receiving the opening kickoff, Tennessee gained one first down, before star running back Rico Burgerton fumbled the football, turning Big Cat into Angry Cat. The Tar Heels could not capitalize off the early turnover; however, as they had a wide receiver fumble the football two plays later.
The game was a no contest from that point on, as Tennessee showed their domination. After the Tar Heels fumble, Tennessee quarterback Stefan Cheah threw a touchdown to the backup running back. UNC then threw an interception on the next drive, leading to another Cheah touchdown pass, extending the lead to 14-0. After a field goal by the Tar Heels, Duggs decided to go for it on 4th and 3 from from his own 24 yard line and the gamble paid off as Cheah passed to Burgerton for a long touchdown. Cheah then threw his fourth touchdown pass of the half to Vincent Moltisanti, extending the lead to 28-3 at halftime.
UNC started the second half well, with a touchdown of their own, but Tennessee marched right down the field as PFT Commenter kicked a 33 yard field goal to make it 31-10. Stefan Cheah then ran it 24 yards for a touchdown to make the game 38-10, entering the fourth quarter. UNC then scored, to make it 38-17, but Cheah threw a 9 yard slant to Slim Cooper to make the game 45-17. The 50-Burger watch was officially on and completed with a rushing touchdown by the backup running back, to mark the last score of the game for either team at 52-17.
By the end of the game, the video game commentator Kirk Herbstreit took to trolling the Tar Heels by saying he would make his dinner reservation early because of the total blowout. Big Cat had a similar attitude as he started preparing for his next game against Florida before the final whistle blew.
Throughout the game, numerous members of the Twitch chatroom were attacking Big Cat and his style of play for being too run-heavy and not throwing the ball deep. Coach Duggs is sometimes referred to as Air Duggs, but this game had very few deep passes, and a lot of running plays, causing criticism.
Questions also emerged about the NCAA eligibility of Tenneseee kicker PFT Commentator as the player had previously tried out and been cut by the DC Defenders of the XFL.
There was also controversy about Coach Duggs himself, as Big Cat has bragged in the past about paying his players so they commit and play for him.
Let this post serve as a call to action to the NCAA to investigate Coach Duggs and his questionable behavior.
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