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08 October 2017

Items: North Carolina stuffed a Book quarterback sneak on fourth-and-one to take possession at its 49 with 6:08 left in the quarter, but the Tar Heels were unable to take advantage, losing three yards on three plays before punting. Wimbush's status was questionable throughout the week because of an injured foot.

Brandon Wimbush warmed up and is expected to be available Saturday, but Book will get the start.

While Book's mobility in the pocket was nice to see, he didn't emerge unscathed. Notre Dame's massive defensive tackle Jerry Tillery (6-6, 306) beat UNC right guard R.J. Prince with an inside move and wrapped up Brown just as he received the handoff.

Still, the Irish had no trouble earning their fourth straight win by at least 20 points since a 20-19 loss to Georgia on September 9, the first time they have accomplished that feat since 2005.

Some stark numbers also offer a window into the defensive shutdown that took place.

"I know I come in here every week and it sounds like the same thing over and over", Coach Larry Fedora said. Carolina managed just seven yards in the first quarter and finished with 265 overall.

A pair of bookend plays around halftime helped add five points to Notre Dame's point total.

What hurt even more was Surratt's interception on his first pass attempt of the second half.

With Book taking on the role of game manager, the Irish needed a strong game from their running backs and managed to get it with 341 yards on 57 carries. Instead, redshirt freshman Chazz Surratt, who struggled against the aggressive Notre Dame defense, stood 3 yards behind center Cam Dillard, deep in his own end zone.

McIntosh, a sophomore, capitalized on his extra work by scoring from 24 and 35 yards out - his third straight game with at least one rushing score.

However, that success wouldn't continue as the game went on.

The Fighting Irish will attack that suspect Tar Heels run defense with an offense averaging 301.4 yards on the ground. On what turned into a rainy afternoon, Notre Dame forced North Carolina to punt nine times. While none were especially costly, such mistakes need to ironed out with more potent teams still on the docket.

The big play: Trailing 14-0 midway through the second quarter, the Carolina offense fond its footing for the first time all day, picking stringing together four first downs to reach the Notre Dame 19-yard line. That was followed by a third down pass interference in the Tar Heels' red zone that allowed them to eventually kick a field goal.

That opponent, of course, is the USC Trojans, who are 5-1 after an easy 38-10 win over conference rival Oregon State on Saturday.

Carlton tallied 13 kills, 18 assists and 11 digs for UNC (6-7, 3-2 ACC), which dropped the first set of the evening before rallying to win the rest for a 3-1 victory (18-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-17).

Irish top North Carolina