"This is a resilient bunch of guys that kept believing in one another throughout the year and I’m glad they were rewarded with a bowl game," North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said of his team. "We’re looking forward to facing a very good Cincinnati team led by an outstanding coach in Tommy Tuberville."
"I just go out there and do what I do best," Ebron told the school’s official website. "Whatever special happens is built up inside and already packaged for the game. I can’t justify that or make something spectacular happen, it’s just going to happen. It’s a bowl game; I’m here to have fun."
North Carolina started the season 1-5, then went on a five-game win streak to become bowl eligible. A season-ending 27-25 loss to Duke hurt, but the resiliency shown by the team resonated with their head coach.
"I’m excited for our team, especially our seniors, who fought through some early season adversity and won five of the last six games to become bowl eligible," Fedora said.
Fedora says the team hasn’t decided yet who will call plays in this game after offensive coordinator Blake Anderson took the head coaching job at Arkansas State.
The Tar Heels are just the sixth team since the regular season expanded to 12 games in 2006 to start 1-5 and make a bowl game.
North Carolina is 2-0 all-time against Cincinnati, with the last meeting a 51-16 victory Sept. 14, 1991, in Chapel Hill.
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