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August 27, 2013
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We're two days away from the Tar Heels deigning to visit Columbia for the first time since 1990 (and boy, didn't they delay it as long as possible?). Here's what you should know from a purely numerical standpoint about North Carolina.
2 - Wins by North Carolina in school history over ranked teams in season openers to eight losses.
4 - UNC senior quarterback Bryn Renner needs just four touchdowns to tie T.J. Yates for second on the all-time passing touchdowns list with 58. Darian Durant is the school's all-time leader with 68 - for now.
10 - Appearances by UNC on a Thursday night. The Tar Heels are 6-4 in Thursday night games, the most recent being a 37-13 win over Virginia last season.
11 - Seniors on the UNC squad, fifth-fewest in FBS competition. No. 1? USC, with five (only four of whom are on scholarship).
13 - Points Larry Fedora's team put on South Carolina the last time his offense faced the Gamecocks in 2010 as coach of Southern Mississippi in a 41-13 loss in Columbia.
28 - Renner had 28 passing touchdowns in 2012, breaking his record of...(see below)
26 - Renner had 26 passing touchdowns in 2011. Renner is the only QB in school history to throw for 20-plus touchdowns in back-to-back seasons.
34 - Victories by North Carolina over USC in the series to South Carolina's 17 wins. There have been four ties.
35 - Offensive school records set in 2012, including total points (487), points per game (40.6) and total offense (5,827 yards).
40 - catches by tight end Eric Ebron in 2012, a school record for a single season by a TE. Ebron also set a single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end (625).
48.7 - UNC averaged 48.7 points at home last season. On the road, however, the Tar Heels averaged just 29 points - and that was against the likes of Duke, Wake Forest, Louisville, Virginia and Miami.
61 - Number of receptions by Quinshad Davis last season, a school record for a freshman.
74.8 - Number of offensive plays the Tar Heels averaged in 2012 per game.
91 - Renner hasn't thrown an interception in his last 91 attempts.
176 - Consecutive PATs made by UNC. The last miss came in the season opener in 2009 against The Citadel. The streak is the third-longest in the nation, behind Texas Tech (215) and Washington (178).
485.6 - UNC's average yards per game in 2012. It was 40 yards more than the previous school record of 441.8 set back in 1983.
.667 - Career completion percentage for Renner, the highest in school history.
776 - Receiving yards by Davis in 2012, also a freshman record.
3,501 - total passing yards by UNC in 2012, a school record.
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