There's winning ugly.
And then there's winning like Maryland's new uniforms -- in hideous fashion.
UNC probably would have given the game ball to Butch Davis again, but it might have fumbled it away in the process. The Tar Heels had five turnovers in their win against Rutgers and nine penalties. They lost two fumbles (it could've been much worse), and Bryn Renner threw three interceptions. A far cry from last week's near-perfect performance.
Fortunately for UNC, they were playing Rutgers, which was predicted to finish last in the Big East, and not Virginia Tech.
The good news for UNC? The Tar Heels are 2-0 under interim coach Everett Withers. And, despite the mistakes, they look like they have reloaded on defense.
North Carolina survived this one. The Heels and their fans can finally exhale after a win that was made far more difficult than it needed to be. With back-to-back games against Coastal Division opponents looming, though, it's clear UNC has some work to do this week.