2001 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
1234 Total
North Carolina 7360 16
Auburn 00010 10
DateDecember 31, 2001
Season2001
StadiumGeorgia Dome
LocationAtlanta, Georgia
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN
AnnouncersRon Franklin and John Madden
Peach Bowl
 < 2000  2002

The 2001 Peach Bowl featured the North Carolina Tar Heels and Auburn Tigers.[1]

Background

North Carolina, in the first season under new head coach John Bunting, started their season by losing the first three games of the year. However, they rebounded with five wins in a row (which included wins over #6 Florida State and #13 Clemson). This was followed by losses to #23 Georgia Tech (while ranked) and Wake Forest before closing out the regular season with two straight wins. This was the first bowl appearance for North Carolina in three years along with their fifth appearance in the Peach Bowl. The Tigers won six of their first seven games, which included a win over #1 ranked Florida. However, after being ranked #17, they would lose three of their next four games, with a December loss to LSU costing them the chance to a second straight SEC Championship Game. This was their third ever appearance in the Peach Bowl.

Game summary

North Carolina scored on a 10-yard Willie Parker touchdown run, as UNC led 7–0 after one quarter of play. In the second quarter, Jeff Reed kicked a 22-yard field goal, extending North Carolina's lead to 10–0. In the third quarter, quarterback Ronald Curry scored on a 62-yard touchdown run giving North Carolina a 16–0 lead. In the fourth quarter, Damon Duval kicked a 34-yard field goal, and Daniel Cobb threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Lorenzo Diamond, as Auburn made the final score 16–10.[1]

Statistical leaders

Passing

Rushing

References

  1. ^ a b "North Carolina vs. Auburn". USA Today. December 31, 2001. Retrieved March 22, 2019.