Well… not much. The Hurricanes traveled to Dallas hoping to build off of last year's incredible season, but ended up falling flat against a very talented LSU team. On the bright side, football season is back (finally), and the Canes will have plenty of chances to make up for their performance.
One major positive from the game would be the play of redshirt senior defensive lineman, Gerald Willis III. After missing the entire 2017 season taking a leave of absence to better himself off the field, Willis returned and was dominant on the defensive. With four tackles for loss, eight total tackles, one sack, and one pass breakup, Willis earned ACC defensive player of the week honors. It's nice to see him back on the field and performing at a high level.
Instead of focusing on the play of the team, which would be no fun at all… let’s focus on the referees, who were horrible during the whole game. Sophomore cornerback Trajan Bandy was ejected early in first quarter for targeting, and UM fans weren't the only ones who noticed the bogus call:
Along with the targeting call, the refs also awarded LSU with a catch on the 1-yard that was clearly dropped. Since the refs didn't feel like reviewing the play, LSU was basically given a short touchdown early in the second quarter, during a game that was still close to call.
The Silver Lining:
For the opening game, UM partnered with Adidas to reveal their brand new environmentally conscious uniforms. These are the first football uniforms ever to be made up of repurposed and upcycled materials.
The idea emerged from UM's partnership with Parley for The Oceans, and all proceeds from uniform sales will go to the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Despite the score, it's great to see the Hurricanes doing what they can to protect the environment and promote sustainability. Check out the official Hurricanes Sports website for the full story on the uniforms, and watch the official video here.