North Carolina's Chazz Surratt (12) warms up prior to Saturday's 47-35 loss to No. 17 Louisville. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
North Carolina got at least one positive from Saturday's 47-35 loss to No. 17 Louisville. The Tar Heels' quarterback play took a solid step forward from a season-opening loss to California as it continues searching for the permanent replacement for No. 2 overall NFL draft pick Mitch Trubisky.
Redshirt freshman Chazz Surratt started over Week 1 starter Brandon Harris and completed 12 of 14 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. He didn't play in the second half after taking an early hit to his back that caused growing discomfort down his right leg.
Surratt spent much of the second half on an exercise bike, though he said he could've returned. Harris, an LSU graduate transfer who had a mistake-filled opener, looked much sharper than a week earlier and threw for 216 yards and a score.
Surratt, who threw more downfield this week, first connected with Brandon Fritts for a 1-yard score midway through the first quarter.
Surratt found Fritts again for a 5-yard score midway through the second quarter.
"I thought we did a good job," Surratt said. "We were on tempo. We were executing all the plays called. We just got in a little rhythm there."
Harris had two interceptions and overthrew a sure TD last week, but was much more on-target when he hit Thomas Jackson for a 22-yard pass and a 28-27 lead late in the third.
"Everybody made a big deal about it," Harris said of last week. "The thing is, man, I haven’t played with these guys before ever in life. These are not the same players I once had. This is not the same offense I once played in. ... At the end of the day it’s about relaxing and playing football."
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