North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora really, really didn't like a call. And with his Tar Heels sitting on their own 7-yard-line against Georgia on Saturday, Fedora drew a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct. That's half the distance to the goal, so the Heels backed up to their own 3. Then they threw a screen pass for who knows what reason.
Safety, and a 24-21 lead cut to 24-23 with the ball in Georgia's hands.
What steamed Fedora and pushed back his players was a penalty officials called on North Carolina for an ineligible receiver downfield. The play was pretty close, but the Heels were flagged for having a player slightly farther upfield than he should've been, in the officials' eyes. Fedora didn't like this, and he got angry.
Ineligible men downfield has always been a tricky penalty, because it's not always emphasized with the same rigor across the sport. But Fedora didn't come at this very well, and he got his team moved backward to such a point that it really hurt.
Of course, this wouldn't have been such a big deal if the Heels didn't then call a screen pass to the sideline from inside their own end zone, but that's another matter altogether.
Coaches can now be tossed out of games for two unsportsmanlike conducts, so Fedora ought to be careful.