It's difficult to pinpoint exactly when the game turned against Rutgers on Thursday ... no wait, here it is. Perhaps ESPN's decision to scan the crowd following Mike Teel's badly-thrown interception was not wise. But this is why we love live TV. If you'd like to savor the moment in video, it follows the jump.
Speculation on background of Rutgers flipping-the-bird kid: • Major: Animal husbandry. • First time ever giving the finger in public. • Girlfriend: No. • Favorite weekend activity: Driving the mini race cars at the Fairway Golf Center. • Parents' names: Brock and Tina. • Grew up in: Franklin Lakes, or possibly Upper Saddle River. • At least one Harry Potter poster in dorm room: Yes. You've gotta hand it to Butch Davis. North Carolina hadn't won a game outside of the state since 2002, so scheduling Rutgers — led by a known quantity in his former Miami assistant, Greg Schiano — was a nice way to get back into the win column. T.J. Yates had a banner evening, throwing for three touchdowns in the 44-12 stomping. Player to watch: UNC's Brandon Tate, who caught a 69-yard TD pass and also scored on a 12-yard end around. North Carolina Shames Rutgers On National TV [NBCSports] Rutgers Student Gives ESPN The Middle Finger During North Carolina Game [Larry Brown Sports]