The Tar Heels comeback fell short as a potential game-winning touchdown was dropped in the end zone on fourth down by Erik Highsmith. Louisville wins 39-34.
Quarterback Bryn Renner tied a UNC school record with five touchdown passes but his 363-yards wasn't enough to overcome a first half 36-7 deficit.
Backup running back Romar Morris had a career day filling in for injured starter Gio Bernard. The redshirt freshman led all players with 149 yards receiving and two touchdowns on 5 catches.
The Salisbury (N.C.) native also blocked a punt which immediately led to a Eric Ebron touchdown reception to cut the Louisville lead to 11 with over 8 minutes to go.
A 50-yard catch, run and score by Morris set up a final Tar Heel drive which stalled on the 6-yard line after the contested drop by Highsmith with close coverage by Louisville cornerback Andrew Johnson.