Erik Highsmith should not feel that his failure to make the play was the reason for the UNC football team's loss. Although it would have been a clutch play leading to a somewhat miraculous comeback, Highsmith is only one man on a team of many players. It makes sense that Highsmith would feel regretful, but we must remember that the team as a whole allowed the Lousiville Cardinals to gain an unforgivable 36-7 lead by the end of the first half. Most people watching the game on television had already turned it off by that point. I think the UNC football team showed that they have heart and a lot of potential by coming so close to completing the comeback.
Erik Highsmith shouldn't let this game bring him down. It's unfortunate how much pressure is placed on these young men to win, and as a former athlete I understand what he is going through. But what he has to remember is that he is part of a team; collectively, their teamwork will determine the outcome of a game, not the work of an individual player. Each game should be a learning experience for the players to perform better for the next game. The team looked great this weekend playing against Virginia Tech, effectively demonstrating how a loss or two could help the team learn by experience instead of getting down on themselves.
Most people watching the game on television had already turned it off by that point.