"At the beginning of the game, I thought it was going to be a shootout," Yates said.
But the next time the scoreboard changed was when Lewis hit Wright again, this time for a four-yard score that put the Blue Devils up 14-7 a minute into the fourth quarter.
The play capped an 88-yard scoring drive that lasted more than seven minutes and included three third-down conversions.
The Tar Heels couldn't match that until putting together a nine-play, 72-yard drive - made up entirely of running plays - that ended with a seven-yard touchdown run by Little to tie the score at 14 with 7:09 to go in the game.
Outside of having sophomore Hakeem Nicks break the school record for single-season receptions, there wasn't much positive about UNC's passing game.
"We were trying to throw the ball more in the first half," said Yates, who had just 75 yards passing and a pair of interceptions. "It worked well on the first drive, then it stalled out."
Were it not for Little's emergence, Balmer, Taylor and the rest of the seniors might not have had much to be thankful for.
"I wanted to play hard for them," Little said. "It ends the season on a positive note."