It is obvious what the 6'4", 194-pound Davenport brings to the Tar Heels: an evasiveness that Keldorf lacks and the ability to make a positive play from a negative one. Never mind that Davenport completed 12 of 14 passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns and that Keldorf was eight for 12 for 42 yards. Davenport created action. Close your eyes and you can see him escaping Florida State's pass rush on Nov. 8.
Coaches constantly agonize over having two good quarterbacks at their disposal. Brown promised last Saturday only to "reevaluate the position," but surely he sensed the leadership his players felt when Davenport was in the game. "Oscar has this energy in the huddle," says senior running back Jonathan Linton. "He runs onto the field, and you just feel him in there."
So Davenport kept North Carolina's season of high hopes from falling apart. "I guess it was on my shoulders, wasn't it?" he said long after the game. A small boy handed him a baseball cap. Davenport signed his name and jersey number, handed it back and laughed at the gods.