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Four minutes in blue heaven

For four minutes in Kenan Stadium Saturday night, all was as it was supposed to be. A nationally ranked opponent was beating up on an FCS school by playing its signature smart, fast and physical football. As the clock wound down in the third quarter, No. 23 North Carolina was en route to a 56-29 season-opening win against Liberty and everything was peachy. (Carolina Blue)

Defense bounces back for strong second half

At halftime of their season opening game against Liberty, the No. 23 Tar Heels were winning 21-15. But, the problems went beyond only leading the FCS-level Flames by six points. The UNC defense had let up 240 total yards, was getting no pressure on Liberty’s quarterback and was allowing the Flames to convert half of their third downs. Then, halftime happened. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels Extinguish Flames 56-29

The No. 23 North Carolina football team used a 28-point offensive explosion in a 3:49 span in the third quarter to seize control in a 56-29 victory over Liberty in the home opener, improving to 1-0 on the young 2014 season. With the loss, the Flames dropped to 0-1 on the season and will return to FCS competition. (Chapelboro.com)

Defense Sparks UNC in Win Over Liberty

No. 23 North Carolina’s defense turned a deficit into a blowout during an oppressive third quarter stand in Saturday’s 56-29 win over Liberty. The Flames trailed 21-15 at halftime despite posting the more impressive offensive statistics. Turner Gill’s squad outgained UNC by a 240-214 margin, averaged 5.7 yards per play and controlled the clock by a 6:34 advantage. (Inside Carolina)

Video: Larry Fedora Post-Liberty Press Conference

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora discusses the Tar Heels' 56-29 victory over Liberty Saturday at Kenan Stadium. View Video...

Video: UNC Men's Basketball Takes The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The North Carolina men's basketball team completes the ALS ice bucket challenge in front of the Tar Pit during UNC's season-opening football game vs. Liberty. View Video...

Recap & Analysis: UNC 56 Liberty 29

In what could be described as an up and down game for UNC, the Heels struggled a bit on both sides of the ball before a 28 point third quarter fueled Carolina to a 56-29 win over the Liberty Flames. On the quarterback question, both played well enough with Mitch Trubisky looking better from a mechanics standpoint but Marquise Williams showing a little more comfort with the game itself. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: UNC Football Highlights vs. Liberty

View complete game highlights from North Carolina's 56-29 win over the Liberty Flames Saturday at Kenan Stadium View Video...

It was a win, but it was messy

In Chapel Hill, North Carolina's box score read like a comfortable win over an over matched Liberty Flames squad playing up a level against a ranked opponent. In reality, the Tar Heels were fortunate winners because Larry Fedora will have a lot to correct when they get to practice. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC overcomes slow start with dominant third-quarter in 56-29 victory against Liberty

North Carolina sputtered for long stretches on Saturday night against Liberty – a botched punt that led to a safety, a confounding penalty that led to a touchdown, a fumble that led directly to another. Midway through the third quarter, the Tar Heels were losing against a lower-division opponent. Kenan Stadium was silent. Doubt, perhaps, was creeping in. And then everything changed. (Charlotte Observer)

Video: Jeff Schoettmer's "Pick Six" vs. Liberty

North Carolina junior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer picks off the pass and runs a 19-yard touchdown. It was Schoettmer's first career interception and touchdown. View Video...

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Liberty

The quarterback comparison: Marquise Williams went 19-for-29 for 169 yards and a pair of touchdowns to go with two interceptions, and Mitch Trubisky went 10-for-16 for 66 yards and a score with one interception. Neither QB was especially sharp. "We had too many interceptions, I can tell you that," Fedora said on the THSN." (GoHeels.com)

No. 23 Tar Heels beat Flames 56-29 in opener

Marquise Williams accounted for four touchdowns while Jeff Schoettmer returned an interception for a score during North Carolina's game-turning flurry, helping the No. 23 Tar Heels beat Liberty 56-29 on Saturday night. Schoettmer's 19-yard return came during a run of four touchdowns in fewer than 4 minutes, which jolted the Tar Heels out of a sluggish and mistake-prone performance in the season opener. (ESPN.com)

Video: Mack Hollins TD from Marquise Williams vs Liberty

North Carolina sophomore wide receiver Mack Hollins scores his first career touchdown on a 33-yard screen pass from Marquise Williams. View Video...

Box Score: North Carolina 56, Liberty 29

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 56-29 season-opening victory over the Liberty Flames Saturday in Kenan Stadium: (View Box Score)

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