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UNC/ECU: Keys to the Game

The Pirates have to win the battle up front on both offense and defense. Defensively, ECU faced one of the top offensive lines in the country two weeks ago against South Carolina and held their own. Last week, with the return of big Terry Williams, the defensive line played even better and held 17th-ranked Virginia Tech to 7 first half points and 21 for the game. (Bonesville.net)

Five questions to ponder before kickoff

Does UNC’s defense have an answer for ECU’s Shane Carden? After throwing for 427 yards and accounting for four more scores last week against Virginia Tech, the Pirates’ senior quarterback is poised for yet another big game against a UNC defense that has surrendered an average of 427.5 yards in their first two games against Liberty and San Diego State. (Wilmington Star News)

Six storylines: UNC vs. ECU

Coming into the season, the biggest question mark for the North Carolina offense was the inexperience along the offensive line. Heading into their first road game of the year, the offensive line will be without Landon Turner, their leader and most experienced player, who is out due to injury. True freshman Jared Cohen will fill in at right guard during Turner’s absence. (Carolina Blue)

ACC viewer's guide: Week 4

UNC at ECU, 3:30 pm, ESPNU: A shootout between Marquise Williams and Shane Carden could be on the horizon. And given UNC's upcoming slate -- at Clemson, Virginia Tech, at Notre Dame -- it better hope it can keep up this time around. UNC now has 10 non-offensive touchdowns since last season, tied for the second-best mark in the nation during that span. (ESPN.com)

Will Tar Heels take their ‘little brother’ seriously this time?

The Pirates 55-31 pounding of the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill was anything but a fluke. But even after getting outgained 603-465 and being dominated in every phase of the game, UNC’s players still couldn’t bring themselves to admit that they’d been beaten by a better team. (Wilmington Star News)

UNC-ECU Preview

Prior to accepting the head coaching job at his Alma Mater, Ruffin McNeill held mostly defensive coaching positions over the last three decades, while Fedora has worked in more offensive-minded capacities. Over the years, both coaches have had a long history of being pitted against each other. (Inside ECU Sports)

UNC journalism school ranked 3rd

Creative course offerings like 'Voice and Diction' and 'Blogging, Smart Mobs, and We the Media' demonstrate UNC's focus on training the next generation. “Our faculty are constantly focused on what’s coming next,” junior Lincoln Pennington said. “The faculty really push students to be prepared for what’s coming and how to lead the evolution.” The Reese News Lab drives this evolution by testing new ideas as “pre-startups.” (College Magazine)

Ackley Homers Twice, Seager Once as Mariners Top Astros

Dustin Ackley hit two solo homers, and Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager each hit three-run shots as the Seattle Mariners cruised to a 10-5 win over the Houston Astros on Friday night. Ackley homered in the third and eighth innings for his second career multihomer game for the Mariners, who entered the day one game back for the second AL wild card spot. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Larry Fedora knows ECU better than most

Larry Fedora says this is the best East Carolina football team he's ever seen — and he's sure seen a bunch. This will be the seventh season in a row Fedora will face the Pirates. Back at Southern Miss, he played them every year, and he's done the same each of his three seasons at North Carolina. "They've gotten better every year," Fedora said. "They really have." (USA Today)

Top-Ranked UNC Men's Soccer Falls 2-1 At Duke

No. 1 UNC fell 2-1 at Duke Friday at Koskinen Stadium. UNC had its four-match winning streak snapped when Duke scored twice in the second half to overcome a 1-0 lead the Tar Heels enjoyed at the half. "Our guys got tired legs at the end of the match. We had a mid-week game at William & Mary and they (Duke) didn't so that may have been a factor," said UNC coach Carlos Somoano. (GoHeels.com)

Opinion: UNC should consider options to improve tailgating

With two night games already in the books, this year’s football season has started well for the UNC fan base. Night games allow for much longer tailgates and generally create a more exciting vibe for fans. There is room for improvement in UNC’s football game day culture. (Daily Tar Heel)

Preview & Prediction: UNC at East Carolina

UNC's best hope in this game might be simply keeping pace and then bank on a couple of turnovers or perhaps a strong stand or two by the defense. There shouldn't be any question about motivation. UNC returns most of the roster who watched ECU roll roughshod over the Tar Heels in Kenan Stadium last season. This is a tough chore. Prediction: UNC 41 ECU 38 (Tar Heel Blog)

Countdown to Kickoff: East Carolina

No. 25 North Carolina will travel to a sold-out Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday (3:30pm/ESPNU) with intent to scrub the memory of last season’s blowout home loss to East Carolina. The Tar Heels (2-0) are a Vegas underdog for just the fifth time under Larry Fedora as the Pirates (2-1) are favored by three points. UNC leads the overall series, 12-3-1. (Inside Carolina)

UNC at ECU Preview

On Saturday, the UNC defense is prepared to make amends for what senior safety Tim Scott deemed an “embarrassing” performance — ECU’s 55-31 win at Kenan Stadium. But while the memory of last year will provide plenty of motivation, that won’t make it any easier when the Tar Heels (2-0) visit a sold-out Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday (3:32 p.m., ESPNU). (Durham Herald-Sun)

Video: Marquise Williams - Older and Wiser

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