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Russell Athletic Bowl: Briles, Baylor committed to run game in way nobody could have imagined

Give Art Briles a few weeks to come up with something, and, well, he'll come up with something. Against North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl, Baylor committed to the run in a way that nobody (especially UNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik) could have imagined. Everybody but big LaQuan McGowan took a snap behind center, it seemed, and five players combined to rush 82 times for 651 yards. (SB Nation)

Fedora: "They set a new standard"

Tuesday's loss in the Russell Athletic Bowl ended a great UNC season where the Heels went 11-3 and won the ACC Coastal Division. It was an amazing turn around from a 2014's 6-7 season where the team was fractured, inconsistent, and loss on defense. "We had a lot of positive things happen with this football team this year," head coach Larry Fedora said in the press conference after the loss. (Carolina Blue)

No. 10 Tar Heels aim to keep building on 11-win season

UNC ended the season with a loss in the ACC championship game followed by another setback against Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Still, the 10th-ranked Tar Heels can savor their best season in roughly two decades. UNC (11-3) matched a program record for wins, won the ACC Coastal Division, and swept instate league opponents by double-digit margins. (Yahoo! Sports)

Marquise Williams: "I am too blessed to be stressed"

After the loss to Baylor, Marquise Williams commented on the season and looked to UNC's future as a football program. "I am always going to be positive," he said. "I am always going to smile because I am blessed. I have an opportunity to play with one of the best teams. My teammates and my brothers...I am too blessed to be stressed." (Carolina Blue)

Video: Russell Athletic Bowl Game Ball Parachute Jump

First-person video from the SOCOM Paracommandos as they parachute the Russell Athletic Bowl game ball into the Orlando Citrus Bowl stadium prior to UNC's game against Baylor. View Video...

Nothing but respect from Heels for Baylor run attack

Baylor came into this one playing its third string quarterback. The team's best wide receiver was injured. So Art Briles decided to snap the ball to 5 different guys and just run the ball. They did that with great success, rushing for more yards than any other team has ever done in a bowl game. Count Larry Fedora, an offense guy, among the impressed. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Video: Larry Fedora Post-Baylor Press Conference

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora and quarterback Marquise Williams speak with media following UNC's 49-38 loss to Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl. View Video...

UNC-Baylor Postgame Notes

UNC finished the season with a number of single-season school records: Most points (570), most points per game (40.7), most yards of total offense (6,817), most yards per game (486.9), most yards per play (7.3), most touchdowns (73), most first downs (335), most yards rushing (3,142), most yards per rush (6.0), most rushing touchdowns (40), most yards passing (3,675) and most touchdown passes (31). (Carolina Blue)

Larry Fedora Post-Baylor Quotes & Audio

Larry Fedora: "We had a lot of positive things happen with this football team this year and we came a long way when we think back to where we were Jan. 6 about our program and what was going with our program from the outside. I couldn't be more proud of this football team. Our senior class...set a new standard for the guys in that locker room.” (Inside Carolina)

Tar Heels upbeat despite bowl game loss to Baylor

There was disappointment from the Tar Heels after the game, but positivity was far more prevalent. Marquise Williams spoke of being 'too blessed to be stressed', the opportunity to lead this team having been the ultimate joy and privilege in his mind. Shakeel Rashad thanked the underclassmen for helping create such a memorable season. (ABC 11)

Bears Gash UNC on the Ground

Baylor exploited UNC’s season-long weakness, rushing 84 times at 7.7 yards-per-carry. The Tar Heels had allowed 216.8 rushing yards per game through their first 13 games, including 627 rushing yards combined in their last two outings. The Bears sprinted past the previous rushing records allowed by UNC, outdistancing Oklahoma’s 495 yards in 1980 by 150. (Inside Carolina)

Bears best Tar Heels in season finale

“We didn’t get it done, obviously,” Larry Fedora said. “I give Baylor a lot of credit for what they accomplished, they were the better team out there on the field. I didn’t believe they’d run for 645 yards, I didn’t ever think that.” The Bears were simply the better team, but that’s not what the Tar Heels took from this one. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Baylor reminds Tar Heels how far they still have to go to become elite

For all the strides the Tar Heels made by airing their grievances and fixing their broken chemistry 12 months ago, a development that played a major role in their record-tying 11 wins this season, coach Larry Fedora’s team was reminded in its last two games that it still has more work to do physically on defense to be able to compete on even terms with the nation’s elite. (Wilmington Star News)

Turner's Take: A New Standard

It's unfortunate that the last time we saw the 2015 Tar Heels came in a 49-38 loss, because Tuesday night's game was not reflective of the remarkable season put forth by this Carolina team. This team will not be defined by a single night. Rather, this team will be defined by its entire body of work. By a school record-tying 11-win season. By a first-ever Coastal Division championship. (GoHeels.com)

Costly 14 point swing dooms Heels

North Carolina trailed Baylor 35-24 midway through the third quarter. With the ball on their side of the field UNC needed a big drive and a score to keep it close, while preventing the Bears from increasing their lead. Elijah Hood put the Heels in great position to do that. (Carolina Blue)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Baylor: 49
Tue, Dec 29 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia
Sat, Sep 3, TBD

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, TBD

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9

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