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Video: Giovani Bernard takes screen pass, goes 61 yards for TD

With a big lead, poor field position and time running out in the first half, it only seemed logical that the Cincinnati Bengals would run the clock against the Cleveland Browns. Giovani Bernard had other ideas. The running back took a screen pass from Andy Dalton and sprinted to the end zone untouched for a 61-yard touchdown. (Sportsnaut)

Fedora Coaching Surratt for Today, Not Tomorrow

Chazz Surratt is only five games into his redshirt freshman season, but Larry Fedora is not thinking about the long term when it comes to his starting quarterback. Surratt’s youth and inexperience were on display during North Carolina’s 33-7 loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday. “It was not his best game, but he’s still progressing,” Fedora told the media on Monday. (Inside Carolina)

Julius Peppers, 37, puts some old-man perspective on Panthers’ victory over Patriots

Julius Peppers has played in 228 regular-season games over his 16 seasons. Sunday was just another one. Yes, the Carolina Panthers beat the defending Super Bowl champions on their own (soft) turf, and did so in dramatic fashion. “It’s early. This is only the fourth game. We’ve got a lot of football left to play,” Peppers said after Sunday’s 33-30 victory over the Patriots. (Charlotte Observer)

UNC's Offense Pared Down

UNC is down 13 players due to injury, including six who have started this season. Only freshman wide receiver Dazz Newsome is expected back this season. With so much inexperience at skill positions, led by freshman quarterback Chazz Surratt, Larry Fedora and his offensive staff have been tasked with creating a game plan that is manageable while still effective. (Inside Carolina)

Grey’s Anatomy: Chapel Hill

There are 65 “Power-5” teams. There are a combined 113 players listed as “out for the season” due to injury among those 65 teams. That would give you an average of about 1.7 players per team that are out for the season. How about at UNC? Well, they currently have 15 players listed as “out for the season,” or about nine times more than the national average. (Inside the ACC)

Video: Larry Fedora Monday Pre-Notre Dame Press Conference

North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora meets with the media on Monday to discuss the Tar Heels' loss to Georgia Tech and their upcoming game on Saturday against Notre Dame in Chapel Hill. View Video...

Weekly State of North Carolina Football Coaching Grades

Larry Fedora, UNC, F: The season, like the roster, is badly injured but the 33-7 loss at Georgia Tech should have been more competitive. There are still enough healthy bodies out there to expect the Heels (1-4, 0-3) to break double digits in all 12 games. Fedora admirably took the blame, but there just wasn’t much spunk and spirit for the second straight week. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Chicago Bears will start Mitch Trubisky this week

Rookie first-round draft pick Mitch Trubisky will replace Mike Glennon as the Bears' starting quarterback in next Monday night's game against the Minnesota Vikings at Soldier Field. The Bears traded up one spot in the draft to take Trubisky with the second overall pick, their highest selection since 1951 when they chose Notre Dame quarterback Bob Williams at No. 2. (Chicago Bears)

Five With Fedora: Oct. 2

Which guys on the defense this week looked good on film? Larry Fedora: "We had a lot of guys that played hard and made plays this week. Cayson Collins made a ton of plays for us. He played well and in watching the tape he was all over the field for us. I think he had around twelve tackles. Up the middle I think Aaron Crawford had a good day for us." (GoHeels.com)

How Barry and Becky Switzer became Annie Hanson's Sooner family

Annie Hanson got a call from Larry Fedora to join North Carolina's football program as the director of on-campus recruiting, and in just two years, she ascended from a football-centric position to assistant athletic director. She was solidly on a path to achieving her goal of becoming a collegiate athletic director when she got a call from Lincoln Riley over the summer. (The Oklahoman)

Julius Peppers adds two more sacks against Patriots

Julius Peppers finished with four tackles (two solo) and two sacks Sunday in the Carolina Panthers' 33-30 win over the New England Patriots. Peppers overcame a shoulder injury to suit up Sunday, and all he did while playing was record another couple sacks. The ageless edge-rusher now boasts 4.5 sacks through his first four games back with the Panthers. (CBS Sports)

Ryan Switzer on muffed punt: It’s not the first time and it won’t be the last

Dallas Cowboys returner Ryan Switzer had a forgettable Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams. He fumbled a punt return that led to a Rams touchdown and proved to be a pivotal moment in the game. “I judged it well. It was just one of those instances where as soon as I had it, I took my eyes off to assess where I was and I didn’t end up possessing it cleanly." (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

Extra Points: Rewind

Over three and a half decades, the Tar Heels have played the Yellow Jackets in the shadows of the Atlanta skyscrapers, and the last 20 years have been laborious indeed—with the brawn of the George O'Leary era through the precision of the Paul Johnson regime and its persnickety option attack confounding the Tar . That's 10 visits since 1997 and one lone victory. (GoHeels.com)

Larry Fedora's Offense Sputtering

UNC currently ranks 11th in the ACC (79th nationally) in offensive yards per game (395.2) and ninth in the league (72nd) in yards per play (5.66). As the injuries have mounted the past two weeks, those season statistics shield more recent problems. Against Duke and Georgia Tech, UNC averaged 12 points per game, 5.1 yards per play and 312 yards per game. (Inside Carolina)

The magic gone, Larry Fedora takes the blame after UNC’s lopsided loss at Georgia Tech

By the end of another North Carolina defeat that included another second-half collapse, the magic the Tar Heels accomplished two years ago at Georgia Tech, on this very field, seemed something like a lifetime ago. Then, there was optimism, hope, belief. Now, for UNC, there is failure, fatigue and pain. In two years, the entire dynamic surrounding his program has changed. (Durham Herald-Sun)

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 14
Virginia: 20
Sat, Oct 14 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC @ Virginia Tech
Sat, Oct 21, 3:30 ET ESPN2 Tickets

UNC vs. Miami
Sat, Oct 28, 12:00 ET ABC/ESPN/2 Tickets

UNC @ Pittsburgh
Thu, Nov 9, 7:30 ET ESPN Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Scoreboard
at Florida State0
Saturday 12:00 PM

at Duke0
Saturday 12:20 PM

Boston College0
at Virginia0
Saturday 12:30 PM

at #7 Miami0
Saturday 3:30 PM

North Carolina0
at #14 Virginia Tech0
Saturday 3:30 PM

Wake Forest0
at Georgia Tech0
Saturday 7:30 PM

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(8) Miami3-05-0
Georgia Tech2-13-2
(14) Virginia Tech1-15-1
North Carolina0-41-6

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(16) NC State4-06-1
(7) Clemson4-16-1
Florida State2-22-3
Wake Forest1-24-2
Boston College1-33-4

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