Lucas: Rapid Reactions - NC StateSomething very unexpected appeared to happen at Kenan Stadium on Saturday: it looked like the Tar Heels spent so much energy on defeating Duke that they had absolutely nothing left for NC State. That’s the reverse of what has traditionally happened in the post-Spurrier era, as UNC-State has surpassed UNC-Duke as Carolina’s football rivalry of note. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Larry Fedora Post-NC State Press ConferenceNorth Carolina coach Larry Fedora addresses the media following the Tar Heels' 35-7 loss to NC State on November 29, 2014.
Video: Dre' Bly Hall of Fame RecognitionCornerback Dre Bly returns to Chapel Hill and receives a warm welcome as he is inducted into the college football Hall of Fame on November 29, 2014.
Video: Quinshad Davis Ties UNC School Record for Receiving TouchdownsQuinshad Davis catches this touchdown from Mitch Trubisky to tie Hakeem Nicks for the most receiving touchdowns in UNC history on November 29, 2014
NC State rolls past North Carolina 35-7Jacoby Brissett and Shadrach Thornton each ran for touchdowns in huge rushing performances while NC State's defense overwhelmed North Carolina in a 35-7 win Saturday. Brissett ran for a career-best 167 yards while Thornton ran for 161 more for the Wolfpack, part of a 388-yard ground game that set a physical tone from the outset. (ESPN.com)
Box Score: NC State 35, North Carolina 7View the complete box score from North Carolina's 35-7 loss to NC State Saturday in Chapel Hill. (View Box Score)
Video: UNC-NC State Pregame Motivational VideoRe-live some of the most dramatic moments in UNC-NC State history, look back at the win over Duke and get ready for Saturday's big game against the Wolfpack in this pre-game motivational video from the UNC Football Video crew.
Five questions to ponder before kickoffWill N.C. State’s Hakim Jones live to regret his comments about UNC quarterback Marquise Williams? The Wolfpack safety may have intentionally been poking the proverbial hornet’s nest when he described Williams as “very hesitant” as a runner and accused the Tar Heel quarterback of quitting “after you hit him a few times.” (Wilmington Star News)
Rising superstar coach Kyle Ralph wins in 4AThe search is over. I've found him, my Next Big Thing in the high school football coaching ranks, and his name is Kyle Ralph, and he's the head coach of newly anointed state champion New Palestine, which overwhelmed New Prairie 77-42 Friday in the Class 4A title game at Lucas Oil Stadium, the most combined points in IHSAA championship-game history. (Indianapolis Star)
Countdown to Kickoff: N.C. StateNorth Carolina looks to close out the 2014 regular season with its fifth win in six games by extending its winning streak over rival N.C. State to three games at Kenan Stadium on Saturday (12:30pm/ACCN). UNC is favored by six points in the 104th meeting between these programs. The Tar Heels lead the all-time series, 65-32-6, and have won 13 of the last 21. (Inside Carolina)
Carolina Hosts NC State In Home FinaleFor the second consecutive week, North Carolina plays an in-state rival when the Tar Heels play host to NC State on Saturday, Nov. 29. The game will be televised by the ACC Network and will kickoff at 12:30 p.m. from Kenan Stadium. Carolina will seek to extend its current two-game win streak over the Wolfpack. Head coach Larry Fedora is 2-0 against NC State. (GoHeels.com)
Preview: UNC players excited for rivalry gameUNC quarterback Marquise Williams couldn’t help but laugh. Monday N.C. State safety Hakim Jones told reporters that if you hit Williams a few times “he basically almost quits because he doesn’t like to get hit.” Williams and his teammates laughed off the comments, choosing to let their play Saturday speak for UNC and Williams’ toughness. (Carolina Blue)
Tar Heels host Wolfpack in regular-season finaleBoth UNC and NC State shook free from a rough midseason stretch to become bowl eligible. They finish the regular season with Saturday's 104th meeting in their long rivalry, with each determined to ensure themselves a winning record and improve their bowl destinations. "When we get down to a rivalry game, it's not just another game," UNC coach Larry Fedora said. "It's different. It really is." (WRAL Sports Fan)
Arkansas St coach Blake Anderson finds work, life balanceAnderson was hired last year as Arkansas State's fifth coach in the last five seasons. The former North Carolina offensive coordinator had the expected coaching progression on his resume, from humble beginnings in the junior college ranks to his eventual time with the Tar Heels. However, there was one notable exception — a two-season gap without football of any kind from 2005-06. (Associated Press)
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs NC StateNC State is fairly pedestrian across the board statistically speaking but if the Tar Heel defense of the whole season shows up, the Wolfpack could exceed expectations. The question is whether last week's defensive fortitude was an outlier or if the Tar Heels are finally grasping how to play effective defense? If it is the latter, then UNC could cruise through this game as it did against Duke. (Tar Heel Blog)
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