ICTV: Des Lawrence, UNC DBs Getting RudeThe UNC secondary is starting to live up to its "Rude Boys" moniker. With first place on the line against Pittsburgh on Thursday night, UNC's defensive backs were physical in coverage, made aggressive plays on the ball, and delivered big hits. "We just told ourselves that we needed to take this challenge tonight," said Des Lawrence, who had four pass break ups and seven tackles. (Inside Carolina)
UNC Takes the Lead in ACC Coastal DivisionUNC's next game is No. 22 Duke, which hosts disheveled Miami on Saturday. If the Blue Devils win, next weekend will likely mark the first time since 1939 that UNC and Duke have both entered its rivalry game ranked and the first time ever the two programs have played as ranked foes at Kenan Stadium. More importantly, the winner will have a solid hold on the Coastal Division. (Inside Carolina)
UNC holds off Pitt for statement victory in ACC Coastal raceDon’t be shocked if the Tar Heels make their way to Charlotte. North Carolina’s win pushes it to 4–0 in the ACC and earns it sole possession of first place in the Coastal Division. Duke is likewise unbeaten, but it has one fewer win than the Tar Heels. So for the moment, anyway, coach Larry Fedora’s crew looks like the team to beat in the race for the division title. (Sports Illustrated)
Five Thoughts on UNC's 26-19 Win Over PittsburghA year ago the UNC pass defense was much maligned. That's no longer the case thanks in part to the play of cornerbacks Des Lawrence and M.J. Stewart. The latter sat out the last two games serving a suspension after an assault arrest prior to UNC's 50-14 win over Wake Forest. Stewart wasted little time making his presence felt with six tackles, four pass breakups, a sack and tackle for loss. (Tar Heel Blog)
ICTV: Meaningful Win for Marquise Williams, UNCA big win on a big stage. North Carolina seized the opportunity of facing a ranked opponent on primetime national television in beating Pittsburgh, 26-19, on Thursday night. The significance of the win isn't lost on Marquise Williams, whose 322 total yards played a big role in the outcome. "It means a lot," Williams said. (Inside Carolina)
Turner's Take: Fun“How they were going to perform, I didn't know,” Larry Fedora said. “Now, I can’t wait to see them on Saturday or Thursday night. I tell them all the time. ‘I can’t wait to watch you play. Our staff can’t wait to watch you perform.’ We’re excited about these kids and the way they perform and how they care about each other. That’s fun,” he said. “That’s fun.” (GoHeels.com)
Larry Fedora: UNC's Stellar Secondary PlayNorth Carolina’s secondary picked an ideal time to record a new season-high in pass break ups. The eight break ups were a key component of Tar Heels’ 26-19 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday night. “They were all over the ball,” said head coach Larry Fedora after the game. This performance came against one of the most talented wide receivers in the ACC, Tyler Boyd. (Inside Carolina)
Postgame Notes - PittSenior wide receiver Quinshad Davis moved past Hakeem Nicks to become UNC’s all-time leading receiver with 183 receptions. Quarterback Marquise Williams topped 2,000 career rushing yards with a 4-yard run in the first quarter. He finished the game with 52 rushing yards and now has 2,036 in his career, which ranks 13th in school history. (GoHeels.com)
Even with basketball season approaching, it's the UNC football team that's the talk of Chapel HillBy the beginning of November, you can usually find Tar Heel fans at coffee shops, bus stops and break rooms discussing how ready they are for the opening tipoff to the basketball season. But this year, instead of those folks discussing who's going to start at shooting guard for Coach Roy Williams, they're discussing the possibility of the Tar Heels vying for an ACC title. (Campus Rush)
Marquise Williams leads UNC's win over No. 23 PittsburghWhat the win means for North Carolina: The Tar Heels remain atop the Coastal and are now one of just two division teams unbeaten in conference play. Rival Duke is the other -- setting up a huge game Nov. 7 to take control of the Coastal. North Carolina made it look easy in the first half, scoring 20 points on its first four drives. (ESPN.com)
Blunders prove costly for Pitt in loss to North CarolinaThe mistakes arrived in waves that helped to bury Pitt during what could have been its finest hour. With first place in the ACC Coastal Division at stake, Pitt (6-2, 4-1) fumbled its opportunity to gain real relevance and fell to North Carolina, 26-19, at Heinz Field. UNC (7-1, 4-0) assumed Pitt's previous spot atop the division and awaits another showdown next week against Duke (6-1, 3-0). (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Video: Tar Heels Topple Panthers, 26-19 - Game HighlightsNorth Carolina improves to 7-1 (4-0 ACC) on the season with a crucial 26-19 Coastal division win over the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field on October 29, 2015.
Unranked North Carolina in poll position after dominant win over No. 23 PittsburghNorth Carolina was the only one-loss Power 5 team not ranked in this week's college football polls. That will change Sunday. The Tar Heels dominated No. 23 Pittsburgh in a 26-19 win Thursday night at Heinz Field. The win moves North Carolina to 7-1 and, more importantly, places the Heels atop the ACC Coastal Division with a 4-0 conference record. (Sporting News)
Video: UNC Secondary Comes Up Big vs. PittDes Lawrence (7 tackles, 4 PBU, TFL) and M.J. Stewart (3 PBU, sack) lead the Tar Heel secondary to a standout performance against Pittsburgh on October 29, 2015. Safety Donnie Miles also forced a fumble that UNC recovered.
Video: Williams Shakes Off Facemask, Throws Bomb TD to Switzer vs. PittQB Marquise Williams avoids pressure with a stiff arm, shakes off a facemask by the defense and throws this 71-yard touchdown to Ryan Switzer to give the Tar Heels the lead in the win vs. Pittsburgh on October 29th, 2015.
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