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Hicks' 202 yards lead Rutgers over Tar Heels in Quick Lane Bowl

Josh Hicks ran for 202 yards and a touchdown and Rutgers beat North Carolina 40-21 on Friday night in the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field. Gary Nova threw for 184 yards and two touchdowns, and Robert Martin ran for 100 yards and two scores to help the Scarlet Knights (8-5) cap their first Big Ten season. Hicks was selected the player of the game. (ESPN.com)

Bowl Bits: Rutgers 40, North Carolina 21

I suppose it was fun to see Rutgers' ground game cut valleys through North Carolina's defense, but the atmosphere in the Detroit Lions' stadium was uninspiring and the play, at times, was the same. This game is an encouraging finish for Rutgers and leaves North Carolina with plenty of questions regarding the future of its defense. (CBS Sports)

Video: UNC-Rutgers Game Highlights

View complete game highlights from North Carolina's 40-21 loss to Rutgers at the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit, Michigan on Friday. View Video...

Turner's Take: Rapid Reactions - Rutgers

Larry Fedora told Jones Angell before the Quick Lane Bowl kicked off that the Tar Heels would have to play with great energy on both sides of the ball, would have to come out and play smart, fast and physical, and they’d be fine. They weren’t fine. Rutgers punched the Tar Heels in the mouth on the first drive, and then the Tar Heels couldn’t get out of their own way. (GoHeels.com)

Box Score: Rutgers 40, North Carolina 21

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 40-21 loss to Rutgers at the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit on Friday: (View Box Score)

Three things to watch in Quick Lane Bowl

North Carolina and Rutgers love to utilize their passing attack to win football games. Gary Nova and Marquise Williams have combined for 40 touchdown passes this season and should add to that total on Friday night. With such a heavy reliance on offense, whoever can get off the field quicker on defense could decide the winner of the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl, but that hasn't been an easy task. (Detroit Free Press)

Quick Lane Bowl scouting report: Rutgers vs. North Carolina

North Carolina aims to snap the ball every 12 or 13 seconds, which doesn't leave much time for a defense to get set, let alone substitute as Rutgers likes to do along the defensive line. Rutgers has five seniors playing their final game alongside four other second-year starters and will count on experience to eliminate some of the confusion caused by making calls on the fly with little time between plays for adjustments. (Asbury Park Press)

UNC hopes to end 2014 season on high note in Quick Lane Bowl

Perhaps Larry Fedora put it best. The third-year North Carolina football coach opened his team's press conference leading up to its appearance in Friday's inaugural Quick Lane Bowl with quite an honest statement. "Our kids are really looking forward to another football game," said Fedora on Tuesday. (Daily Tar Heel)

Five things: UNC in the Quick Lane Bowl

North Carolina faces off against Rutgers on Friday in Detroit's Quick Lane Bowl. The Tar Heels will be look to move to 7-6, finish 2014 out on a winning note, and gain momentum heading in 2015 and spring practice. With the future in mind here are five things to look for in UNC's last game of the season. (Carolina Blue)

Viewer's Guide: Quick Lane Bowl

After a college football-less Christmas Day, the action gets going again Friday with three bowl games for your enjoyment, the second of which pits Rutgers versus North Carolina in the Quick Lane Bowl at 4:30 p.m. ET (ESPN) at Ford Field in Detroit. The first week of bowl season has been eventful and this game looks like a potential fun one. Let’s take a glance at what’s in store: (ESPN.com)

Tudor: Koenning gone, but UNC defensive obstacles remain

If former coordinator Vic Koenning really was the problem with UNC’s defense during the 2014 football regular season, the Tar Heels should have a decent chance to contain and conquer Rutgers in the Quick Lane Bowl Friday in Detroit. The 54-year-old Koenning is gone, dismissed from third-year head coach Larry Fedora’s staff following a 35-7 loss to NC State in Chapel Hill. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Dismal Day for Carolina in 1950 Cotton Bowl

When UNC Head Football Coach Carl Snavely arrived at his 215 Woollen Gym office on Wednesday, November 23, 1949, a New Year’s bowl game was not on his radar. After all, Carolina had lost 3 games during the season and two of those losses were decisive: Notre Dame 42 to 6 in Yankee Stadium and Tennessee 35 to 6 in Kenan Stadium. Coach was concentrating on the upcoming game with Virginia three days away. Then, the phone rang and everything changed. (A View to Hugh)

Quick Lane Bowl: Which defense, North Carolina or Rutgers, will step up?

Rutgers and North Carolina each allow more than 30 points per game, so the Quick Lane Bowl has the potential to be a high-scoring affair. The Scarlet Knights (7-5), in their first season in the Big Ten, overcame a defense that gave up 30.9 points per game and managed to win seven games, including three in conference play. (Yahoo! Sports)

Quick Lane Bowl Preview: UNC vs Rutgers

The Tar Heels will attempt to end a roller coaster season on a high note in the Quick Lane Bowl against B1G foe Rutgers. UNC will also be looking to finish with a winning record for a seventh straight season and collect a second straight bowl win which hasn't happened since the Mack Brown era. Prediction: UNC 42 Rutgers 35 (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC hopes quick start leads to Quick Lane win

Film study will show Rutgers’ guys that UNC’s defense could become particularly vulnerable if the Scarlet Knights land the first punches Friday during the Quick Lane Bowl. UNC (6-6) needs this game to ensure a winning season. The Tar Heels have a demonstrated ability for finding the end zone with an offense that’s averaging 425.4 total yards and 34.2 points per game. (Durham Herald-Sun)

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, 5:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, 7:30 ET BTN Tickets

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, 3:30 ET RSN Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Pittsburgh6-28-4
Miami5-38-5
Duke4-48-5
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Virginia3-54-8
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
Louisville5-38-5
NC State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9

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