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Analysis: UNC defense throttles Aggies

Saturday went off exactly as expected. North Carolina dominated N.C. A&T. But the Tar Heels’ 53-14 win against the Aggies served as another indicator that UNC’s defensive turnaround might be for real. “It is too early,” UNC senior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer said. “We’re excited about the direction we’re headed. Since spring, we’ve been on a climb.” (Greensboro News & Record)

Five With Fedora

Larry Fedora: “My participation in play-calling is in between the series. When we get into a series and we’re rolling in the way that we do, me throwing out a play here and there happens every once in a while based on what I see. But when we’re going up-tempo or in full-speed mode there isn’t time for me to say anything and I don’t want to interrupt the flow of what we’re doing." (Sports Glutton)

Chansky’s Notebook: Cathartic Saturday

It was a well-needed catharsis for the rest of the season. Larry Fedora even played Mitch Trubisky early in a political move he had to make to quell the critics who crowed he should have changed quarterbacks in the second half of the opener. Everyone responded with explosive offense that scored early and often and a shutdown defense against a team that scored 60 points last week. (Chapelboro.com)

Extra Points: At Last

At long last Saturday evening in Kenan Stadium, the Tar Heels returned to the playing field. Their 53-14 win over A&T will be taken in context, as the level of competition from a FCS school isn’t what the Tar Heels will face in Atlanta or Blacksburg. But the A&T victory was a refreshing gargle of Listerine after the bile from the Gamecocks had fomented for nine days. (GoHeels.com)

Video: UNC, NC A&T bands perform together during halftime show

The NC A&T Aggie Band travels to Chapel Hill to salute sensational artist Katy Perry. Look out for the finale, when we share the field with the UNC Marching Tar Heels band in an historic display of unity between two UNC System schools. View Video...

The Good, Bad, and Ugly Report: NC A&T

Coming off the coulda-shoulda-woulda loss to a not-very-good South Carolina team last week, UNC faced an under-manned and over-matched North Carolina A&T team and pretty much met all expectations. The buzz word all week was for Carolina to have a "clean" game and the Heels pretty much delivered. Marquise Williams looked much more comfortable. (Tar Heel Blog)

ACC Week 2 Power Rankings

9. North Carolina (1-1): North Carolina AT&T provided the perfect bounce-back for UNC after a tough opening-weekend loss. Marquise Williams looked more like himself, and the defense continued to look much better than last year’s outfit. Next up: Illinois, which has looked rejuvenated through two weeks under Bill Cubit. (ESPN.com)

UNC shows depth in win over Aggies

Larry Fedora has the innate ability to look to the future, even when times are tough in the present. Many players felt dejected after the loss to South Carolina because they invested so much in the game but were unable to get the job done. Quarterback Marquise Williams even said that he couldn't remember the last time he felt so down about a game. (Carolina Blue)

Browns elevate RB Shaun Draughn to active roster

The Cleveland Browns on Saturday signed running back Shaun Draughn to the active roster from the practice squad. Draughn originally signed with the Browns on Dec. 3, 2014 and appeared in four games as a reserve last season. He has appeared in 30 career games since being signed by Washington as an undrafted free agent in 2011. (Cleveland Browns)

Quietly, Jonathan Cooper ready for first Week 1 start

Admit it: You haven’t really thought about Jonathan Cooper lately. And really, why should you? The Arizona Cardinals’ right guard has, for all intents and purposes, gone through camp playing well enough to leave no doubt at the position. There have been no injuries, no comments from coaches aimed to fire him up, no drama. Cooper will start Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, and that will be that. (Arizona Sports)

Julius Peppers now an elder statesman for the Packers, still feels young

Older, wiser — definitely more experienced — Julius Peppers is looking forward to his 14th NFL season. At 35, Peppers will be the oldest player on the field when the Packers visit the Chicago Bears in the longtime rivals' season opener Sunday. He considers that an honor. "I'm fortunate to be out here with all of these young guys, (so) I don't mind it," the pass-rush specialist said Friday. "In my eyes, it's a good thing." (Associated Press)

North Carolina makes A&T’s first trip to Chapel Hill one to forget

A bridge too far, N.C. A&T’s trip to Carolina was a short journey with a bad ending. Bigger and deeper and with last week’s loss still ringing in its ears, UNC exposed the Aggies early and throughout in a 53-14 shelling at soggy Kenan Stadium. A&T made a harrowing ride from Greensboro to play Carolina for the first time in its history. (Greensboro News & Record)

Elijah Hood punishes North Carolina A&T defense in UNC's home-opening win

During the pivotal moments of North Carolina's 17-13 loss to South Carolina on Sept. 3, running back Elijah Hood was noticeably absent from the field. On Saturday, he was all over it. Hood's impact was unquestioned in UNC's home opener, bruising North Carolina A&T's defense for 56 yards and two scores and rejuvenating the Tar Heels (1-1) in their 53-14 drubbing of the Aggies (1-1). (Daily Tar Heel)

Turner's Take: Stepping Stone

Carolina scored touchdowns on their first three possessions, on five of the first six and six of their first eight. Nine days after scoring a single touchdown in 60 minutes, they scored seven in fewer than 40. Meanwhile, the defense caused three turnovers that led to 14 points. When all was said and done, the Tar Heels had even their record and exorcised some demons. (GoHeels.com)

Team Win Allows Tar Heels to Move Forward

Ten different Tar Heels caught passes, led by Quinshad Davis (4 catches, 40 yards). Eight different Tar Heels carried the ball, led by Elijah Hood (16 rushes, 56 yards, 2 TD). Quarterbacks Marquise Williams (15-of-20, 211 yards, 2 TD) and Mitch Trubisky combined to complete 74 percent [20-of-27] of their passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns. (Inside Carolina)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 35
Virginia: 14
Sat, Oct 22 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia Tech
Sat, Nov 5, TBD Tickets

UNC @ Duke
Thu, Nov 10, 7:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. The Citadel
Sat, Nov 19, TBD Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Scoreboard
Virginia Tech39
at Pittsburgh36
at Virginia0
SAT, OCT 29 12:00 PM ET
at Georgia Tech0
SAT, OCT 29 12:00 PM ET
Boston College0
at NC State0
SAT, OCT 29 12:30 PM ET
at Wake Forest0
SAT, OCT 29 3:30 PM ET
at Notre Dame0
SAT, OCT 29 3:30 PM ET
at Florida State0
SAT, OCT 29 8:00 PM ET
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(25) Virginia Tech4-16-2
(21) North Carolina4-16-2
Georgia Tech1-34-3

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(3) Clemson4-07-0
(5) Louisville4-16-1
(12) Florida State2-25-2
Wake Forest2-25-2
NC State1-24-3
Boston College0-43-4

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