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What we learned in the ACC in Week 13

North Carolina is going bowling: Marquise Williams turned in another phenomenal performance against Duke on Thursday, accounting for four touchdowns in a 45-20 win that eliminated the Blue Devils from the Coastal Division race, returned the Victory Bell to Chapel Hill, and officially made UNC bowl eligible for the second straight season. (ESPN.com)

50 is the New 40

Being a UNC football fan in the Larry Fedora era means the Tar Heel record book is written in pencil, since in just three years, a number of significant offensive records have fallen. UNC games that cross the 40-point and even 50-point threshold are commonplace. However, it’s not just offensive records that are endangered. This season alone a half-dozen records for defensive futility have been set. (Raleigh & Company)

Julius Peppers enjoying life with the Packers

Well into his 13th NFL season and with his third team, Julius Peppers is enjoying life with the Green Bay Packers. "I haven't really had very much to complain about," Peppers said Friday. "I wake up, I'm happy to come to work every day. So that's a good thing. So far, so good." What has Peppers excited and still highly productive at age 34 is being part of a deep and reliable group at outside linebacker. (USA Today)

What Went Right, What Went Wrong Versus Duke

Given how the season has gone, though, this was easily the most complete game the team has played, so finding negatives was a bit more difficult than it usually is....More went right in North Carolina's 45-20 victory at Duke on Thursday night than in any game all season. 

Marquise Williams sets UNC total yards record

In UNC's 45-20 win over Duke on Thursday night, Tar Heel quarterback Marquise Williams set the UNC single-season total offensive yards record. Williams has 3,499 total offense yards this year. He has 726 rushing yards (on 162 carries) and 2773 passing yards (on 234-369 passing, 63.4%). (Carolina Blue)

Logan: Williams carrying UNC to wins, Fedora letting the team play

Steve Logan joined Adam and Joe in studio Friday to discuss the UNC-Duke game from Thursday night and said that North Carolina is getting great performances from their leaders – namely Marquise Williams. “Marquise Williams, minus Jameis Winston, has become the best quarterback in the ACC and it’s not even close,” Logan said. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC players, coaches, and recruits react to win

The Bell Returns: See how Tar Heel players, coaches, and recruits reacted after the big win over Duke. (Carolina Blue)

Duke football assistant goes on unhinged pregame rampage before UNC game

It should be noted that after Hoover got one guy super excited, another guy unnerved, and killed a chair, that Duke went out and lost 45-20. Maybe next time they should just listen to some fun music or do a team cheer or not destroy furniture. (USA Today)

Video: UNC Football All-Access at Duke

Go inside the locker room as the Tar Heels find new blue chrome helmets which help inspire them to a dominating 45-20 performance on the road at Duke to bring the Victory Bell back to Chapel Hill. View Video...

Extra Points: Color It Chrome

When the Tar Heels went out for opening warm-ups on Thursday night at Wallace Wade Stadium wearing black helmets, the equipment staff pulled out the chrome lids and had them waiting. The players made the switch just before the kickoff and a sublime confluence of energy, focus, resolve, preparation, scheming and a roster of players maturing as the season wore on resulted in that fast start. (GoHeels.com)

The Good, Bad, and Ugly Report: Duke

Wow, who saw that coming? With the win against Duke, UNC regains the Victory Bell but more importantly is once again bowl eligible after a 2-4 start and being labeled one of the country's biggest disappointments. Carolina did not disappoint in a featured prime-time game with tons on the line for both teams, however. With that in mind, here is this week's GBU Report: (Tar Heel Blog)

The Turning Point?

This game could serve as a turning point in the Larry Fedora era. It could be that moment where the players truly bought into what the coaching staff had been teaching them. The actual bearing of fruit following weeks of seeing barren branches could give the Tar Heel players the necessary confidence and the program much needed momentum. (Tar Heel Blog)

UNC defense spoils Duke’s championship hopes

The UNC defense gave up 511.6 yards per game and 51 total touchdowns, earning it a spot at the bottom of the ACC. In North Carolina’s 45-20 win, UNC’s defense held Duke in check. The Blue Devils managed just 243 total yards of offense through three quarters, and their 20 points are the fewest an opponent has scored against the Tar Heels this season. (Daily Tar Heel)

Running Over the Devils

North Carolina’s ground attack was able to take advantage of a sub-par Duke run defense early and often on Thursday, as the Tar Heels ran all over their archrival en route to a 45-20 victory. Coming into Thursday night’s contest, the Blue Devils (197.6 yards per game) were the lone defense in the ACC that had surrendered more yards against the run than UNC. (Inside Carolina)

Art’s Angle: Statement Game

The Tar Heels edited the revisionist history of their last two games with Duke by pounding the ballyhooed and rebuilt Blue Devils into the stadium turf that will be lowered after the season to add more seats to the old horseshoe. Duke might want to wait another year or two to see if the David Cutcliffe love affair is cooling off with the fans, many of whom had fled by halftime. (Chapelboro.com)

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

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

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

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

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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