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Video: Williams Shakes Off Facemask, Throws Bomb TD to Switzer vs. Pitt

QB 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. View Video...

Marquise Williams leads North Carolina past No. 23 Pitt, 26-19

Marquise Williams threw two long touchdown passes and North Carolina beat No. 23 Pittsburgh 26-19 on Thursday night in a matchup of ACC upstarts. The unexpected ACC Coastal showdown was the first of a three-week round-robin that will likely determine the division title. The Tar Heels (7-1, 4-0) face No. 22 Duke next at home with a chance to put a vice grip on the program's first trip to the ACC title game. (Associated Press)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Pittsburgh

There will be plenty of debate over where exactly Thursday night's 26-19 win at Pittsburgh ranks among significant Carolina football victories. Let's put it this way: the No. 23 Panthers are the highest-ranked team the Tar Heels have defeated on the road since a 2001 win at No. 13 Clemson. And Carolina is now 4-0 in the ACC for only the second time since 1981 (the other time was 1997). (GoHeels.com)

Box Score: North Carolina 26, Pittsburgh 19

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 26-19 win over the Pittsburgh Panthers Thursday night at Heinz Field: (View Box Score)

Who's the ACC's best coordinator, Venables or Chizik?

The raw stats say that Clemson's Brent Venables has been the best coordinator in the ACC this year, and that’s tough to argue with. But Gene Chizik has done something at North Carolina that can’t be measured strictly in yards and points. He’s changed a culture that had eroded so badly that the Tar Heels’ D had become a laughing stock. No one’s laughing anymore. (ESPN.com)

By the numbers: Is UNC's defense ready for the big time?

A quick look at the numbers tells a compelling story about the job Gene Chizik has done in his first year as defensive coordinator at UNC. Yards per game versus FBS foes are down 27 percent from last year. Explosive plays allowed have been cut in half. Points surrendered per drive against FBS teams is down 45 percent and the touchdown rate UNC’s defense has allowed is down 47 percent. (ESPN.com)

Turner's Take: Ready for Prime Time

It’s a short week for UNC football as the Tar Heels prepare to take on Pittsburgh Thursday night at Heinz Field. The Tar Heels and Panthers both had just four days between playing Saturday and taking the field tonight, so each had to make efficient use of a short week. Larry Fedora went straight from his postgame press conference after the win over Virginia to game prep for Pittsburgh Saturday night. (GoHeels.com)

Preview & Prediction: UNC at #23 Pittsburgh

There is plenty on the line tonight. UNC can move into the Top 25 and clear a significant hurdle towards trying to win the Coastal Division. In terms of the big picture UNC can, starting with this game, experience the kind of breakthrough which could give the program some much-needed momentum in the current season and beyond. Prediction: UNC 31 Pitt 27 (Tar Heel Blog)

North Carolina vs. Pittsburgh Preview and Prediction

The way to beat North Carolina is rushing. It's how South Carolina beat them on Sept. 3; it's how Georgia Tech took a 21-0 lead on them Oct. 3. The feeling here is Pitt freshman running back Qadree Ollison will be able to gain yards on the 112th-ranked rushing defense, the Panthers' pass rush is far stronger, and Pitt is playing at home. Prediction: Pitt 27, UNC 26 (Athlon Sports)

Ryan Switzer and Pittsburgh through the years

North Carolina junior wide receiver and punt returner Ryan Switzer is from Charleston, W.Va. As a child, Switzer and his family were only a 3 1/2 hour drive from Pittsburgh. With the Tar Heels taking on Pitt tonight at Heinz Field, let's look back at some memorable Switzer/Pittsburgh moments including a game-winning touchdown and a punt, pass and kick competition. (Carolina Blue)

Lucas: Landon Turner's Story More Than Football

Landon Turner’s Tar Heels are 6-1 going into Thursday night’s ACC Coastal showdown at Pitt. He’s one of the emotional heartbeats of the team, a group that had the fortitude to overcome the largest deficit in program history at Georgia Tech, and the player at the center of those, “You got my back?” videos that are on their way to becoming a team catchphrase. (GoHeels.com)

UNC defense is "ready to roll"

Sitting at 6-1, UNC heads into the toughest stretch of their schedule, beginning against a stout Pittsburgh team. The Tar Heels are closer to full strength on defense. Defensive backs M.J. Stewart and Mike Hughes return from suspension, while defensive tackles Nazair Jones and Tyler Powell are listed as probable. Dajaun Drennon, a starting defensive end, is listed as questionable. (Carolina Blue)

Panthers not focusing on rank, instead keying in on Tar Heels

With only four days to prepare for what looms as its biggest game of the season Thursday night against North Carolina, Pitt is focusing on the challenge ahead of them and not their national ranking among college football's best. “I don’t think they have time to think about that,” coach Pat Narduzzi said about trying to make sure his players don’t their No. 23 ranking get to their heads. “They don’t have time. These guys go to class all day.” (Beaver County Times)

Pitt football coach Narduzzi burns North Carolina bridge to past

Pat Narduzzi doesn't need video proof to know how much trouble North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams caused for the Pitt defense the past two years. “We burned all that tape,” Narduzzi said. All that's needed is a look at the statistics compiled by Williams while leading the Tar Heels to 34-27 and 40-35 victories. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Duke, Pitt, UNC create tight race in ACC Coastal Division

There's chaos brewing once again in the ACC's Coastal Division. But this time, nobody's making fun of it. The division mocked recently for its parity has a logjam of teams at the top for a change, with No. 22 Duke, No. 23 Pittsburgh and North Carolina all unbeaten in league play. "You have a handful of teams," Duke safety Jeremy Cash said Tuesday, "that are competing on a very high level." (Associated Press)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
Fri, Dec 30 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Cal
Sat, Sep 2, TBD

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9, TBD

UNC @ Old Dominion
Sat, Sep 16, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-49-4

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Boston College2-67-6

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