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UNC prepares for punishing Pittsburgh rushing attack

The UNC defense has suffered a number of blows in recent weeks. Injuries and suspensions have taken a toll on the Tar Heels, keeping valuable players off the field. But entering Thursday’s showdown with No. 23 Pittsburgh, UNC has gotten lucky. It won’t face Pittsburgh tailback James Conner — who gashed the Tar Heels for 220 yards and four touchdowns in 2014. (Daily Tar Heel)

Houston Texans sign T.J. Yates, release Ryan Mallett

The Houston Texans are done hearing excuses from Ryan Mallett. He's no longer on the team. Mallett was released by the team Tuesday. NFL Media's Rand Getlin reported that the Texans signed T.J. Yates, who started one of Houston's two postseason victories. Yates will back up Brian Hoyer for the rest of the season. (NFL.com)

UNC DT Robert Dinkins Holding the Line

UNC travels to Pitt Thursday looking to separate itself from a crowded upper echelon in the ACC Coastal. The Tar Heels enter the game with a defense that has already far exceed expectations in 2015, thanks in large part to a group of impact freshmen who have stepped up. Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Robert Dinkins has become a poster child for that group. (Inside Carolina)

Broncos release defensive tackle Marvin Austin

The Broncos released defensive tackle Marvin Austin on Tuesday, two months after he was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Austin signed with the Broncos in 2014 and finished with 12 tackles in 15 games. Drafted by the Giants out of North Carolina in 2011, Austin spent two seasons in New York, where he played in only eight games but won a Super Bowl ring in 2012. (Denver Post)

Video: Larry Fedora Tuesday Pre-Pittsburgh Interview

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora talks about the Tar Heels' preparations for a big-time ACC matchup at Pittsburgh on Thursday night. View Video...

UNC Injury Report: Pittsburgh

The attrition on UNC's defensive line apparently isn't subsiding with Dujaun Drennon suffering an undisclosed injury versus Virginia on Saturday. He is listed as questionable for Thursday. The injuries to Nazair Jones and Tyler Powell plus freshman DE Aaron Crawford being lost for the season paved the way for Jalen Dalton to see action. He record two tackled on Saturday versus Virginia. (Tar Heel Blog)

3 Years Ago: Giovani Bernard Returns Game Winning Touchdown

“No he’s not! Yes he is!” Jones Angell exclaimed those words three years ago when Giovani Bernard returned a Wolfpack punt for a game-winning touchdown. The game, on October 27, 2012, was tied at 35 with 30 seconds left in regulation. NC State punter Wil Baumann stood on his team’s 11 yard line. He took the long-snap, stepped up, and booted the football away. (Chapelboro.com)

Eric Ebron takes no solace in personal success while Detroit Lions flounder

Detroit Lions tight end Eric Ebron missed two weeks with a knee injury, but picked up right where he left off in the team's 28-19 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Ebron caught five passes in the defeat for a career-best 89 yards. He also notched his third touchdown of the season, a seven-yard grab in the opening quarter that put the Lions up, 14-3, in the early going. (MLive.com)

UNC uniform combo for Pitt game

On Thursday evening the Tar Heels will face off against the Pittsburgh Panthers on Heinz Field in the Steel City. Both ACC Coastal teams stand at 6-1, making the matchup critical for the division race. The game will kickoff at 7:00 PM on ESPN. Check out what uniform combination North Carolina will be wearing. (Carolina Blue)

Hood's hatred of being tackled helps him get to the goal line

Elijah Hood had a career-high 21 carries in UNC’s 26-13 win against Virginia Saturday. Hood’s two rushing touchdowns against the Cavaliers contributed to him being the Tar Heels’ leading scorer this season with eight touchdowns. That team-leading title and the sophomore’s increasing role in UNC's offense are nice, but every run that doesn’t end in a score ends in a moment Hood hates. (WRAL Sports Fan)

UNC-Pitt Preview: Panthers Playing Physical Footballl

Pittsburgh enters the game with a 6-1 (4-0 ACC) record despite losing star running back James Conner with a season-ending injury in the opener against Youngstown State. A consistent passing game, punishing ground game and head coach Pat Narduzzi’s defense have allowed Pitt to prosper this season, setting the stage for a pivotal ACC Coastal clash on Thursday night. (Inside Carolina)

UNC Football Offensive Stats Recap

CarolinaBlue examines how the offensive skill players have performed so far this season. Let's take a look at some of their stats. (Carolina Blue)

Ranking UNC's Toughest Remaning Games

No. 1 Pitt: Upsets tend to go hand in hand with Thursday night games, that bodes well for the Tar Heels who are unranked going into 23rd-ranked Pittsburgh. UNC's secondary has improved dramatically and ranks 10th in the nation in pass efficiency defense with a rating of 98.6. The unit will have their hands full with Pitt's preseason All-American wide receiver Tyler Boyd. (Carolina Blue)

UNC Readying for Narduzzi’s Defense

Pat Narduzzi directed some of the nation’s top defenses during his stint as defensive coordinator at Michigan State. UNC will get its first look at the first-year Pitt head coach’s 4-3 Over/Cover 4 scheme on Thursday at Heinz Field. Narduzzi’s final four Spartan defenses in East Lansing ranked top-10 nationally in total and rushing defense, and were top-10 in scoring defense in three of the four years. (Inside Carolina)

Video: 3 Reasons Tar Heels Can Win Coastal Division

UNC Football is 3-0 in the ACC thanks to a powerful offense and an improved defense. The ACC Network's Tim Brant and James Bates break down three reasons why the Tar Heels can capture the Coastal Division crown in 2015. View Video...

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
Pittsburgh5-38-5
Georgia Tech4-49-4
Virginia1-72-10
Duke1-74-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-67-6

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