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Marquise Williams put the team on his back Saturday

Marquise Williams knows all. He took the snap, thrust the ball into T.J. Logan’s gut and held it there until the ruse could get no more convincing. Then, just before Logan and his red herring were swallowed by Panthers, Williams retracted it and launched himself into the gauntlet. Six yards later, he had a first down, and the Tar Heels had hope. (Daily Tar Heel)

Short week just the latest hurdle for resilient Tar Heels

North Carolina finished its 40-35 win over Pitt at 3:58 p.m. on Saturday. That gave the Tar Heels a 123 and a half hour break. The Heels face arch-rival Duke on Thursday night (7:30 p.m., ESPN) at Wallace Wade Stadium in a prime-time showdown. UNC doesn’t seem too concerned about the quick turnaround, however. It’s just the latest bounce back in a season that’s been filled with them. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Extra Points: Shots In The Arm

One of UNC's needs along the defensive front was partially addressed last week when the Tar Heel program received a needed boost of adrenaline from the commitment and subsequent signing of a scholarship agreement from Jalen Dalton, a 6-5, 235-pound end from West Forsyth High. Dalton had offers from every perennial Top 10 program and plans to enroll at Carolina in January. (GoHeels.com)

ACC Football Power Rankings: Week 12

9. North Carolina: Is there a team in the country that has a bigger split between offensive success and defensive failure than UNC? Against Pittsburgh, Marquise Williams carried the Tar Heels to another win despite the D being gashed for 523 yards. So far this season, the Heels have scored 40 points or more five times and allowed 40 or more five times -- the only team in the country to do that. (ESPN.com)

ACC helmet stickers: Week 12

UNC QB Marquise Williams: Williams has delivered for the Tar Heels in nearly every game this season. Against Pittsburgh, Williams connected on 23-of-40 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown in a 40-35 win, but it was his work on the ground that earned him a helmet sticker. Williams ran for 122 yards and three touchdowns. For the season, Williams now has 29 total touchdowns. (ESPN.com)

Julius Peppers, the leader

Early in the season, some of his new teammates wondered if Julius Peppers ever said anything. The veteran outside linebacker was the epitome of a player who led by example, not words. That's changed. From his inspired pregame speech last Sunday, which coach Mike McCarthy called "clearly the best one we've ever had" to an impromptu talk at practice on Thursday, Peppers has clearly become comfortable in his new environment. (ESPN.com)

Why Jason Brown traded NFL career for a tractor

At one point number 60, Jason Brown, was one of the best centers in the NFL. At one point he had a five-year, $37 million contract with the St. Louis Rams. And at one point he decided it was all meaningless - and just walked away from football. (CBS News)

Marquise Williams helps carry the load against Pittsburgh

So often in this North Carolina football team’s season, the storyline has been the same. Marquise Williams has led the team in passing, rushing and leadership, and the junior quarterback has been the lone stabilizer for a group that has been searching desperately for consistency. On Saturday, in a 40-35 come-from-behind victory against Pittsburgh, Williams once again played that role. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC-Pitt Larry Fedora Postgame Quotes

Larry Fedora: “It was a heck of a football game. Again we had a lot of guys that were very resilient and persevered and kept playing when things didn’t look good. We were really positive all the time on the sideline and with each other and with the offense, and the defense, and the special teams. There was a lot of encouragement and they just kept playing. We found a way to get the win.” (Inside Carolina)

Williams takes over in 40-35 win against Pittsburgh

In a game that UNC so desperately needed to win to regain its confidence and march toward bowl eligibility, Marquise Williams found his dog. And if UNC's lucky, he won't have to go searching for it again. “I’ve got all the trust in him," coach Larry Fedora said. "He’s got that it factor. He doesn’t mind putting a team on his back and doing what he’s got to do.” (Carolina Blue)

Williams lifts Heels past Pitt in thriller

Midway through the second quarter, a school record was the farthest thing from UNC quarterback Marquise Williams’ mind. The junior had just thrown two incompletions on a three-and-out, dropping to 4 for 16 passing on the day. The Carolina defense couldn’t stop Pitt running back James Conner, who became the second back in as many games to gain 100 yards rushing in a quarter against the Tar Heels. Pitt led 21-7. "I just needed to find my ‘dog’,” Williams said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Just Another Routine Game-Winning Drive

Only in the bizarre world that is 2014 North Carolina football would a relative calm fall over both the football team and fan base when an opponent scores with under four minutes to play to take a one-point lead. (Inside Carolina)

Video: UNC Homecoming Game Locker Room Celebration vs. Pitt

Watch and listen to Larry Fedora talk to the team and the Tar Heels sing the alma mater after the 40-35 homecoming win against Pittsburgh. View Video...

Turner's Take: The Team On His Back

Three minutes and thirty-three seconds remained on the clock in Saturday’s game when Pitt kicked an extra point to go ahead of Carolina, 35-34. Tar Heel quarterback Marquise Williams took a moment to himself, standing alone near the east end zone to gather his thoughts before taking the field. “I practice this every Wednesday,” he told himself. (GoHeels.com)

Recap & Analysis: UNC 40 Pittsburgh 35

In a season marked by historical awfulness on defense and a litany of frustrating issues, the resilience of this team is unmistakable. This win marks the fourth time this season UNC has faced a double digit deficit and rallied to win the game. Despite the struggles, UNC is sitting at 5-5 and needs just one win in the next two games to reach bowl eligibility. (Tar Heel Blog)

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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