Tar Heels making a statement...even if that’s not what they’re trying to doThis time it was Miami on the receiving end of 59-21 beatdown impressive enough to make those around college football — especially outside commissioner John Swofford’s geographic footprint — stand up and take notice. Though UNC might not intentionally be trying to make a statement, its results over the past two weeks are sending a loud, unmistakable message. This team is for real. (Wilmington Star News)
The Good, Bad, and Ugly Report: MiamiA year ago, UNC went to Miami in the middle of a five-game stretch against division opponents and looked like a hot mess, falling behind 44-6 before going on to a 47-20 defeat. One year later, it was the Hurricanes who were undisciplined and in disarray, under an interim coach, who found themselves down 45-0 to the Tar Heels on the way to a resounding 59-21 loss. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: Larry Fedora's Locker Room Speech to Seniors & Team after Miami WinCoach Larry Fedora had a special message for a unique group of seniors after their final home game at Kenan Stadium was a 59-21 domination of Miami. The Tar Heels finished undefeated at home for the first time since 1996.
Williams, Switzer swagger all over Miami HurricanesThe Tar Heels were the "University of No Chill at Chapel Hill" in their dominating 59-21 win over Miami. It started with quarterback Marquise Williams, who rushed for three touchdowns and passed for one in his final game at Kenan Stadium. Following the senior's first touchdown, Williams inverted Miami's signature "The U" hand gesture in the corner of the end-zone. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Closing time: UNC's seniors want to leave a legacyDuring the postgame interviews, North Carolina senior Shakeel Rashad walked around the Kenan football complex playing Semisonic's 1998 hit single "Closing Time." His purpose was to make his fellow seniors Landon Turner, Marquise Williams, and Jeff Schoettmer (who were doing interviews) to cry, to get emotional. It was a silly moment for a team that is seriously good. (Carolina Blue)
Coastal Crown Within Reach for UNCMarquise Williams, the oldest player on UNC’s roster, had just turned five years old the last time the Tar Heels won nine games in a season. It was 1997, a year in sports that witnessed Tiger Woods become the youngest player to win the Masters at the age of 21 and Mike Tyson bite a chunk out of Evander Holyfield’s ear. It was also the year of UNC’s last great football season. (Inside Carolina)
Video: UNC Players Post-Miami InterviewsNorth Carolina's Landon Turner, Shakeel Rashad, Quinshad Davis, Elijah Hood, and Damien Washington discuss the Tar Heels' 59-21 victory over Miami on Senior Day.
Turner's Take: Keep StrivingWe have seen a team win nine in a row and go undefeated at home, giving themselves a chance to be one of the best teams in Carolina history. We can appreciate the highs for the lows, the dominant wins for the nail-biting losses, the triumphs for the trials. And to see this finally come to fruition, to see our team have this kind of success? It’s why we invest. It really is. (GoHeels.com)
Tar Heels use 'History Week,' as motivator in 59-21 win against HurricanesLarry Fedora addressed No. 17 North Carolina’s 59-21 win against Miami differently than any other win this season. This week was history week, explained the coach after the dominating Senior Night win. “This week was history week,” Fedora said. “They had an opportunity to make some history today and to be one of only two teams out of 125 years to win seven games on that field.” (WRAL Sports Fan)
Could improving Tar Heels really be this good?A media colleague noted late Saturday afternoon that we don't get to see any good football games at Kenan Stadium anymore. The comment was meant as a back-handed compliment to the caliber of play North Carolina has exhibited over the last two weekends in routing two major ACC Coastal Division rivals, Duke and Miami. The Tar Heels have been simply dominant. (Fayetteville Observer)
After Tar Heels pop Miami, UNC receiver pops questionAs the clock ticked down on North Carolina’s win Saturday, on a scale of 1-10, Damien Washington was nervous “in the 10, 11 range,” he said. Not because it was his last game in Kenan Stadium – it was – or because the outcome was in doubt – it wasn’t – but because injured teammate Juval Mollette had an engagement ring in his pocket and it was almost time for Washington to retrieve it. (Charlotte Observer)
Postgame Analysis: #23 UNC 59- Miami 21Carolina is for Real. UNC played this game the same way Clemson played the Hurricanes in their famous 58-0 win that got Al Golden fired. The Heels beat up Miami on both lines of scrimmage, limiting the Canes to 2.7 yards per carry in meaningful action while Carolina averaged 7.7 yards per rush over the first three quarters. The Heels played like the better team and outclassed their opponent. (Tar Heel Blog)
Video: Larry Fedora Post-Miami Press ConferenceNorth Carolina head coach Larry Fedora started his postgame press conference by thanking the Tar Heel seniors after the 59-21 win over Miami on November 14, 2015.
UNC Postgame Notes - MiamiNo. 17 North Carolina improved to 9-1 and 6-0 in the ACC with a 59-21 win over Miami. UNC is 9-1 for the first time since 1997. UNC completed its first undefeated home season since 1996 when the Tar Heels were 5-0. This is the first year the Tar Heels have been 7-0 at home since 1980. The Tar Heels have won nine consecutive games, which is the longest one-season winning streak at UNC since 1914. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Highlights - Heels Thump Miami 59-21, Improve to 7-0 in Kenan StadiumThe Tar Heels rush for almost 300 yards in a 59-21 blowout win over Miami on senior day in Kenan Stadium on November 14, 2015.
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