Marquise Williams leads UNC's win over No. 23 PittsburghWhat the win means for North Carolina: The Tar Heels remain atop the Coastal and are now one of just two division teams unbeaten in conference play. Rival Duke is the other -- setting up a huge game Nov. 7 to take control of the Coastal. North Carolina made it look easy in the first half, scoring 20 points on its first four drives. (ESPN.com)
Blunders prove costly for Pitt in loss to North CarolinaThe mistakes arrived in waves that helped to bury Pitt during what could have been its finest hour. With first place in the ACC Coastal Division at stake, Pitt (6-2, 4-1) fumbled its opportunity to gain real relevance and fell to North Carolina, 26-19, at Heinz Field. UNC (7-1, 4-0) assumed Pitt's previous spot atop the division and awaits another showdown next week against Duke (6-1, 3-0). (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Video: Tar Heels Topple Panthers, 26-19 - Game HighlightsNorth Carolina improves to 7-1 (4-0 ACC) on the season with a crucial 26-19 Coastal division win over the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field on October 29, 2015.
Unranked North Carolina in poll position after dominant win over No. 23 PittsburghNorth Carolina was the only one-loss Power 5 team not ranked in this week's college football polls. That will change Sunday. The Tar Heels dominated No. 23 Pittsburgh in a 26-19 win Thursday night at Heinz Field. The win moves North Carolina to 7-1 and, more importantly, places the Heels atop the ACC Coastal Division with a 4-0 conference record. (Sporting News)
Video: UNC Secondary Comes Up Big vs. PittDes Lawrence (7 tackles, 4 PBU, TFL) and M.J. Stewart (3 PBU, sack) lead the Tar Heel secondary to a standout performance against Pittsburgh on October 29, 2015. Safety Donnie Miles also forced a fumble that UNC recovered.
Video: Williams Shakes Off Facemask, Throws Bomb TD to Switzer vs. PittQB 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.
Marquise Williams leads North Carolina past No. 23 Pitt, 26-19Marquise 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 - PittsburghThere 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 19View 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 TimeIt’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 PittsburghThere 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 PredictionThe 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 yearsNorth 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)
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