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UNC's Run Defense Remains A Liability

The Tar Heels’ trend of failing to stop the run continued on Saturday. UNC allowed a season-high 327 rushing yards on 44 attempts, good for a season-high 7.4 yards-per-rush. Senior linebacker Shakeel Rashad attributes the problem to failing to find holes in the offensive line. “It’s just fitting the gaps right,” Rashad said. “They did a good job of kind of moving guys around and moving our gaps." (Inside Carolina)

UNC flea-flicker a long-awaited move driven by TD-thirst, not trolling

Senior quarterback Marquise Williams found out Thursday that North Carolina's coaches - again, for the second straight week - wanted to run a flea-flicker on the Tar Heels' first play. When Williams went to bed the night before UNC's 66-31 demolition of Duke, he asked for divine assistance. "I prayed before I went to sleep hoping this play was the first play," he said. (Fayetteville Observer)

Tar Heels have Coastal within grasp

The Tar Heels dominated Duke 66-31 on a record-breaking day and put themselves in the Coastal driver's seat. The final score really doesn't matter, unless you're a North Carolina fan who can't wait to taunt the Blue Devils fans in the office. Potentially being one win away from clinching the division is the important part. UNC can still win the Coastal division if they win two of their remaining three games. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Explosive start against Duke has UNC set up for fantastic finish

UNC ran 80 plays Saturday against Duke. None of them had more of an impact than the very first one. The most telling reaction to the flea-flicker that resulted in an 89-yard touchdown pass from Marquise Williams to Ryan Switzer, however, came from an unidentified Blue Devils defender. “I heard one of their guys tell Switzer ‘this is going to be a long day,” Williams said. Was it ever. (Wilmington Star News)

Chase Rice is biding his time, staying true to himself

Chase Rice is no stranger to big country shows; he has, after all, toured with the likes of Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley. But truth be told, the North Carolina native - a linebacker for the University of North Carolina and a runner-up on TV's "Survivor: Nicaragua" - is even happier playing his own shows in smaller venues. (Oakland Press)

Tar Heels turn Blue Devils' strength into a liability

The Tar Heels set school records in abundance — most passing yards in the first half, most total yards of offense in a game by one player and many more — and in the process, embarrassed arguably the best defensive unit in the ACC. UNC accomplished that feat with a little football jiujitsu: turning Duke’s greatest defensive strength against itself. (Greensboro News & Record)

Breaking Down UNC's Flea Flicker Touchdown

According to North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams, when the Tar Heels walked into practice Thursday the flea flicker play was on the board as the first play against Duke. It was contingent on Duke lining up in the right formation and the Blue Devils did that. Williams explains the play here during his postgame press conference. (Tar Heel Blog)

Mack Hollins thrives against Blue Devils

For Mack Hollins on Saturday, the atmosphere inside Kenan Stadium was different. "It was the best atmosphere I’ve been in since I’ve been here," he said. Maybe that's why the North Carolina football team beat Duke 66-31 to hold onto the Victory Bell. Maybe that's why the Tar Heels scored more points than they ever had in an ACC game. Maybe that's why Hollins had the best game of his UNC career. (Daily Tar Heel)

Heels stake a claim for everything in rout of rival Duke

So just how good is Carolina? Are the Tar Heels really one of the best teams in the country? Because it sure looked that way Saturday as UNC rolled past Duke 66-31 in a record-smashing game that propelled Carolina to the national conversation and basically crushed Duke’s soul. North Carolina, now 8-1 and 5-0 in the ACC, has a clear run to Charlotte. If unbeaten Clemson is waiting, do the Heels have a shot at everything? (Greensboro News & Record)

North Carolina Postgame Quotes - Duke

Larry Fedora: “I am really proud of our football team today. We came into the Tar Pit and played a really good Duke team and our guys did well. We can be better, I can assure you. We didn’t play a complete game in all three phases and our guys in that locker room they know that. They are excited we are 8-1 but they also know we can be better, and hopefully we will show that next week.” (GoHeels.com)

Turner's Take: Big Time

The Tar Heels wanted to put on a show in sold-out Kenan Stadium. That they did. “It wasn’t about making a statement,” Marquise Williams said. “It was more about getting a win in the Tar Pit, getting wins for our fans and our family and our staff. It’s not about the college playoffs or trying to make people recognize us. We’ve just got to come out and execute and keep winning games.” (GoHeels.com)

UNC Delivers Statement Win

In a game in which both teams entered controlling their destiny in the ACC Coastal Division, UNC dominated Duke to such an extent that press box observers paused to ponder whether or not the Blue Devils were as good as advertised. The better question may be this: how good are these Tar Heels? (Inside Carolina)

UNC, Williams lock in for the win

By the end of the first half it was over. UNC was up 38-10 and had just scored a last-second touchdown to further separate themselves from Duke. Tar Heel quarterback Marquise Williams, a senior from Charlotte, finished 25 for 35 for 494 yards and four touchdowns. He was pulled late in the third quarter to enjoy the big Carolina win. UNC defeated Duke 66-31 to move to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the ACC. (Carolina Blue)

UNC football dumped a basketball amount of points on Duke, which only had football points

The average all-time score of every game in the North Carolina-Duke basketball rivalry: Heels 64.1, Blue Devils 62.9. The number of points UNC unloaded on its rival in football on Saturday: 66, the most the Tar Heels have ever put on Duke. (The Blue Devils managed 31. Okay job, Blue Devils!) (SB Nation)

UNC-Duke Postgame Notes

QB Marquise Williams set a school record with 524 total yards of offense and accomplished that in less than three quarters. The 524 yards are the sixth-most in ACC single-game history. Williams eclipsed his own previous UNC record of 469, which he set against Old Dominion in 2013. The 66 points are the most Carolina has ever scored in an ACC game. (GoHeels.com)

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 Tickets

UNC vs. Louisville
Sat, Sep 9, TBD Tickets

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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