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Ravens rookie James Hurst passes first test vs. Panthers

Rookie left tackle James Hurst passed his first test with flying colors on Sunday. Thrust into the lineup because of a knee injury to Eugene Monroe, Hurst protected quarterback Joe Flacco's blind side all day as the Ravens offensive line extended its streak to three straight games without allowing a sack in a 38-10 rout of Carolina. Hurst became the first undrafted rookie to start at left tackle for the Ravens. (CSN Baltimore)

The Good, Bad, and Ugly Report: Clemson

A week after being destroyed on the scoreboard and between the ears at East Carolina, UNC comported themselves relatively well on the road at Clemson, especially given the thought that this game had the potential for unmitigated disaster. While the Tar Heels gave up 50 points and over 500 yards of total offense, there were definite signs of improvement. (Tar Heel Blog)

Extra Points: Tiger Tough

The template through four games of the 2014 season has been set through two wins and two losses. The Tar Heels have excellent skill position players on offense and two kicking game weapons in punter Tommy Hibbard and kick-off specialist Nick Weiler. The word potential earmarks the rest of the roster; ergo the word frustration will be part of the landscape. (GoHeels.com)

ACC Power Rankings: Week 5

14. North Carolina Tar Heels: If Larry Fedora was looking for an emphatic response after his defense coughed up 70 points against ECU, he got it. And that response was clearly that the Tar Heels simply can't stop anyone. The last two quarterbacks UNC has faced are a combined 60-of-90 for 882 yards and 10 touchdowns. (ESPN.com)

Video: Larry Fedora Post-Clemson Interview

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora talks with Jones Angell about the Tar Heels' loss to Clemson in Death Valley on Saturday. View Video...

Former rivals Carl Torbush, Mike O'Cain join forces at East Tennessee State

Longtime friends and former Atlantic Coast Conference rivals Carl Torbush and Mike O'Cain say they savor the opportunity to work together in relaunching a program on a smaller scale at East Tennessee State. They spent a lot of the 1990s trying to beat the other while both were in North Carolina. (Associated Press)

Jimmy Hitchcock sentenced in mortgage fraud scheme

Hitchcock is a Concord native who attended UNC Chapel Hill. He played eight seasons in the National Football League, beginning as a third-round draft pick for the New England Patriots in 1995. (Charlotte Observer)

Turner's Take: Deep Cuts

It’s not just the defensive backfield that is to blame for the Tar Heels giving up big plays. The defensive line is not getting the push it needs up front, not pressuring the quarterback nearly enough. The linebackers aren’t completing plays, and given enough time, a quarterback is going to find an open receiver. (GoHeels.com)

UNC football still searching for identity after Clemson loss

There were certainly moments of promise Saturday night in UNC’s 50-35 loss in a packed house full of 79,155. “We had guys that fought the whole game. We had guys that were busting their rear ends the whole game. There was no lack of confidence or anything like that,” coach Larry Fedora said. “They were positive and we made a few things happen. We just didn’t make enough happen.” (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC defense struggles in Death Valley

Entering the game, the Tar Heels set to stop the run and force the freshman quarterback into making big plays through the air. From that standpoint, UNC succeeded in the game plan. The front seven limited Clemson to only 92 yards rushing and just 2.1 yards per carry. UNC’s gamble on an inexperienced quarterback turned out to be the most costly mistake of them all. (Carolina Blue)

UNC's offense turns around from slow start

When the North Carolina offense took the field with 9:47 remaining in the second quarter, the Tar Heels found themselves trailing Clemson 20-0. For the second straight week, it looked like UNC was well on its way to getting blown out on the road. But unlike last week, for the first 20 minutes of the game, UNC’s offense was the team's biggest problem. (Carolina Blue)

UNC's Secondary Breakdown

North Carolina’s defensive plan was sound in concept, yet poor in execution. The Tar Heels intended to stop the run and force a true freshman quarterback to beat them with his arm. And that’s exactly what DeShaun Watson did in Clemson’s 50-35 win on Saturday night. His 435 passing yards rank second in ACC history in a quarterback’s first start. (Inside Carolina)

Video: UNC-Clemson Game Highlights

View complete game highlights of North Carolina's 50-35 loss to the Clemson Tigers Saturday in Death Valley. View Video...

Clemson QB Watson throws 6 TDs, beats UNC 50-35

North Carolina focused on stopping Clemson’s run game Saturday, daring a true freshman quarterback making his first collegiate start to win the game with his arm. Deshaun Watson more than obliged. Watson tied an ACC record with six touchdown passes and threw for 435 yards as the Tigers beat the Tar Heels 50-35 at Memorial Stadium. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Recap & Analysis: Clemson 50, UNC 35

That actually didn't end up being so bad, the 50 points and 500+ yards not withstanding. That's where UNC is at right now, carving out quasi-moral victories from 15 point losses on the road. The defense ended up being sort of a mixed bag. The bulk of the damage done by Clemson in this game came from dissecting the UNC secondary. (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, TBD

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, TBD

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9

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