Jimmy Hitchcock sentenced in mortgage fraud schemeHitchcock 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 CutsIt’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 lossThere 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 ValleyEntering 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 startWhen 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 BreakdownNorth 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 HighlightsView complete game highlights of North Carolina's 50-35 loss to the Clemson Tigers Saturday in Death Valley.
Clemson QB Watson throws 6 TDs, beats UNC 50-35North 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 35That 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)
Video: Mack Hollins leaping TD catch vs. ClemsonUNC receiver Mack Hollins makes a great catch on a 17-yard pass from Marquise Williams in North Carolina's 50-35 loss to Clemson Saturday.
Video: Ryan Switzer 75-yard TD vs. ClemsonUNC wide receiver Ryan Switzer runs 75 yards on a screen pass for his first touchdown of the season Saturday vs. Clemson.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - ClemsonThe UNC defense has been scorched for two straight weeks against two of the best offenses on the 2014 schedule. The last two weeks mark the first time in school history that the Tar Heels have given up at least 50 points in back to back games. "We had too many major mistakes on the back end," Larry Fedora told Jones Angell on the Tar Heel Sports Network. (GoHeels.com)
Clemson freshman QB Watson has 6 TDs in 50-35 winFreshman Deshaun Watson threw for 435 yards and set a school record with six touchdown passes in his first ever start to lead Clemson to a 50-35 win over North Carolina on Saturday night. The Tigers decided Watson's time had come, and the 19-year-old didn't shrink in the spotlight. Watson completed 27 of his 36 passes. He also ran 11 times for 28 yards. (ESPN.com)
Box Score: Clemson 50, North Carolina 35View the complete box score from North Carolina's 50-35 ACC road loss to the Clemson Tigers in Death Valley on Saturday: (View Box Score)
NY Jets' 2012 No. 1 pick Quinton Coples finally having a breakthrough at linebackerQuinton Coples hears and reads the criticism without losing sight of what matters most in his life. He is a physical force, a large human, but his goals stretch far beyond the confines of the game he was blessed to play. “I want to be great,” Coples told the Daily News in a quiet moment. “I want to have a positive legacy. I want people to be inspired by me." (New York Daily News)
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