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UNC-State football game draws early kickoff time

The ACC and its television partners have announced the kickoff times for the final weekend of the football season and to absolutely nobody’s surprise, the rivalry showdown between North Carolina and N.C. State has drawn the 12;30 p.m. time slot. The game, at Kenan Stadium, will be televised by the Raycom ACC Network. (Wilmington Star News)

Marquise Williams named ACC Offensive Back of the Week

UNC quarterback Marquise Williams was named the ACC Offensive Back of the Week for the third time this season after leading the Tar Heels’ 40-35 win over Pitt. Williams accounted for four touchdowns, completing 23 of 40 attempts for 276 yards and one touchdown and rushing 19 times for 122 yards and three scores. Williams completed a school-record 16 consecutive passes during one stretch. (The ACC)

Art’s Angle: Timing Is Everything

You have to hand it to Carolina’s defense. For the record-breaking unit in yards, first downs and points allowed, clearly the Tar Heels’ pièce de résistance is impeccable timing. On the second occasion this season, UNC let the opponent score with enough time on the clock for the offense to go back down and win the dad-gum game. If I didn’t know any better, I would think they do it on purpose. (Chapelboro.com)

Julius Peppers exactly what Packers' defense needs

One hand at his chin, one in his pocket, Julius Peppers thought about the latest question about his age for a brief moment. He now has two interceptions returned for touchdowns this season. This is precisely why he wanted to be a 3-4 outside linebacker, yes. But Peppers was also 3-4, as in 34 years old. There are grays sprouting in his hair, his beard. Whether he still had big-play ability at his age was a very real unknown heading into this season. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Carolina Rundown: November 17

Julius Peppers, who has become a leader in Green Bay, returned an interception for a touchdown in a blowout Packers win over the Eagles. Raymond Felton is healthy, and will start serving his four-game suspension against Charlotte today. Hakeem Nicks caught two passes, including a sweet touchdown grab, for the Colts. (GoHeels.com)

The Good, Bad, and Ugly Report: Pitt

For the second straight game in Kenan Stadium, the Tar Heels led late, only to give up the lead before scoring on their final drive to secure the win. UNC showed resiliency after laying an egg in Miami two weeks ago and keep the season alive. With that in mind, here is this week's GBU Report: (Tar Heel Blog)

Can't-Miss Play: Julius Peppers' pick-six (video)

Green Bay Packers linebacker Julius Peppers picks off Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mark Sanchez and returns it 52-yards for a touchdown. (Green Bay Packers)

Marquise Williams put the team on his back Saturday

Marquise Williams knows all. He took the snap, thrust the ball into T.J. Logan’s gut and held it there until the ruse could get no more convincing. Then, just before Logan and his red herring were swallowed by Panthers, Williams retracted it and launched himself into the gauntlet. Six yards later, he had a first down, and the Tar Heels had hope. (Daily Tar Heel)

Short week just the latest hurdle for resilient Tar Heels

North Carolina finished its 40-35 win over Pitt at 3:58 p.m. on Saturday. That gave the Tar Heels a 123 and a half hour break. The Heels face arch-rival Duke on Thursday night (7:30 p.m., ESPN) at Wallace Wade Stadium in a prime-time showdown. UNC doesn’t seem too concerned about the quick turnaround, however. It’s just the latest bounce back in a season that’s been filled with them. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Extra Points: Shots In The Arm

One of UNC's needs along the defensive front was partially addressed last week when the Tar Heel program received a needed boost of adrenaline from the commitment and subsequent signing of a scholarship agreement from Jalen Dalton, a 6-5, 235-pound end from West Forsyth High. Dalton had offers from every perennial Top 10 program and plans to enroll at Carolina in January. (GoHeels.com)

ACC Football Power Rankings: Week 12

9. North Carolina: Is there a team in the country that has a bigger split between offensive success and defensive failure than UNC? Against Pittsburgh, Marquise Williams carried the Tar Heels to another win despite the D being gashed for 523 yards. So far this season, the Heels have scored 40 points or more five times and allowed 40 or more five times -- the only team in the country to do that. (ESPN.com)

ACC helmet stickers: Week 12

UNC QB Marquise Williams: Williams has delivered for the Tar Heels in nearly every game this season. Against Pittsburgh, Williams connected on 23-of-40 passes for 276 yards and a touchdown in a 40-35 win, but it was his work on the ground that earned him a helmet sticker. Williams ran for 122 yards and three touchdowns. For the season, Williams now has 29 total touchdowns. (ESPN.com)

Julius Peppers, the leader

Early in the season, some of his new teammates wondered if Julius Peppers ever said anything. The veteran outside linebacker was the epitome of a player who led by example, not words. That's changed. From his inspired pregame speech last Sunday, which coach Mike McCarthy called "clearly the best one we've ever had" to an impromptu talk at practice on Thursday, Peppers has clearly become comfortable in his new environment. (ESPN.com)

Why Jason Brown traded NFL career for a tractor

At one point number 60, Jason Brown, was one of the best centers in the NFL. At one point he had a five-year, $37 million contract with the St. Louis Rams. And at one point he decided it was all meaningless - and just walked away from football. (CBS News)

Marquise Williams helps carry the load against Pittsburgh

So often in this North Carolina football team’s season, the storyline has been the same. Marquise Williams has led the team in passing, rushing and leadership, and the junior quarterback has been the lone stabilizer for a group that has been searching desperately for consistency. On Saturday, in a 40-35 come-from-behind victory against Pittsburgh, Williams once again played that role. (Daily Tar Heel)

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, 5:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC @ Illinois
Sat, Sep 10, 7:30 ET BTN Tickets

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, 3:30 ET RSN Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

Radio Affiliates

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(15) North Carolina8-111-3
Pittsburgh6-28-4
Miami5-38-5
Duke4-48-5
Virginia Tech4-47-6
Virginia3-54-8
Georgia Tech1-73-9

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(2) Clemson9-014-1
(14) Florida State6-210-3
Louisville5-38-5
NC State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Wake Forest1-73-9
Boston College0-83-9

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