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Recap & Analysis: Rutgers 40 UNC 21

On November 20th, UNC went to Durham and shocked Duke with a dominant 45-20 win. Since that night, opponents have outscored the Tar Heels 75-28 with 21 of UNC's points coming in garbage time. The last half of this particular train wreck came in the Quick Lane Bowl versus Rutgers where the Heels fell behind 23-0 by halftime and ultimately fell 40-21 to finish the season 6-7. (Tar Heel Blog)

Lions president pleased with first Quick Lane Bowl

The day after a holiday is often a bad one for attendance at sporting events, and that was the case Friday at the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit. Local turnout, as well as that of fans from Rutgers and North Carolina, was low. But Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand said he was happy with the overall experience for the Quick Lane Bowl’s inaugural year. (Detroit News)

Rutgers handles favored North Carolina

The Rutgers football team won once more as an underdog to conclude a season that is best summed up as an upset victory. Rutgers punctuated its surprise first trip through the Big Ten by dominating 3.5-point favorite North Carolina to the tune of 40-21 behind a smart senior quarterback, a couple of emerging stars, a hard-hitting defense and some special teams excellence. (USA Today)

Instant Analysis: Rutgers 40, North Carolina 21

Rutgers was dominant offensively and had a strong defensive effort, jumping out to a 23-0 halftime lead and taking a commanding 40-7 lead at one point in the fourth quarter. North Carolina picked up a couple of late touchdowns and two late onside kick recoveries, but the performance of Rutgers' running game, offensive line and quarterback Gary Nova was too much to overcome. (ESPN.com)

Hicks' 202 yards lead Rutgers over Tar Heels in Quick Lane Bowl

Josh Hicks ran for 202 yards and a touchdown and Rutgers beat North Carolina 40-21 on Friday night in the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field. Gary Nova threw for 184 yards and two touchdowns, and Robert Martin ran for 100 yards and two scores to help the Scarlet Knights (8-5) cap their first Big Ten season. Hicks was selected the player of the game. (ESPN.com)

Bowl Bits: Rutgers 40, North Carolina 21

I suppose it was fun to see Rutgers' ground game cut valleys through North Carolina's defense, but the atmosphere in the Detroit Lions' stadium was uninspiring and the play, at times, was the same. This game is an encouraging finish for Rutgers and leaves North Carolina with plenty of questions regarding the future of its defense. (CBS Sports)

Video: UNC-Rutgers Game Highlights

View complete game highlights from North Carolina's 40-21 loss to Rutgers at the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit, Michigan on Friday. View Video...

Turner's Take: Rapid Reactions - Rutgers

Larry Fedora told Jones Angell before the Quick Lane Bowl kicked off that the Tar Heels would have to play with great energy on both sides of the ball, would have to come out and play smart, fast and physical, and they’d be fine. They weren’t fine. Rutgers punched the Tar Heels in the mouth on the first drive, and then the Tar Heels couldn’t get out of their own way. (GoHeels.com)

Box Score: Rutgers 40, North Carolina 21

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 40-21 loss to Rutgers at the Quick Lane Bowl in Detroit on Friday: (View Box Score)

Three things to watch in Quick Lane Bowl

North Carolina and Rutgers love to utilize their passing attack to win football games. Gary Nova and Marquise Williams have combined for 40 touchdown passes this season and should add to that total on Friday night. With such a heavy reliance on offense, whoever can get off the field quicker on defense could decide the winner of the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl, but that hasn't been an easy task. (Detroit Free Press)

Quick Lane Bowl scouting report: Rutgers vs. North Carolina

North Carolina aims to snap the ball every 12 or 13 seconds, which doesn't leave much time for a defense to get set, let alone substitute as Rutgers likes to do along the defensive line. Rutgers has five seniors playing their final game alongside four other second-year starters and will count on experience to eliminate some of the confusion caused by making calls on the fly with little time between plays for adjustments. (Asbury Park Press)

UNC hopes to end 2014 season on high note in Quick Lane Bowl

Perhaps Larry Fedora put it best. The third-year North Carolina football coach opened his team's press conference leading up to its appearance in Friday's inaugural Quick Lane Bowl with quite an honest statement. "Our kids are really looking forward to another football game," said Fedora on Tuesday. (Daily Tar Heel)

Five things: UNC in the Quick Lane Bowl

North Carolina faces off against Rutgers on Friday in Detroit's Quick Lane Bowl. The Tar Heels will be look to move to 7-6, finish 2014 out on a winning note, and gain momentum heading in 2015 and spring practice. With the future in mind here are five things to look for in UNC's last game of the season. (Carolina Blue)

Viewer's Guide: Quick Lane Bowl

After a college football-less Christmas Day, the action gets going again Friday with three bowl games for your enjoyment, the second of which pits Rutgers versus North Carolina in the Quick Lane Bowl at 4:30 p.m. ET (ESPN) at Ford Field in Detroit. The first week of bowl season has been eventful and this game looks like a potential fun one. Let’s take a glance at what’s in store: (ESPN.com)

Tudor: Koenning gone, but UNC defensive obstacles remain

If former coordinator Vic Koenning really was the problem with UNC’s defense during the 2014 football regular season, the Tar Heels should have a decent chance to contain and conquer Rutgers in the Quick Lane Bowl Friday in Detroit. The 54-year-old Koenning is gone, dismissed from third-year head coach Larry Fedora’s staff following a 35-7 loss to NC State in Chapel Hill. (WRAL Sports Fan)

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