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Rutgers loss leaves Tar Heels reeling

North Carolina’s players had planned to be licking their chops right about now, the response elicited from the sweet taste of a postseason victory. The Tar Heels instead are all puckered up. “We’ve got a bad taste in our mouths,” UNC coach Larry Fedora said after Rutgers beat the Heels 40-21 in the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field on Friday. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Quinshad Davis Undergoes Successful Surgery

UNC receiver Quinshad Davis underwent successful surgery Saturday morning to repair a fractured right tibia, which he injured in UNC’s bowl game Friday afternoon in Detroit. Dr. Jeffrey Spang performed the surgery at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Davis will miss spring practice, but is expected to make a complete recovery and be available for 2015 fall training camp. (GoHeels.com)

Photo: UNC's Quinshad Davis out of surgery

North Carolina junior wide receiver Quinshad Davis entered Friday's bowl game one touchdown away from breaking the UNC touchdown reception record. It was not to be. Davis suffered an apparent broken leg while going up for a catch in the end zone late in the fourth quarter. The receiver from South Carolina was immediately tended to and an air cast was brought out to support the leg. (Carolina Blue)

Friday showed again that NC State's in much better shape than UNC

Here's your reminder that UNC made a bowl because of its offense. The Heels went 6-6 despite having the No. 108 defense, according to Def. F/+. They gained 592 yards in a 45-20 rout of Duke, and they scored 40-plus on five other occasions (twice in losses). But when the Duke game ended, so did UNC's season. Even though there were two games left. (SB Nation)

UNC receiver Quinshad Davis suffers injury one catch shy of school record

On Friday, Davis came to Ford Field tied with former Tar Heels wide receiver Hakeem Nicks for career touchdown catches at UNC with 21. Against Rutgers, the junior wide receiver had one more chance to break the record during the 2014 season. But the hope that Davis might have had heading into Friday undoubtedly turned into despair. He left the game late in the fourth quarter, carted off the field with a brace strapped to his right leg after sustaining an injury on a throw to the end zone intended for him. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC freshman linebacker Cayson Collins makes promise

North Carolina freshman linebacker Cayson Collins sent out two powerful messages after the Tar Heels's 40-21 defeat at the hands of Rutgers on Friday. In two successive tweets the 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker from Charlotte made his intentions for next season and his career at UNC clear. (Carolina Blue)

Indifference Dooms Tar Heels

On Friday night, in front of 23,876 people inside Ford Field, a select few members of the Tar Heels couldn't care less. UNC was flat-out walloped for three-and-a-half quarters in the inaugural Quick Lane Bowl, eventually falling 40-21 to Rutgers. The passion wasn't there. Halfhearted by the Heels' own admission. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Tar Heels Close 2014 in Defeat

The team that opened the season ranked 23rd nationally closed its 13-game slate with back-to-back blowout losses to 7-5 programs with losing conference records. Roughly four weeks after being rolled by N.C. State, 35-7, at Kenan Stadium, UNC fell behind Rutgers by 33 points in the fourth quarter before a couple of late touchdowns reduced the final margin to 40-21. (Inside Carolina)

UNC Players With Raw Reactions to the Bowl Loss

This is either a great sign that some players will step up and get the house in order or the first indications of the foundation crumbling. We will have to wait until next year to find out which it is. (Tar Heel Blog)

Larry Fedora Post-Rutgers Quotes

Larry Fedora: "Well, that’s not the way we wanted to finish off a season but it is what is. Hopefully we’re going to learn from it and become a better football team. It’s the end of one and the beginning of another. We’ll all ready start thinking about the future and what we have to do next year to be a better football team." (Inside Carolina)

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)

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