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Julius Peppers almost forgets Lambeau Leap after making NFL history

When Julius Peppers got in the end zone Thursday night, he almost forgot to celebrate like a Green Bay Packer. Peppers intercepted a deflected Christian Ponder pass in the second quarter and returned it 49 yards for his first touchdown as a member of the Packers. Peppers was soon greeted by teammate Morgan Burnett, who was pointing to the stands. After a brief pause, Peppers made the Lambeau Leap. (FOX Sports)

Trip to Foxboro reunites Giovani Bernard with friend who once provided a home

How do you thank the family that took you in? That gave you so much and asked for nothing in return? How do you thank the family that gave you shelter when your only option was to sleep in a car parked on the streets of South Florida? Giovani Bernard still isn’t sure. (Providence Journal)

What we learned in the ACC: Week 6

The two-quarterback system isn’t working for North Carolina. Mitch Trubisky was 1-of-4 for 11 yards and threw a disastrous pick-six during his limited time on the field in a 34-17 loss to Virginia Tech, and once again Tar Heels fans are wondering why Larry Fedora insists on the merry-go-round at QB. (ESPN.com)

Has the bell tolled on the Tar Heels' season?

A bell tolled to announce the start of the fourth quarter between UNC and Virginia Tech Saturday at Kenan Stadium, but it might well have been signaling the end of the Tar Heels' season. Even though UNC hasn't even reached the midpoint of its schedule, Saturday's 34-17 loss to the Hokies was enough to make even ardent fans wonder if the Tar Heels have already mailed it in. (Fayetteville Observer)

Analysis: UNC facing QB quandary

Through five games this season, the Tar Heels have stuck to a two-quarterback system. On Saturday, that system backfired in a painful way en route to the Tar Heels’ third straight loss, 34-17 to visiting Virginia Tech. Trubisky’s first drive came just after Virginia Tech scored to go up by two touchdowns and ended in a cloud of dust. (Greensboro News & Record)

Jonathan Cooper clears injury-riddled hurdles, ready for chance to return

A month into his second year, Jonathan Cooper has yet to start an NFL game -- not quite how the career of a seventh-overall pick was supposed to begin. Last year was a wash, erased by a broken leg that sidelined him for all of 2013. He entered Year 2 with all the expectations that would accompany his status, but the mental hurdles of overcoming a serious injury proved too high. (ESPN.com)

UNC's Offense Stalls Out

North Carolina’s offense sputtered out of the pregame locker room yet again on Saturday as the Tar Heels managed just a field goal before halftime in falling behind Virginia Tech by three touchdowns. “We played about as poor as we can play in the first half,” UNC head coach Larry Fedora told reporters following his team’s 34-17 loss. (Inside Carolina)

UNC defense: It's definitely a pride thing

The first two times Virginia Tech had the ball on Saturday, the Hokies scored touchdowns against North Carolina’s defense. A Tar Heel defense already under fire after allowing 120 points over the last two games faced an early challenge. “It was definitely a pride thing,” UNC defensive tackle Justin Thomason said. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Disappointment for UNC

Marquise Williams went to sleep Friday night thinking about UNC’s first play call, “60 right bullets,” which was designed to hit running back Romar Morris down the sideline for a big gain. When it came time to execute it Saturday, Morris was wide open. But Williams was sandwiched, lost the football, and the Hokies recovered. It was the start of a dismal offensive day for the Tar Heels. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Hokies trounce Tar Heels 34-17

At halftime of North Carolina’s 34-17 loss to Virginia Tech, an incensed Larry Fedora told the ACC Network that none of his players were doing what they were coached to do this week. It was a dramatic statement from the third year coach of the Tar Heels (2-3,0-2 ACC), but one that rang true, nonetheless. At halftime, the Tar Heels were already in a 21-point hole. (Carolina Blue)

Turner's Take: Grounded Game

T.J. Logan was a Parade All-America. Elijah Hood was an U.S. Army High School All-America. Khris Francis and Romar Morris were considered among the nation’s Top 30 running backs in high school. The talent of Carolina’s running backs is not in question. What is troubling, however, is why they aren’t more involved in the Tar Heel offense. (GoHeels.com)

Recap & Analysis: Virginia Tech 34 UNC 17

UNC got a sufficient defensive effort against Virginia Tech but it was the offense that came up short leading to a 34-17 loss. With a trip to Notre Dame next week, things will not get any better for this team. UNC has players and at times can put together some quality play but simply not enough to overcome the various lapses that continue on a loop from one week to the next. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: UNC-Virginia Tech Game Highlights

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Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Virginia Tech

If there were bright spots on a day that saw the Tar Heels drop their third in a row overall and fall to 0-2 in the ACC, it was the play of Marquise Williams (who threw for 187 yards and a touchdown to go with his 94 yards on the ground) and another well executed Military Appreciation Day. Carolina has turned this into a signature game on the home schedule. (GoHeels.com)

Defense leads Virginia Tech past UNC, 34-17

Kendall Fuller returned an interception 47 yards for a momentum-shifting touchdown and Virginia Tech beat North Carolina 34-17 on Saturday. The Hokies scored two touchdowns in the opening 3 1/2 minutes, forced three turnovers and had five sacks. Elijah Hood had a touchdown run and Marquise Williams rushed for 94 yards and was 17 of 33 for 187 yards passing. (ESPN.com)

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

UNC vs. James Madison
Sat, Sep 17, 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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