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UNC 'D' hopes to get right against Virginia Tech

Maybe this is the week North Carolina's beleaguered defense will finally catch a break. Or maybe it's the week Virginia Tech — and its rather pedestrian offense — becomes the latest team to hang a big number on the Tar Heels. UNC (2-2, 0-1 ACC) has allowed 70 and 50 points in its past two games. The challenge is to keep the Hokies (3-2, 0-1) from doing the same thing. (USA Today)

Avoiding the Tar Heel Circle

Every Sunday, the UNC football team gathers on the Navy Practice Field to break down what happened the day before. Enter the Tar Heel Circle. No, isn't a fun icebreaker at summer orientation. It's no fun at all, really. The offense and defense create separate circles, and one by one, each player enters the middle and tells his teammates how many times he let the team down in the previous game. (Carolina Blue)

Turner's Take: The Clean-Up Crew

The Tar Heels have drawn penalty flags 38 times through four games, or 9.5 times per game. The average of 78 penalty yards per game is 11th-most nationally, tied with Saturday’s opponent, Virginia Tech. The 15 penalties committed Saturday at Clemson were the second-most in Tar Heel history, and the Tigers benefited: 22 points came either directly as a result of those penalties. (GoHeels.com)

Mistakes Piling Up For UNC

Missed assignments and penalties moved to the forefront during UNC coach Larry Fedora’s press conference on Monday after missed tackles had occupied the primary talking point the previous three weeks. The most glaring mistakes have come on the defensive side. “Believe it or not, we don’t have defensive schemes where you turn a guy loose,” Fedora said on Monday. (Inside Carolina)

Larry Fedora Monday Press Conference Quotes

Larry Fedora: “We are preparing for a very good Virginia Tech football team, a team that plays great defense. They have changed what they do offensively – they have a quarterback that can throw the ball well - so they’re doing different things offensively from what they’ve done in the past. They’re still very strong on all of their special teams. Looking forward to getting back on our home field in front of our fans." (Inside Carolina)

Video: Monday Football Press Conference Recap

Larry Fedora and T.J. Thorpe talk about learning from last week's game at Clemson, improving on both sides of the ball, and preparing for Virginia Tech. View Video...

UNC-Clemson Postgame Chalkboard

Despite giving up 50 points in this game, it was a much better performance by the Tar Heels, who did not get blown off the field the way they did against ECU last week. Even more encouraging was the way the Heels refused to fold, fighting to the end and nearly pulling within one score before Marquise Williams’s final interception in the end zone with 2:25 remaining. (Inside Carolina)

Eric Ebron catches first NFL touchdown

Lions tight end Eric Ebron caught his first career touchdown in Week 4 against the Jets at MetLife Stadium. Ebron was limited to three catches for 34 yards on four targets in the first half. He caught a 16-yard pass from Matthew Stafford in the end zone for a touchdown with 22 seconds remaining in the first half. He was targeted four times and finished with three catches for 34 yards and a score in a 24-17 victory. (CBS Sports)

Virginia Tech loses freshman RB McKenzie to knee injury

Virginia Tech, which plays at North Carolina next Saturday, has lost freshman running back Shai McKenzie to a season-ending knee injury. McKenzie, who gained 269 yards and three touchdowns on 53 carries in his first five games with the Hokies and was the ACC’s Rookie of the Week on Aug. 30, suffered a tear of his right ACL in Saturday’s victory against Western Michigan. (Wilmington Star News)

Art’s Angle: Brand-Aide Needed

Despite giving up 120 points in the last two games and an average of 44 this season, all is not lost. The 2-2 Tar Heels may be playing their most important game of 2014 Saturday at home against Virginia Tech, also 2-2, and they won’t be facing another quarterback as good as ECU’s Shane Carden and Clemson’s Deshaun Watson for the rest of the season. (Chapelboro.com)

Ravens rookie James Hurst passes first test vs. Panthers

Rookie left tackle James Hurst passed his first test with flying colors on Sunday. Thrust into the lineup because of a knee injury to Eugene Monroe, Hurst protected quarterback Joe Flacco's blind side all day as the Ravens offensive line extended its streak to three straight games without allowing a sack in a 38-10 rout of Carolina. Hurst became the first undrafted rookie to start at left tackle for the Ravens. (CSN Baltimore)

The Good, Bad, and Ugly Report: Clemson

A week after being destroyed on the scoreboard and between the ears at East Carolina, UNC comported themselves relatively well on the road at Clemson, especially given the thought that this game had the potential for unmitigated disaster. While the Tar Heels gave up 50 points and over 500 yards of total offense, there were definite signs of improvement. (Tar Heel Blog)

Extra Points: Tiger Tough

The template through four games of the 2014 season has been set through two wins and two losses. The Tar Heels have excellent skill position players on offense and two kicking game weapons in punter Tommy Hibbard and kick-off specialist Nick Weiler. The word potential earmarks the rest of the roster; ergo the word frustration will be part of the landscape. (GoHeels.com)

ACC Power Rankings: Week 5

14. North Carolina Tar Heels: If Larry Fedora was looking for an emphatic response after his defense coughed up 70 points against ECU, he got it. And that response was clearly that the Tar Heels simply can't stop anyone. The last two quarterbacks UNC has faced are a combined 60-of-90 for 882 yards and 10 touchdowns. (ESPN.com)

Video: Larry Fedora Post-Clemson Interview

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora talks with Jones Angell about the Tar Heels' loss to Clemson in Death Valley on Saturday. View Video...

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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