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Video: Ryan Switzer Becomes UNC's All-Time Leading Receiver

With this touchdown from Mitch Trubisky in the Sun Bowl against Stanford, Ryan Switzer becomes the Tar Heels' all-time leading receiver with 2,841 career receiving yards. View Video...

Box Score: Stanford 25, North Carolina 23

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 25-23 loss to Stanford in the Sun Bowl on Friday in El Paso, Texas. (View Box Score)

Sun Bowl Ref Accidentally Strips UNC QB Mitch Trubisky, Stanford Recovers

With time winding down in the first half of Friday's Hyundai Sun Bowl, North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky fumbled. It was a clean strip…by the referee. (Bleacher Report)

The referee and not Stanford made North Carolina fumble

We’ve seen buttfumbles and regular fumbles, and now we have a ref-fumble. Yes, the referee forced a North Carolina fumble in the Sun Bowl against Stanford. You can watch it here, or just close this window knowing what happened, but you might want to watch it anyway. We will probably see UNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky in the NFL.We will probably not see this umpire. (Sports Illustrated)

James Hurst appears poised to start for Ravens at right tackle

With right tackle Rick Wagner missing his second straight practice because of effects from a concussion, James Hurst is in line to make his second start of the season Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Hurst filled in for Wagner in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game and has been working with the starting offensive line in practice this week. (Baltimore Sun)

3 things to know about the Hyundai Sun Bowl

This game will showcase two very different styles of play. North Carolina likes to play up-tempo while Stanford likes to bleed out the clock. Since Stanford has one of the nation’s worst scoring offenses (26 points per game) and UNC is one of the better scoring offenses (33 points per game), expect Stanford to use its power running game to keep UNC's offense off the field. (Yahoo! Sports)

The Sun Bowl: by the numbers

The North Carolina Tar Heels rank 23rd in the nation in passing yards per game with 294.3 behind the arm of junior quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Senior receiver Ryan Switzer led the team with 1,027 receiving yards, but did not lead the team in receiving touchdowns. (The Prospector)

Tar Heels 'lucky' to play WFHS's Love just once

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey's decision to skip the Sun Bowl against UNC earned him criticism, but it means opportunity for Wake Forest High School grad Bryce Love. "Going up against your hometown team -- my uncle went there, a lot of my family went there, so I'm definitely familiar with the program. I went to a lot of games. I'm looking forward to it." (WRAL Sports Fan)

Without Christian McCaffrey, Stanford looks to Bryce Love

Also, Shaw said, the bowl game offers Bryce Love, who will replace McCaffrey in the starting lineup and possibly on return teams in a sneak preview of Stanford’s 2017 season. Love and the run-happy offense will be working against a Tar Heels defense that ranked 113th in the country against the run. A year ago at this time, UNC gave up 645 yards rushing to Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl. (SFGate)

Lucas: Top Five Columns of 2016

I think I’d be writing about Carolina sports as therapy even if there was no GoHeels.com. In looking back at the columns from 2016, I felt reasonably confident that the postgame column from the loss to Villanova would have the biggest readership. I had no idea about the others. Here are, then, the five most-read columns of the year. Thanks to everyone for reading. (Adam Lucas)

Big state, big stereotypes: UNC's Fedora introduces Heels to his home state

The Hyundai Sun Bowl's representative made sure to say Larry Fedora is a Texas native as he introduced North Carolina's coach for the last pregame meeting with the media Thursday. The fourth-year Tar Heel head coach is happy to be back among his own. The way Texans love football is different, Fedora knows, in a way they don't realize until they leave. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Showdown: UNC, Stanford set for 83rd Sun Bowl

When North Carolina (8-4) has the ball, it will spread the field and trust in it's future first-round draft pick, quarterback Mitch Trubisky, to get the ball to a talented, deep group of receivers. When No. 16 Stanford (9-4) has the ball, it will charge right at a Tar Heels defense that has statistically struggled against the run. (El Paso Times)

A lot riding on Trubisky's shoulders in Sun Bowl

Stanford junior running back Christian McCaffrey won't play in order to begin training for the NFL draft, while UNC's Elijah Hood is out because of medical reasons. The 18th-ranked Cardinal will move on with an expanded role for running back Bryce Love while UNC might put more on the plate of junior Mitch Trubisky, arguably the top quarterback prospect for the 2017 draft. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Nazair Jones overcomes odds to star for North Carolina on defense

North Carolina junior defensive tackle, Nazair Jones stands at 6'5, 300 lbs. However, Jones feels fortunate to be standing at all. On his 16th birthday, Jones was paralyzed from the waste down due to complex regional pain syndrome. "You know I fought back. I had to learn how to walk again," said Jones. (El Paso Proud)

UNC has explosive special teams

One matchup in the Hyundai Sun Bowl in which North Carolina has an advantage on paper is special teams. The Tar Heels rank second nationally in kickoff returns (27.2 yards per attempt) and first on punt coverage, where remarkably it has allowed six return yards on 46 punts. (El Paso Times)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 23
Stanford: 25
Fri, Dec 30 Box Score

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(16) Virginia Tech6-310-4
North Carolina5-38-5
(20) Miami5-39-4
Pittsburgh5-38-5
Georgia Tech4-49-4
Virginia1-72-10
Duke1-74-8

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(1) Clemson8-114-1
(21) Louisville7-19-4
(8) Florida State5-310-3
NC State3-57-6
Wake Forest3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8
Boston College2-67-6

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