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Film review: UNC rush defense flashes improvement in Virginia win

The first article we did in this series examined how the North Carolina defense, particularly against the run, held the team back in the first game of the season — a 33-24 loss to Georgia. Now, seven weeks later, the defense just turned in its best performance of the season, limiting Virginia to 253 total yards of offense in UNC’s 35-14 win on Saturday. (Daily Tar Heel)

UNC Football - Behind The Scenes: Part One

Saturday is like a holiday to college football fans. I wonder if they ever think about what it takes for coaches to get their favorite team to the kick-off on Saturday. The only way to know for sure is to find out firsthand. I decided to find out for myself and go look behind the curtain of coach Fedora’s football program as he and his staff prepare for their first home game. (GoHeels.com)

Larry Fedora Live: Ayden Bonilla Steps Up for UNC at LB

Going into Saturday’s game against Virginia, UNC knew it would be without sophomore linebacker Andre Smith for the first half – Smith had to serve a suspension he earned for a targeting call against Miami. In Smith’s absence, sophomore Ayden Bonilla was asked to step in for his first career start. Bonilla was thrown into the fire, but passed his test with flying colors. (Inside Carolina)

Lawrence Taylor surprises ailing kids at pediatric cancer gala

The Frances Foundation’s annual gala was just hours away, and Bob Heugle was making final preparations. Heugle, whose nonprofit has raised $1.5 million to help pediatric cancer patients, never has been shy about trumpeting the cause. So he sought out New York Giants legend Lawrence Taylor, quite possibly the best defensive player in NFL history, and extended an invitation. (Asbury Park Press)

Are today's ACC QBs on par with the historical greats?

Forty-five years ago, the ACC’s top quarterback was a guy named Paul Miller. He averaged 118 yards total offense per game in 1971. His naked bootleg touchdown after taking the ball away from All-American Don McCauley rivals Duke’s famous shoestring play among memorable moments in the UNC-Duke series. How things have changed. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Saskatchewan is a 'special place' for Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant

Durant’s contract is to expire after the 2016 season. Roughriders head coach, general manager and vice-president of football operations Chris Jones has said many times that he wants Durant to return. The Roughriders’ No. 4 has repeatedly and emphatically expressed a desire to stay in Regina — somewhere he never, ever expected to be just over a decade ago. (Regina Leader-Post)

Top 10 QBs in college football through Week 8

6. Mitch Trubisky, North Carolina Tar Heels: Trubisky’s near-perfect QB rating of 146.8 on play-action dropbacks ranks third in nation. He has a chance to move up into the top five by season’s end, potentially entering the draft discussion as well. His 77.1 percent adjusted completion rate is good for fifth nationally. (Pro Football Focus)

William Henderson Enjoying His View From The Booth

William Henderson entered the NFL as a third round pick out of North Carolina in 1995 hoping to earn enough to pay for grad school. Twelve years later, he retired with a Super Bowl ring, a reputation as one of the best fullbacks of his generation, and enough money to pay for grad school a hundred times over. It was never about attention with Henderson. (Inside Carolina)

UNC's third down defense a point of focus

When asked about his defense's performance on Saturday night in UNC's 35-14 win over Virginia, head coach Larry Fedora pointed out one key stat. "The defense held them to 3-of-19 on third down. That is huge. When you do that you have a great chance to win," the fifth year head man said. (Carolina Blue)

Chaos in the Coastal keeps ACC's playoff picture hazy

Don’t look to the polls for answers here. No. 21 North Carolina lost to No. 25 Virginia Tech, but the voters like the Tar Heels better. Pitt’s only two losses came by a combined eight points, but the Panthers earned fewer votes in the latest AP poll than Troy and line up well behind Penn State, a team they beat in Week 2. So how will all this actually play out? (ESPN.com)

The changing mentaity of UNC's defense

UNC's defense is playing at a high level right now. They have limited offenses to fewer than 150 yards on the ground in back-to-back games. Miami was 4-of-15 on third down against the Tar Heels while Virginia was 3-of-19. More importantly, UNC held both Coastal Division foes to 14 or points or fewer. With the way UNC can score, that will get the job done. (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels enter much-needed bye week at No. 21

For a banged up football team, UNC's bye week could not have come at a better time. "I would have liked it two or three weeks ago," Larry Fedora told reporters on Saturday. "We need it.We need to get some guys recovered and fresh. We are a beat up football team." With a bye this Saturday, Fedora detailed the plan for practice this week. (Carolina Blue)

Fedora and Doeren on opposite ends of weekend grades

Larry Fedora, UNC, A: Miami and Virginia are a combined 2-5 in ACC play, but the Tar Heels have given up only 27 on the road in their past two games. That’s a huge improvement. If this same defense shows up for the final four games, starting with Georgia Tech on Nov. 5 in Chapel Hill, UNC should post a second straight double-digit win total in regular season. (WRAL Sports Fan)

Tommy Hatton Named ACC Offensive Lineman and Co-Rookie of the Week

Tommy Hatton, filling in for injured starter Caleb Peterson, graded out at 90 percent and did not allow a sack or a hit on the quarterback in the Tar Heels' 35-14 win at Virginia. Hatton led an offensive line unit that paved the way for Elijah Hood to rush for 107 yards and T.J. Logan 61 yards. The Tar Heels posted 488 yards of total offense against the Cavaliers. (The ACC)

UNC Football Up to No. 21 in Latest AP Top 25

Saturday’s win at Virginia marked the first time in 2016 that the Tar Heels have won as a ranked team. Then ranked No. 22, head coach Larry Fedora’s squad moved up one spot in this week’s poll to No. 21. The Tar Heels are 6-2 as they enter their bye week, but the team had previously lost to both Georgia and Virginia Tech as a member of the top 25. (Chapelboro.com)

Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 35
Virginia: 14
Sat, Oct 22 Box Score

Upcoming Games:
UNC vs. Georgia Tech
Sat, Nov 5, TBD Tickets

UNC @ Duke
Thu, Nov 10, 7:30 ET ESPN Tickets

UNC vs. The Citadel
Sat, Nov 19, TBD Tickets

Full UNC Football Schedule

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ACC Football Scoreboard
Virginia Tech0
at Pittsburgh0
THU, OCT 27 7:00 PM ET
at Virginia0
SAT, OCT 29 12:00 PM ET
at Georgia Tech0
SAT, OCT 29 12:00 PM ET
Boston College0
at NC State0
SAT, OCT 29 12:30 PM ET
at Wake Forest0
SAT, OCT 29 3:30 PM ET
at Notre Dame0
SAT, OCT 29 3:30 PM ET
at Florida State0
SAT, OCT 29 8:00 PM ET
Live scores provided via data feed and may be delayed by a couple of minutes

ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(21) North Carolina4-16-2
(25) Virginia Tech3-15-2
Georgia Tech1-34-3

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(3) Clemson4-07-0
(5) Louisville4-16-1
(12) Florida State2-25-2
Wake Forest2-25-2
NC State1-24-3
Boston College0-43-4

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