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Five With Fedora: Virginia Tech Game
What did you see on the film that hindered Mitch Trubisky’s performance? Larry Fedora: “I thought his feet were antsy and his eyes weren’t always in the right places. The tendencies that have gotten him into trouble in the past plagued him again in this game. Then nobody was making any plays which I think caused him to press really hard."
ESPN's ACC Football Week 6 Power Rankings
4. North Carolina: Saturday's setback against Virginia Tech was a tough home loss for the Tar Heels, who did not respond well to the rain and wind. They need some help to get back to the ACC title game, but this is still a talented group.
Art’s Angle: A Bad Call
Bet you Bubba Cunningham would have delayed the game time if he had to do it all over again. It wasn’t TV that made the Tar Heels host Virginia Tech in the worst weather imaginable for an October afternoon. It was Carolina’s call all the way. Here is how Carolina nearly drowned playing this game in a Hurricane:
UNC Secondary Still Looking for First Interception
A quick gaze over North Carolina's defensive statistics six games into the season and one thing stands out: Zero interceptions. "We have no interceptions," Coach Warren plainly stated. "We're not making plays on balls when we have opportunities to. So that is the one thing that is frustrating. When we have guys covering we have to make plays."
Nazair Jones discusses VT loss
One of the few bright spots from Saturday's 34-3 loss to Virginia Tech in Kenan Stadium was the play of UNC defensive tackle Nazair Jones. The emotional defensive leader and best player along the Tar Heel front four finished the game with nine tackles, one sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Jones spoke with reporters following the loss.
Kaaya dealing with shoulder injury as Miami begins preparing for UNC
Against Florida State on Saturday, Hurricanes quarterback Brad Kaaya took hit after hit. And while the quarterback vowed that he’d be back on the field next week when No. 10 Miami hosts Coastal Division rival North Carolina, there’s a chance Kaaya could miss some practice time this week, Hurricanes coach Mark Richt said on Sunday.
UNC’s energy falls along with the rain
It was one of the biggest home football games in years, a battle of ranked teams. Instead of bringing the needed approach, the Tar Heels never seemed to find the right mentality or energy. Instead of showing that they were ready to make a move nationally, they took several steps backward in a 34–3 loss Saturday to Virginia Tech.
UNC Coughs Up Coastal Lead
The prevailing wind of dramatic finishes that has carried North Carolina in recent weeks was upended on Saturday by Virginia Tech amidst the fury of Hurricane Matthew. The aftermath, as is often the case, offers a different perspective at the tenuous road ahead. Virginia Tech scored 20 points off four UNC turnovers and scored another touchdown not long after.
No Excuses: Trubisky ponders what went wrong
It was the type of postgame interview one would expect from a quarterback who was 13-for-33 for 58 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions. Mitch Trubisky didn't say much (he rarely does), but he said the right things. "No excuses. Virginia Tech played well. We didn't," the junior told reporters after UNC's 34-3 loss to the Hokies on Saturday.
T.J. Logan - Saturday's lone playmaker
This season people have called him the X-factor. But on Saturday, T.J. Logan was the only playmaker. Logan led the Tar Heels with 67 rushing yards and hauled in six receptions for 30 yards, when no other UNC receiver had more than 12 yards. He single-handedly accounted for 97 of North Carolina's 131 total yards.
Meet the X-Factor: T.J. Logan
This season people have called him the X-factor. But on Saturday T.J. Logan was the only playmaker. Logan was the only player who had a play of more than 20 yards during the North Carolina's 34-3 loss to Virginia Tech. The game many will call the Hurricane game.
Extra Points: Wet, Wet, Wet
The football field in Kenan Stadium just over a year old with tight bermuda turf and a state-of-the-art foundation of 10 inches of sand over four of gravel drained remarkably well as Hurricane Matthew roared northward from Florida and left a deluge of some five inches of rainfall by kick-off in Chapel Hill. The footing was one thing. Handling the ball was another.
Hokies blow through Tar Heels
While No. 17 North Carolina seemed out of kilter throughout Saturday’s game, what might have been most puzzling to the Tar Heels was how Virginia Tech dealt with the dicey conditions presented by Hurricane Matthew. By the end, it was like Hurricane Hokies had blown through, delivering the Tar Heels a 34-3 ACC defeat at Kenan Stadium.
UNC's Coastal hopes take hit with loss to Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech staked its claim as the Coastal Division team to beat on Saturday with a dominating and thorough 34-3 win over North Carolina. The Tar Heels will have to hope for a little luck to repeat as Coastal Division champs, and it's out of their hands at this point as they take their first ACC loss since 2014
Patriots waive former UNC guard Jonathan Cooper
For four weeks, Jonathan Cooper's foot injury kept him off the field. Now, he's off the Patriots' roster. The guard was released by New England on Saturday. Cooper arrived in Foxborough via an offseason trade with the Cardinals. Arizona selected Cooper as the seventh-overall pick in 2013 out of the University of North Carolina.