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Road wins add to Coastal chaos
One play wonder: Mitch Trubisky played only one snap for UNC at Virginia on Saturday, but he made it count. Subbing for Marquise Williams, who had to sit out a play because his helmet came off, the freshman threw a 16-yard strike to T.J. Thorpe for the game-winning score in a 28-27 Tar Heel victory. It was Trubisky's first pass since throwing a pick six against Virginia Tech four weeks ago.
In topsy-turvy win, UNC finds reason to believe
So it was, on this turbulent afternoon beneath a sublime autumnal sky, that UNC managed to turn the bleak into the bright, the absurd into the advantageous. They felt, for the second straight week, not the specter of an academic scandal or the weight of unfulfilled preseason promise. They felt reason to believe. “We’re still in it,” Marquise Williams said. “We’re going to keep fighting.”
Extra Points: Surprise
Just as the Southern Miss staff had sniffed out a weakness in the Virginia special teams execution three years ago, so too did the Carolina staff this year. The Tar Heels had been practicing an onside kick regularly for more than a month and Ron West, who coaches linebackers and coordinates the kick-off team, believed this would be an ideal week to implement it.
Logan Zone: Fedora's magic act in Charlottesville
UNC led for just over four minutes of game time Saturday in a 28-27 win at Virginia. They happened to be the final four as the Tar Heels extended their win streak against the Cavs to five. How did it happen? Maybe some magic. “Larry Fedora is not a football coach, he’s a magician,” said Steve Logan who swallowed his words from two weeks ago when he said he didn’t see another win on UNC’s slate.
ACC Football Power Rankings: Week 9
8. North Carolina Tar Heels: North Carolina is proving to be the cardiac Heels once again, rallying in the second half to beat UVa. Mitch Trubisky threw the game-winning touchdown pass to T.J. Thorpe, and Larry Fedora made the gutsy onside kick call to help them stay in the Coastal race.
The Good, Bad, and Ugly Report: Virginia
The Tar Heels were out-rushed and out-passed by the Cavaliers. UNC gave up three sacks, was dreadful in the kicking game and even worse in tackling. They could never establish the run and were an anemic 5-for-15 in 3rd and 4th down conversions. But for once, Carolina made the most of their opportunities and won the game on the scoreboard and not the stat sheet.
Why is Jets OLB Quinton Coples playing less and less?
A curious pattern is developing with the Jets' defense—and, no, this isn't another disquisition on the unit's inability to get off the field because it keeps failing to make stops on third down. Outside linebacker Quinton Coples, the Jets' 2012 first-round draft pick, has seen his playing time decrease substantially in the last two games.
ACC helmet stickers: Week 9
UNC WR Mack Hollins: If you are only going to touch the ball three times over the course of a game, you better make the most of each opportunity. How do two touchdowns, 120 yards and the game-clinching onside-kick recovery sound for opportunistic? UNC QB Mitch Trubisky: Speaking of making something out of relatively nothing, how about the Heels’ backup quarterback?
Video: Mack Hollins, Nazair Jones Post-Virginia Interviews
Mack Hollins and Nazair Jones discuss North Carolina's 28-27 win over Virginia on Saturday in Charlottesville.
Ravens cut Ryan Taylor
The Ravens have promoted tight end Phillip Supernaw from the practice squad to the active roster and cut tight end Ryan Taylor. Taylor was previously with the Green Bay Packers. Supernaw has recovered from a hamstring injury that sidelined him against the Indianapolis Colts.
Crazy fourth quarter decided the North Carolina-Virginia game
North Carolina coach Larry Fedora had the right idea when he described the final five minutes against Virginia as wild and hectic. Other adjectives that work: Improbable. Crazy. Insane. Head-scratching ... You get the idea.
Video: Best of UNC's Marquise Williams vs Virginia
Check out an unbelievable performance by UNC quarterback Marquise Williams. Williams threw for 259 yards and scored 3 total touchdowns including a 52-yard rushing touchdown as the Tar Heels beat Virginia 28-27. Courtesy of the ACC Digital Network.
Giovani Bernard hates NFL fantasy football
Giovani Bernard doesn't care about your fantasy team. The Cincinnati Bengals running back certainly wants to do well and understands how he performs on a weekly basis affects a lot of other people. He just doesn't seem to have a whole lot of sympathy for fantasy owners, especially since entering the NFL.
WR Dwight Jones assigned to Arena League's Arizona Rattlers
The world champion Arizona Rattlers have been assigned wide receiver Dwight Jones for the 2015 Arena Football League season. This will be Jones' first season in the AFL. After playing four seasons at UNC, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Jones signed in 2012 as an undrafted rookie free agent with the NFL's Houston Texans. He most recently spent time with the NFL's New York Jets.
Turner's Take: Finding a Way
Virginia should have beaten Carolina on Saturday. The Cavaliers dominated time of possession by more than a quarter, ran 23 more plays and rushed for 60 more yards than the Tar Heels. UNC, meanwhile, did not snap the ball inside the Virginia 20-yard line until fewer than six minutes remained in the game. And yet, when the final whistle blew, it was the Tar Heels who had a 28-27 win.