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Bug Howard describes game-winning catch, final moments

UNC wide receiver Bug Howard will go down in North Carolina football lore as making one of the biggest and more miraculous catches even in Kenan Stadium. With five seconds remaining in the game and UNC down six to Pittsburgh, center Lucas Crowley hiked the ball to quarterback Mitch Trubisky who tossed the ball to the right front corner of the end zone.

UNC's Identity Coming into Focus

Stats rarely lie, although emotion lacks a numerical value that can be factored into an equation. Pitt ran at will – 228 rushing yards at a 4.9-yards-per-carry clip through three quarters – until the Tar Heel defense decided it was time to make enough plays to give its offense an opportunity to win the game. Three of Pitt’s final four drives were three-and-outs.

Foolish to sleep on UNC’s Switzer during record day

It’s doubtful that opponents will continue to “sleep on” UNC’s receivers, particularly Ryan Switzer. So maybe there will no longer be a need for bathrobes during warmups? “Mack Hollins kept saying that they’re sleeping on us. So we grabbed bathrobes and warmed up for five minutes.” Switzer proceeded to figuratively undress the Pittsburgh secondary all day.

Video: Mitch Trubisky Tosses 5 Touchdowns vs. Pitt

QB Mitch Trubisky continued his excellence under center, throwing for these five touchdowns to four different receivers (including the game-winner with two seconds remaining) in the 37-36 win over Pittsburgh on September 24, 2016.

Sleeping on North Carolina? Wake up and throw on a robe

The bathrobes in UNC's locker room are usually for comfort. But before Saturday's game against Pittsburgh -- a dramatic 37-36 Tar Heels win -- a few of the receivers decided to wear them onto the field as a fashion statement. Ryan Switzer, Bug Howard and Mack Hollins all donned bathrobes as they went through warm-up drills -- until they got a little too warmed up.

UNC's Final Three Plays vs. Pittsburgh

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. With 23 seconds left in UNC’s matchup with Pittsburgh on Saturday, that was the Tar Heels’ plan of action. UNC’s offense found itself on the Panthers’ four-yard line and in need of a touchdown. Trailing 36-30, the Tar Heels needed to find a way to get into the end zone. The plan? Run the same play three times in a row.

Chemistry pivotal in record-setting night for Switzer, Trubisky

It was a historic game for Mitch Trubisky and Ryan Switzer. One that has been a long time coming for the pair of Tar Heels. Trubisky completed 35-of-46 pass attempts for 453 yards and five touchdowns — all career highs. He extended his school record for pass attempts without an interception to 202 and set the UNC record for most passing yards in back-to-back games.

Bug Howard goes up to grab victory

For Bug Howard, 2-yard plays can be just as exciting as those covering a large portion of the football field. Howard made good on that notion Saturday with a pair of 2-yard touchdown catches in the last six minutes in UNC’s 37-36 comeback victory against Pittsburgh at Kenan Stadium. “We work on that play all the time,” Howard said of the jump-ball in the end zone.

Moment finally arrives for UNC's Ryan Switzer and Mitch Trubisky

These were the nights that Ryan Switzer and Mitch Trubisky had played out in their minds. These were the moments they’d spent dreaming up, when all they could do was dream of the day they’d finally play staring roles in games like North Carolina’s heart-stopping 37-36 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday at Kenan Stadium.

ACCXtra Thoughts: North Carolina rallies to top Pitt

This was a turning-point victory. Trailing by 13 points midway through the fourth quarter, it appeared the ship was sailing on UNC's season. A loss would have done irreparable damage to the Tar Heels' division title hopes and given them two losses before October. Instead, UNC made all the right moves down the stretch and showed grit in pulling out the victory.

Howard’s Late TD Caps UNC Football’s Frantic Comeback Win Over Pitt

With his team down 13 points, Mitch Trubisky put together a pair of clutch touchdown drives in the final five and a half minutes—ultimately finding Bug Howard in the end zone with two seconds left on the clock to give UNC (3-1, 1-0 ACC) a stunning 37-36 victory. It was the type of finish that left the crowd utterly speechless as to what they had just witnessed.

Turner's Take: The Payoff

Five seconds. Snap. Mitch Trubisky lofted it up to his right, toward Bug Howard again. Howard turned in the near corner of the end zone, got position on his defender, who tugged at Howard's jersey. The penalty flag flew. Bug got a hand free, his left. It's all he needed. He hauled in the game-tying score with two seconds remaining. "Boom. Game winner," Howard said.

Fedora praises Tar Heels for grit in comeback win

The North Carolina Tar Heels had plenty of opportunities to panic Saturday--the safety, the fumble, the 10-point deficit heading into the fourth. If the comeback is any indication, the players shut out doubt and kept pressing forward. UNC head coach Larry Fedora credited his players on their grit and composure, which was an important ingredient in the comeback.

Pitt-UNC Positives

North Carolina stole one from Pittsburgh on Saturday at Kenan Stadium. On the surface, the Tar Heels had no business beating the Panthers 37-36, and on the flip side, Pitt had no business losing. But common sense and typical patterns are not always what a season is comprised of, and with that, Carolina eked out a victory on a last-second 2-yard touchdown reception by Bug Howard to push the Heels to the victory.

Tar Heels' late win shows glimpses of 2016 identity

Larry Fedora knew his UNC team would need all 60 minutes to beat Pittsburgh, and it took nearly every second to get the 37-36 win. Mitch Trubisky threw his fifth touchdown of the day with just seconds on the clock. Bug Howard's two-yard endzone catch tied the game with two seconds left, then Nick Welier's point-after gave the home team its first lead of the day and the win.

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ACC Football Standings
Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(13) Miami7-210-3
(24) Virginia Tech5-39-4
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(23) NC State6-29-4
Wake Forest4-48-5
Boston College4-47-6
Florida State3-57-6

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