T.J. Yates, Texans hold off Jets for third straight win
Playing with their third different starting quarterback this season, the Houston Texans knew they'd need to add some new wrinkles to their offense in order to beat the New York Jets. Quarterback T.J. Yates got some help in the passing game from receiver Cecil Shorts, who threw a touchdown pass to help the Texans to the 24-17 victory over the Jets (5-5). Yates tossed two TDs to DeAndre Hopkins. (Associated Press
The Good, Bad, and Ugly Report: Virginia Tech
UNC was able to move beyond its past and recover in overtime to give the Tar Heels a berth in the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte. It wasn't pretty but it was a win, and it was the kind of win that has eluded UNC for over 30 years. So with that in mind, here is the divisional championship edition of the GBU Report: (Tar Heel Blog
UNC Football Rises to No. 11 in the Polls
After the big win against Virginia Tech, UNC moved up one spot to No. 11 in both the AP and Coaches Polls, released Sunday. The Tar Heels are the second highest ranked team from the ACC, trailing No. 1 Clemson. The College Football Playoff rankings don't come out until Tuesday night. UNC was ranked 17th in the last CFP rankings but should move up due to some losses by teams above them. (Carolina Blue
Video: Elijah Hood Hits 1,000 Yards Rushing vs. Virginia Tech
Elijah Hood did his part (17 carries, 116 yards, 2 TDs) to help the Tar Heels beat Virginia Tech in overtime, and eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark on the season.
ACC Football Week 12 Power Rankings
2. North Carolina Tar Heels (10-1, 7-0) - Was it pretty? No. But North Carolina overcame all the emotion surrounding Frank Beamer's final game at Lane Stadium -- and more importantly, overcame two late fumbles by Marquise Williams -- to come away with its 10th straight win and secure the Coastal Division title. (ESPN.com
Video: UNC Locker Room Post-Virginia Tech Celebration
Go inside the North Carolina Football locker room for the team's postgame celebration, coach Fedora's address to the team, and the ACC Coastal Division trophy presentation.
Giovani Bernard knows why, and how far, he has run
Yvens and Giovani Bernard lived in apartments mean enough to make Yvens wonder why he ever left Haiti. Occasionally, they didn't eat. When Yvens couldn't pay the utility bills, they had no water or electricity. When he couldn't pay the rent, he slept in his car and Giovani stayed with friends. Football has made Giovani wealthy. Back then, it saved him. (Cincinnati Enquirer
Quinton Coples gives worrisome scouting report of Texans’ mystery QB T.J. Yates
T.J. Yates might be a mystery to most of the Jets on Sunday, but at least one of them is very familiar with the Texans’ fill-in at quarterback. Linebacker Quinton Coples played alongside Yates for three seasons at North Carolina, and Coples is here to warn everyone his former college teammate won’t be an easy mark for the Jets this weekend when they visit Houston. (New York Post
The Shoe That Didn't Drop: The Expected UNC Football Stumble That Never Came
Perhaps more than any other time all season, UNC took a game which so much had gone wrong and mustered enough right plays to get the win. The 2015 Tar Heels came face-to-face with the demons of UNC's football past and, with a division title on the line, exorcised them. For the first time in long time UNC fans can stop waiting for the other shoe to drop. (Tar Heel Blog
What sort of football season is this?
I'm still too burned by the history of Carolina Football to look to the future and think this is the start of something big. I'm just going to enjoy the ride. UNC has 10 wins for the first time since 1997. That's special, and it's a season that will be bookmarked no matter what. I don't know what the rest of the ride will be like, but this one so far has been fun. Here's hoping it stays that way. (Intimate Thoughts of Al Hood
Heels clinch Coastal, Fedora 'dabs'
Larry dabbed on 'em. North Carolina clinched the ACC Coastal Division Saturday with a 30-27 overtime victory at Virginia Tech, so head coach Larry Fedora did what all the cool kids are doing these days: He busted out the "Dab." (WRAL Sports Fan
Turner's Take: Finding A Way
UNC moved to 10-1 on the year and 7-0 in ACC play, setting up a date with Clemson in the conference championship game on December 5. The Tar Heels have checked the ‘Coastal Champs’ box and now look to do the same to the box next to ‘State Champs’ with a trip to NC State next weekend. This game was not pretty, but it was a win, which brings me to the last portion of Fedora’s quote..." (GoHeels.com
Davis: That's the kind of thing you dream about as a kid on the playground (video)
UNC wide receiver Quinshad Davis says hauling in the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime against Virginia Tech was a wonderful feeling for him. (WRAL Sports Fan
Hokies' best shot not quite good enough in house that Frank built
The only comparable outpouring for a coach that I've witnessed was when UNC's Dean Smith eclipsed Adolph Rupp's career victories record in a 1997 NCAA tournament game in Winston-Salem, N.C. Those Tar Heels eventually carried Smith to the Final Four, an elite status these Hokies (5-6, 3-4 ACC) never approached. But that's OK. In fact, it's added to Frank Beamer's affection for this group. (Daily Press
Tar Heels Clinch Coastal
On a historic day at Lane Stadium, No. 12 North Carolina made history of its own by clinching its first-ever Coastal Division title. It was a grind. There were hard hits, questionable play calls and coaching decisions, a plethora of punts and penalties, and ACC referee Ron Cherry, for good measure. It was a fitting conclusion to a decade-long quest rife with disappointment and turmoil. (Inside Carolina