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Larry Fedora answered questions about the direction of his program following his team’s 70-41 dismantling while fireworks exploded in the sky overhead. As reporters focused on what had just happened on the field outside, the more pressing questions deal with how the Tar Heels move forward following the worst defensive performance in school history. (Inside Carolina)

Larry Fedora Post-ECU Quotes & Video

Larry Fedora's opening comments: ”We were outcoached, out played, everything. I’ll take full responsibility for it." What was the most disappointing aspect? Fedora: “I don’t know what the most disappointing aspect was. There was a lot of disappointment. I’m not sure we executed in just about anything. It wasn’t a good plan. It makes you reevaluate everything.” (Inside Carolina)

ECU puts up historic numbers in 70-41 rout of UNC

After ECU put up 55 points and 603 yards in Kenan Stadium last year, UNC vowed that this year’s rematch would be different. It was — UNC’s defense was even worse. Historically worse. The Pirates scored more points and posted more yards (789) than any UNC opponent ever as a school-record crowd of 51,082 watched ECU dominate its in-state rival 70-41. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Turner's Take: The Road From Here

We may look back at this game and say the East Carolina Pirates were the best team the Tar Heels played all year, but the road from here doesn’t get easier. Carolina travels to Clemson next weekend, returns home to face Virginia Tech the following week, then plays at Notre Dame, then hosts Georgia Tech on October 18. It’s a murderer’s row, and it’s a crucial stretch. (GoHeels.com)

Recap & Analysis: ECU 70 UNC 41

Brutal doesn't even begin to describe it. ECU broke open the game late in the first half on the way to a 70-41 win. ECU's 70 points eclipsed the 69 posted by Louisville against the Heels in 2005 and 748 yards of total offense blew past the 669 yards Utah rolled up in 2004. I am not sure this is the John Bunting Era, Part II but it certainly feels like it right now. (Tar Heel Blog)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - East Carolina

There are plenty of ugly numbers from Saturday's loss, none more so than the final score of 70-41. East Carolina racked up the most yards ever against North Carolina (789), tied the most points ever scored against Carolina (70) and has now amassed 1,392 yards in two games against the Tar Heels over the last two years. (GoHeels.com)

East Carolina beats North Carolina 70-41

Shane Carden threw for 438 yards and four touchdowns to help East Carolina beat North Carolina 70-41 on Saturday, turning in another dominating performance against its instate rival. And they earned this one in record-setting fashion, from the biggest home crowd in school history to setting a new program mark with 789 total yards. It was also the most points and yards ever allowed by the Tar Heels. (ESPN.com)

Video: UNC Fake Field Goal For a Touchdown vs. ECU

Tommy Hibbard throws to Eric Albright for a touchdown on a fake field goal attempt against ECU Saturday in Greenville. (View Video...)

Video: T.J. Thorpe touchdown pass from Ryan Switzer vs. ECU

North Carolina wide receiver Ryan Switzer connects with fellow wide receiver T.J. Thorpe for a 35-yard touchdown against ECU Saturday in Greenville, NC. (View Video...)

Box Score: UNC 41, ECU 70

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 70-41 loss to the East Carolina Pirates in Greenville on Saturday: (View Box Score)

ECU wide receiver Cam Worthy suspended

In a press release, ECU announced that Cam Worthy has been suspended for the next two games. The reason given? A school student code of conduct violation, which stemmed from, the release stated, a late-summer verbal disagreement between Worthy and another male student on campus. (NBC Sports)

Tar Heels plenty motivated heading into ECU rematch

East Carolina put up 55 points and 603 yards against North Carolina last year with an offense that featured quarterback Shane Carden, who accounted for six touchdowns, and Justin Hardy, who is in reach of the FBS record for career receptions. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Video: UNC-ECU Pre-Game Motivational Video

Motivational video made by @UNCFBVIDEO of the Tar Heels' second game highlights. UNC's players watched this in pregame at the hotel today before the East Carolina game. (View Video...)

Batten: There's more at stake this time around for UNC, ECU

Pride has been the only real thing at stake in most of the 16 football meetings between East Carolina and North Carolina. Sure, the Pirates gained a bit of notoriety for blasting the Tar Heels 55-31 last season en route to a 10-3 finish. But there's never been a conference championship or bowl bid at stake in the series, or even a national ranking threatened. (Fayetteville Observer)

UNC/ECU: Keys to the Game

The Pirates have to win the battle up front on both offense and defense. Defensively, ECU faced one of the top offensive lines in the country two weeks ago against South Carolina and held their own. Last week, with the return of big Terry Williams, the defensive line played even better and held 17th-ranked Virginia Tech to 7 first half points and 21 for the game. (Bonesville.net)

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