Complete coverage of North Carolina Tar Heels Football.
Extra Points: At Last
At long last Saturday evening in Kenan Stadium, the Tar Heels returned to the playing field. Their 53-14 win over A&T will be taken in context, as the level of competition from a FCS school isn’t what the Tar Heels will face in Atlanta or Blacksburg. But the A&T victory was a refreshing gargle of Listerine after the bile from the Gamecocks had fomented for nine days.
Video: UNC, NC A&T bands perform together during halftime show
The NC A&T Aggie Band travels to Chapel Hill to salute sensational artist Katy Perry. Look out for the finale, when we share the field with the UNC Marching Tar Heels band in an historic display of unity between two UNC System schools.
The Good, Bad, and Ugly Report: NC A&T
Coming off the coulda-shoulda-woulda loss to a not-very-good South Carolina team last week, UNC faced an under-manned and over-matched North Carolina A&T team and pretty much met all expectations. The buzz word all week was for Carolina to have a "clean" game and the Heels pretty much delivered. Marquise Williams looked much more comfortable.
ACC Week 2 Power Rankings
9. North Carolina (1-1): North Carolina AT&T provided the perfect bounce-back for UNC after a tough opening-weekend loss. Marquise Williams looked more like himself, and the defense continued to look much better than last year’s outfit. Next up: Illinois, which has looked rejuvenated through two weeks under Bill Cubit.
UNC shows depth in win over Aggies
Larry Fedora has the innate ability to look to the future, even when times are tough in the present. Many players felt dejected after the loss to South Carolina because they invested so much in the game but were unable to get the job done. Quarterback Marquise Williams even said that he couldn't remember the last time he felt so down about a game.
Browns elevate RB Shaun Draughn to active roster
The Cleveland Browns on Saturday signed running back Shaun Draughn to the active roster from the practice squad. Draughn originally signed with the Browns on Dec. 3, 2014 and appeared in four games as a reserve last season. He has appeared in 30 career games since being signed by Washington as an undrafted free agent in 2011.
Quietly, Jonathan Cooper ready for first Week 1 start
Admit it: You haven’t really thought about Jonathan Cooper lately. And really, why should you? The Arizona Cardinals’ right guard has, for all intents and purposes, gone through camp playing well enough to leave no doubt at the position. There have been no injuries, no comments from coaches aimed to fire him up, no drama. Cooper will start Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, and that will be that.
Julius Peppers now an elder statesman for the Packers, still feels young
Older, wiser — definitely more experienced — Julius Peppers is looking forward to his 14th NFL season. At 35, Peppers will be the oldest player on the field when the Packers visit the Chicago Bears in the longtime rivals' season opener Sunday. He considers that an honor. "I'm fortunate to be out here with all of these young guys, (so) I don't mind it," the pass-rush specialist said Friday. "In my eyes, it's a good thing."
North Carolina makes A&T’s first trip to Chapel Hill one to forget
A bridge too far, N.C. A&T’s trip to Carolina was a short journey with a bad ending. Bigger and deeper and with last week’s loss still ringing in its ears, UNC exposed the Aggies early and throughout in a 53-14 shelling at soggy Kenan Stadium. A&T made a harrowing ride from Greensboro to play Carolina for the first time in its history.
Elijah Hood punishes North Carolina A&T defense in UNC's home-opening win
During the pivotal moments of North Carolina's 17-13 loss to South Carolina on Sept. 3, running back Elijah Hood was noticeably absent from the field. On Saturday, he was all over it. Hood's impact was unquestioned in UNC's home opener, bruising North Carolina A&T's defense for 56 yards and two scores and rejuvenating the Tar Heels (1-1) in their 53-14 drubbing of the Aggies (1-1).
Turner's Take: Stepping Stone
Carolina scored touchdowns on their first three possessions, on five of the first six and six of their first eight. Nine days after scoring a single touchdown in 60 minutes, they scored seven in fewer than 40. Meanwhile, the defense caused three turnovers that led to 14 points. When all was said and done, the Tar Heels had even their record and exorcised some demons.
Team Win Allows Tar Heels to Move Forward
Ten different Tar Heels caught passes, led by Quinshad Davis (4 catches, 40 yards). Eight different Tar Heels carried the ball, led by Elijah Hood (16 rushes, 56 yards, 2 TD). Quarterbacks Marquise Williams (15-of-20, 211 yards, 2 TD) and Mitch Trubisky combined to complete 74 percent [20-of-27] of their passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns.
UNC-NC A&T Postgame Notes
Larry Fedora is now 22-18 in four seasons at UNC and 56-37 overall in eight seasons as a head coach. Fedora is 4-0 in home openers at UNC. This was the sixth time in Larry Fedora’s four seasons that the Tar Heels scored 50 or more points in a game and the 16th game with 40 or more points. The Tar Heels out-gained the Aggies, 463-273.
Postgame Quotes - NC A&T
North Carolina A&T Head Coach Rod Broadway: “Well, it was a butt-kicking, actually. And they were too good for us, too fast for us, and, you know, we made way too many mistakes in the first half. We really gave them the opportunity to score too many easy points. We can’t dig those type of holes because we don’t have the firepower to come back against a team like North Carolina."
Larry Fedora Discusses QB Rotation
North Carolina picked up its first win of 2015 with a 53-14 victory over the N.C. A&T Aggies, and head coach Larry Fedora turned to his old bag of tricks regarding the quarterback position. Backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky worked in every third series for starter Marquise Williams in the first half for the first time since UNC’s 34-17 loss to Virginia Tech last October.