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Video: Ryan Switzer Breaks Away for a 63-yard TD
Ryan Switzer takes the quick screen from Marquise Williams and jets 63 yards for the touchdown against Pittsburgh on November 15, 2014 in Kenan Stadium.
Breakin’ It Down: Pittsburgh
The North Carolina football team had two weeks to lick its wounds following a blowout 47-20 loss at Miami. The 4-5 Tar Heels will now welcome the Pitt Panthers, a squad with an identical 4-5 record, into Kenan Stadium Saturday for a 12:30 p.m. kickoff that is a must-win situation for postseason eligibility.
Preview & Prediction: UNC vs Pittsburgh
A loss in this game puts the Heels needing wins against Duke in Durham and NC State at home to become bowl eligible. It is not overstating the case that UNC's season may very well ride on this game. While a lower tier bowl isn't exactly desirable, the extra practices bowl game affords is vital to a program that needs to cultivate young talent and depth. Prediction: UNC 44 Pitt 41
Fedora to Tar Heels: Don't let 2014 season slide away
North Carolina’s Ryan Switzer isn’t worried about the Tar Heel football bandwagon getting lighter now that basketball season has begun. The UNC (4-5, 2-3 ACC) football team has work to do, Switzer says, beginning with today’s homecoming game (12:30 p.m., WRAL) against ACC and Coastal Division rival Pittsburgh (4-5, 2-3 ACC).
T.J. Yates Accomplishes Rare Feat During Atlanta Falcons' Bye Week
Falcons quarterback TJ Yates can say he's done something few professional golfers have after what can only be described as a productive bye week. Thinking about getting some rest and relaxation before the Falcons would return for last week's preparations for Tampa Bay, Yates took his wife, Amy, out to Sugar Hill Golf Club, not far from Falcons headquarters, for a quick nine holes.
Video: UNC vs Miami 2009: Can't Be Touched
The Tar Heels put on a highlight reel performance, beating the Miami Hurricanes 33-24 on November 14, 2009 in Chapel Hill, highlighted by cornerback Kendric Burney's 3 interceptions and a school record 170 interception return yards.
Countdown to Kickoff: Pittsburgh
North Carolina must win two of its final three games to become bowl eligible. First up is a home matchup with Coastal Division foe Pittsburgh on Saturday (12:30pm/ACCN). UNC is favored by two points in the second meeting between these programs as ACC rivals. The Tar Heels outlasted the Panthers, 34-27, in last season’s contest in Pittsburgh.
Tar Heels host Panthers as teams chase bowl bids
UNC's defense has struggled to stop anybody this season. Now the Tar Heels must figure out a way to slow down one of the nation's top rushers. Pittsburgh's James Conner is averaging 149.1 yards rushing, good for fourth nationally, heading into Saturday's trip to UNC. And the 6-foot-2, 250-pound sophomore is facing a defense allowing nearly 220 yards rushing per game.
Carolina Rundown: November 14
Vince Carter had 11 points and four rebounds. Brandan Wright had 14 points and five rebounds. Harrison Barnes had 12 points. Da'Norris Searcy had three tackles in the Thursday night game. It looks like Eric Ebron will play this weekend. A recruiting coup for Carolina, as Jalen Dalton signed and will enroll in January.
Nick Weiler vs. Thomas Moore: Who will it be for UNC football?
For six months, Larry Fedora stayed quiet, keeping his lips tight between Feb. 20 and Aug. 30 about who his starting quarterback might be. Marquise Williams. Mitch Trubisky. Now, Fedora is in the midst of another decision regarding an open competition that began two weeks ago after the Tar Heels lost to Miami 47-20. Nick Weiler. Thomas Moore. A battle for the kicking job.
Six storylines: UNC vs. Pittsburgh
Can North Carolina get any production from its short-handed running back corps? Junior running back Romar Morris was arrested for DWI less than 24 hours after UNC’s loss against Miami, and freshman running back Elijah Hood hasn’t played in over a month due to injury. Morris is suspended for UNC’s game against Pittsburgh, and Hood is not expected to play.
Tale of the Tape: UNC vs Pitt
Some of Pitt's rushing numbers would be frightening for UNC except everyone is used to them by now. Panther RB James Conner racks up copious yardage giving the Panthers a nice, fat 247 yards per game or 5.4 yards per rushing attempt. Against UNC allowing 4.8 yards per game and third down conversions at 49%, Pitt could have a ball control field day.
UNC Football Looking To Match Pitt’s Physicality Saturday
The 4-5 North Carolina football team desperately needs a Homecoming win against the 4-5 Pittsburgh Panthers Saturday. The 12:30 p.m. kickoff inside Kenan Stadium will feature one of the nation’s premier running backs, and he’s not playing for the Tar Heels. The Panthers are playing an old-school brand of power football that Pittsburgh fans enjoy and opposing ACC defenses lament.
Pitt’s Conner presents familiar, but different challenge for UNC defense
Pittsburgh sophomore running back James Conner is averaging better than six yards per carry and has scored 17 rushing touchdowns while ranking third nationally with 1,342 yards. Those numbers only figure to rise against an UNC defense that ranks dead last in the ACC and allows an average of 219.7 yards per game. “You’re going to have to get multiple hats to him to get him down,” Fedora said.
Video: Caleb Pressley Speaks at ZTA Sorority Academic Banquet
Caleb Pressley speaks at the University of North Carolina Zeta Tau Alpha Academic Banquet on November 11, 2014.