ACC Football Power Rankings: Week 6
14. North Carolina Tar Heels: Record: 2-3 overall, 0-2 conference; Previous ranking: 14; The defense had allowed 120 points combined over the two weeks leading up to the Virginia Tech game, but it was the offense that let the Tar Heels down Saturday. One of the Coastal favorites heading into the season, the Heels are the conference's most disappointing team.
The Missing Element: UNC Rushing Attack
The Carolina rushing attack has struggled to gain traction all season long, but the void was especially glaring Saturday against Virginia Tech. The tailback trio of T.J. Logan, Romar Morris and Elijah Hood combined for 15 yards on nine carries. Through five games in the 2014 season, the stable of highly-touted UNC running backs has only mustered a combined 450 yards.
Extra Points: Speed Bump
On Saturday on a sun-splashed afternoon in Kenan Stadium against Virginia Tech, it was the Tar Heels' fast-paced and big-play offense that hit a major speed bump. The Tar Heels didn't score a touchdown in the first half. They had only 323 total yards for the game and converted just two of 13 third-downs.
Video: Parachute Jumpers Deliver Game Ball To Kenan
The All Veteran Group is a unique collection of highly experienced parachutists who represent the essence of what it means to be an American: patriotism, creativity, initiative, professionalism and dedication to excellence. Ride along with them as they deliver the game ball for UNC's Military Appreciation Day.
Video: Gio's Journey
The story of how Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter helped Giovani Bernard on his path to the NFL.
Video: Larry Fedora Post-Virginia Tech Press Conference
North Carolina Head Coach Larry Fedora answers questions from the media following UNC's loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday October 4, 2014.
Julius Peppers almost forgets Lambeau Leap after making NFL history
When Julius Peppers got in the end zone Thursday night, he almost forgot to celebrate like a Green Bay Packer. Peppers intercepted a deflected Christian Ponder pass in the second quarter and returned it 49 yards for his first touchdown as a member of the Packers. Peppers was soon greeted by teammate Morgan Burnett, who was pointing to the stands. After a brief pause, Peppers made the Lambeau Leap.
Trip to Foxboro reunites Giovani Bernard with friend who once provided a home
How do you thank the family that took you in? That gave you so much and asked for nothing in return? How do you thank the family that gave you shelter when your only option was to sleep in a car parked on the streets of South Florida? Giovani Bernard still isn’t sure.
What we learned in the ACC: Week 6
The two-quarterback system isn’t working for North Carolina. Mitch Trubisky was 1-of-4 for 11 yards and threw a disastrous pick-six during his limited time on the field in a 34-17 loss to Virginia Tech, and once again Tar Heels fans are wondering why Larry Fedora insists on the merry-go-round at QB.
Has the bell tolled on the Tar Heels' season?
A bell tolled to announce the start of the fourth quarter between UNC and Virginia Tech Saturday at Kenan Stadium, but it might well have been signaling the end of the Tar Heels' season. Even though UNC hasn't even reached the midpoint of its schedule, Saturday's 34-17 loss to the Hokies was enough to make even ardent fans wonder if the Tar Heels have already mailed it in.
Analysis: UNC facing QB quandary
Through five games this season, the Tar Heels have stuck to a two-quarterback system. On Saturday, that system backfired in a painful way en route to the Tar Heels’ third straight loss, 34-17 to visiting Virginia Tech. Trubisky’s first drive came just after Virginia Tech scored to go up by two touchdowns and ended in a cloud of dust.
Jonathan Cooper clears injury-riddled hurdles, ready for chance to return
A month into his second year, Jonathan Cooper has yet to start an NFL game -- not quite how the career of a seventh-overall pick was supposed to begin. Last year was a wash, erased by a broken leg that sidelined him for all of 2013. He entered Year 2 with all the expectations that would accompany his status, but the mental hurdles of overcoming a serious injury proved too high.
UNC's Offense Stalls Out
North Carolina’s offense sputtered out of the pregame locker room yet again on Saturday as the Tar Heels managed just a field goal before halftime in falling behind Virginia Tech by three touchdowns. “We played about as poor as we can play in the first half,” UNC head coach Larry Fedora told reporters following his team’s 34-17 loss.
UNC defense: It's definitely a pride thing
The first two times Virginia Tech had the ball on Saturday, the Hokies scored touchdowns against North Carolina’s defense. A Tar Heel defense already under fire after allowing 120 points over the last two games faced an early challenge. “It was definitely a pride thing,” UNC defensive tackle Justin Thomason said.
Disappointment for UNC
Marquise Williams went to sleep Friday night thinking about UNC’s first play call, “60 right bullets,” which was designed to hit running back Romar Morris down the sideline for a big gain. When it came time to execute it Saturday, Morris was wide open. But Williams was sandwiched, lost the football, and the Hokies recovered. It was the start of a dismal offensive day for the Tar Heels.