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Tar Heels Licking Wounds Heading Into Bye Week
It was tricks not treats for the Tar Heels over Halloween weekend. The Tar Heel football team heads into a bye week with a bitter taste in the mouth following a 47-20 beating at Miami Saturday. UNC head coach Larry Fedora’s squad was thoroughly dominated in all three phases of the game.
Tyler Zeller is on a roll with Rajon Rondo
For a split second, Tyler Zeller couldn’t believe he was all by himself under the rim. Naturally, Zeller thought it was odd when he tried to set a screen for Rajon Rondo early in the second quarter of the Celtics’ blowout win over the Nets on Wednesday night and no one followed him to the basket.
The Good Bad and Ugly Report: Miami
It was particularly disheartening because even in defeat, UNC had played with intensity (with the notable exception of the ECU game) but Miami ran over, around, and through Carolina. It is hard to describe this as anything other than a huge step backwards for a team that has shown improvement in the second half of the season over the past two years.
ACC Football Power Rankings: Week 10
10. North Carolina Tar Heels: The Tar Heels' momentum came to a screeching halt in Miami, as the offense mustered just 258 total yards and the defense gave up more than 40 points for the fifth time this season. They get a bye before facing Pitt and 1,000-yard rusher James Conner.
Tar Heels outrun by Johnson, Miami, jeopardizing bowl prospects
When North Carolina freshman linebacker Cayson Collins was in high school in Charlotte, he used to watch highlights of Duke Johnson on YouTube with his teammates. Seeing how explosive the Miami junior could be on tape didn’t help Collins — or any other UNC player — contain Johnson on Saturday as the Hurricanes dominated the Tar Heels 47-20 at Sun Life Stadium.
Video: Bills safety Da'Norris Searcy intercepts Jets quarterback Michael Vick
Da'Norris Searcy picks off a Michael Vick pass in last Sunday's game, a 43-23 Bills win.
Hurricanes blow past UNC football 47-20
The Tar Heels could never get in a rhythm offensively. And it cost them. Their offensive struggles, which resulted in just the second-fewest amount of points the team has scored all season, cost them a third straight win, crushed the sense of momentum common among the players and might, in the grand scheme of things, be the turning point of UNC’s season.
San Diego Chargers Release Shaun Draughn
The San Diego Chargers reinforced the secondary on Saturday, adding safety Adrian Phillips from the practice squad. To make room, the team released running back Shaun Draughn. Draughn appeared in four games with the Chargers, running the ball 10 times for 19 yards.
UNC-Miami Larry Fedora Postgame Quotes
Larry Fedora opening comments: “Rough ball game today. I’m not sure if any one of our three phases played very well. We’ve got to go back and evaluate the tape look at it, get it corrected and hopefully come out and be a better football team in two weeks.” On the offense: “It was very disappointing. I don’t think we played well up front. Anywhere. Quarterback, running backs, wide receivers."
Turner's Take: Keep Punching
Carolina’s offense continued its unfortunate pattern of slow starts –they didn’t snap the ball on the Miami side of the 50-yard line until the second half– and that ripples out to effect the whole team. “We were behind so early, and so fast, it was hard to stay in a game plan, so your game plan, you have to adjust with it, and we didn’t do a very good job of that,” Fedora said afterward.
Tar Heels Stunned in South Florida
North Carolina entered Saturday’s contest with Miami in control of its Coastal Division destiny. The Tar Heels left Sun Life Stadium with their worst ACC loss under Larry Fedora and questions surrounding their potential bowl eligibility. “This is a tough one,” sophomore receiver Ryan Switzer said following UNC’s 47-20 loss. “We all came down here feeling like we could compete, and they just whipped us.”
Hurricanes steamroll Tar Heels
After two straight wins, it appeared the North Carolina football team was back on track. The team turned a corner following four straight losses, and a Coastal Division crown wasn't out of the question. But the train to the ACC championship derailed in a catastrophic wreck in Sun Life Stadium as the Tar Heels were decimated by Miami 47-20 Saturday afternoon.
Recap & Analysis: Miami 47 UNC 20
Ugly doesn't begin to describe it. Miami's Duke Johnson ran for 177 yards, had 49 yards receiving and scored three touchdowns as the Hurricanes blew a 16-6 game open late in the first half on the way to a 47-20 win over the Tar Heels. Anyone who has been paying attention recently knew Johnson would be difficult to stop for the Tar Heels.
Duke Johnson scores 3 TDs, Miami rolls past Heels 47-20
Duke Johnson went over the 3,000-yard mark for his career and scored three times despite getting most of the second half off, Brad Kaaya threw three touchdown passes and Miami rolled past North Carolina 47-20 on Saturday. Quarterback Marquise Williams had a pair of touchdown runs and Cayson Collins returned a fumble 39 yards for a score for UNC (4-5, 2-3).
Rapid Reactions: Miami
There was a moment when it looked like Cayson Collins' 39-yard fumble return for a touchdown might be a momentum turner, as it took the Tar Heels from trailing 9-0 to within 9-6. Instead, it just turned out to be a temporary island in a hurricane of Miami points. There's just not much to say about that 47-20 defeat--the 'Canes were better in every phase of the game.