Larry Fedora

Hines Helps NC State Run Past UNC in Tar Heel Football Season Finale

Looking to end the season on a high note with an upset victory on the road against a bitter rival, the UNC football team simply could not find a way to stop Nyheim Hines—who ran for a career-high 196 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday during NC State’s 33-21 victory over the Tar Heels. UNC will finish the season at 3-9 with a 1-7 record in ACC play, but traveled to Raleigh riding a two-game winning streak and playing as well as it has all season. NC State, on the other hand, will head into its bowl game with...

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Austin Proehl Makes Triumphant Return in UNC’s Victory Over Western Carolina

During the first quarter of UNC’s 27-17 loss to Duke back on Sept. 23, senior wide receiver Austin Proehl–the team’s top pass-catching option entering the season–caught a 47-yard pass from quarterback Chazz Surratt which put the Tar Heels deep into Blue Devil territory. Unfortunately for Proehl–and the Tar Heels, the senior broke his collarbone after being dragged down awkwardly. He missed the rest of that game, and each of UNC’s next six outings after that. The team’s official injury report had listed Proehl as being out for the season ever since then–until Saturday’s 65-10 win over Western Carolina. Much...

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Tar Heels Avoid Winless Season at Kenan Stadium With 65-10 Drubbing of Western Carolina

Saturday saw the UNC football team pick up its first home victory in seven attempts this season, as the Tar Heels rolled to a 65-10 demolition over the overmatched Western Carolina Catamounts. It was the final game at Kenan Stadium for the UNC seniors, but it also marked the first career home start for sophomore quarterback Nathan Elliott–who led the Tar Heels to a win at Pittsburgh last week in his first college start of any kind. On Saturday, Elliott threw for 240 yards and four touchdowns without throwing an interception against the Catamounts to deliver UNC its first...

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Nathan Elliott Providing Tar Heels Much-Needed Stability at Quarterback

Since subbing in for Chazz Surratt during UNC’s close loss to Miami three weeks ago, sophomore quarterback Nathan Elliott has provided a much-needed steadying presence for the Tar Heels behind center. He’ll look to continue that this Saturday at Kenan Stadium as UNC hosts Western Carolina. Throughout the Tar Heels’ recent six-game losing streak, head coach Larry Fedora saw his team post some of its worst offensive performances since he arrived in Chapel Hill prior to the 2012 campaign. The struggles peaked with a 51-point blowout loss at the hands of Virginia Tech. During garbage time, however, Fedora decided...

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Ratliff-Williams Shines as UNC Defeats Pittsburgh, Picks Up First ACC Football Win of 2017

Tar Heel football fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief. UNC made sure it wouldn’t go the entire season without an ACC victory, as receiver Anthony Ratliff-Williams played a role in all four of the team’s touchdowns on Thursday night in a 34-31 road win over the Pittsburgh Panthers. Ratliff-Williams sent a message right away when he returned the opening kickoff 98 yards for a score. The Tar Heels (2-8, 1-6 ACC) were not leaving Heinz Field without putting up a fight. His 40-yard circus catch later in the first quarter then set up a short touchdown pass...

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Desperate Tar Heels Hope to Earn First ACC Football Win of 2017 in Primetime Against Pittsburgh Thursday Night

Only three games remain in what has been a nightmare of a season for the UNC football team, with Thursday night’s nationally televised road game at Pittsburgh representing the Tar Heels’ best chance to get a win against conference competition. Sitting at 1-8 and 0-6 against ACC opponents in 2017, UNC is currently on pace to reach double digit losses for the first time since 2003. The Tar Heels have a decent shot at another win when they take on FCS opponent Western Carolina at Kenan Stadium next week. Without knocking off Pittsburgh on Thursday or No. 23 NC...

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Catastrophic Plays, Turnovers Thwart UNC’s Upset Bid Against No. 8 Miami

With the undefeated No. 8 Miami Hurricanes visiting Kenan Stadium on Saturday the UNC football team played well above expectations–but gave up a few too many catastrophic plays on the way to its sixth straight loss, falling by a score of 24-19. The Tar Heel coaching staff uses the term “catastrophic” to describe any play that gains over 20 yards, but Miami took it a step further. Quarterback Malik Rosier was held to just 16 completions on 38 attempts against a motivated UNC defense, but five of those passes went for at least 35 yards–as he posted a career-high...

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UNC Football Reduced to Seeking Moral Victories Through Season’s Home Stretch

Down to just four games left in what has been a season to forget for the UNC football team, head coach Larry Fedora simply wants to make sure his Tar Heels don’t go down without a fight—both this week against No. 8 Miami and beyond. Moral victories aren’t too many people’s idea of a good time, but that’s where things have come to for this group of Tar Heels. Five straight losses have dropped the team to a 1-7 record, while the offense continues to set new lows for the Fedora era. Last week’s 52-point loss at Virginia Tech...

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No. 14 Virginia Tech Hammers UNC Football, Hands Tar Heels Worst Loss of Fedora Era

In perhaps the most embarrassing defeat of head coach Larry Fedora’s six-year tenure, the UNC football team allowed No. 14 Virginia Tech to reel off 52 consecutive points on the way to a 59-7 win. The last time UNC played a game at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, it was 2015 and the Tar Heels were clinching their first ACC Coastal Division title while handing longtime Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer a loss in his final home game. The Hokies made up for that game and then some on Saturday, as they handed the Tar Heels their worst defeat...

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UNC Defense Looking to Limit Big Plays Against No. 14 Virginia Tech

The offensive struggles for the UNC football team have been well-documented during the team’s 1-6 start this season, but it’s the defense’s biggest problem area that could doom the Tar Heels this week in Blacksburg against No. 14 Virginia Tech. While it’s obvious that UNC will have to find a way to score points no matter who the quarterback is, the Hokies have the ability to put the pressure on the Tar Heels right from the get-go. Head coach Justin Fuente’s team boasts the nation’s 25th most prolific offense. Led by freshman dual-threat quarterback Josh Jackson, Virginia Tech will...

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