Clemson freshman Deshaun Watson threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more and Clemson posted its first shutout in six years, defeating North Carolina State 41-0 on Saturday.
Pride did come in marked improvement by the Tar Heel defense after embarrassing results the last two Saturdays in a 70-41 loss at East Carolina and a 50-35 loss at Clemson.
Superman came to O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium Saturday. But the N.C. Central Eagles made Howard quarterback Greg McGhee look more mortal than normal in a 27-22 win over the Bison.
Shane Carden threw for 410 yards and four touchdowns to help No. 22 East Carolina beat SMU 45-24 in its American Athletic Conference debut Saturday.
UNC'S BIG PLANS BACKFIRE IN LOSS TO HOKIES
Marquise Williams went to sleep Friday night thinking about North Carolina’s first play call, “60 right bullets,” which was designed to hit running back Romar Morris down the home sideline for a big gain.
When it came time to execute it Saturday against Virginia Tech, Morris was wide open on the wheel route. But offensive tackles John Ferranto and Kiaro Holts failed to block the Hokies’ ends, Williams was sandwiched, lost the football, and the Hokies recovered at the UNC 16.
It was the start of a dismal offensive day for the Tar Heels, who lost 34-17 to Virginia Tech at Kenan Stadium.
“I dreamed of that play last night, it was so awesome,” Williams said. “It didn’t work out too well.”
It was the third straight loss for the Tar Heels (2-3, 0-2), but this one wasn’t on the defense, which had given up 120 points in the first two defeats.
Instead, the ACC’s highest-scoring offense at 40.8 points per game didn’t convert a third down until midway through the third quarter and held the ball for fewer than 19 minutes, while backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown.
Howard vs. N.C. Central
Justin Jackson unofficially scored 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting and added six rebounds as Blue beat White 41-40.
The preseason player of the year in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference comes to N.C. Central's O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium on Saturday.
Virginia Tech is 90th in the country in passing efficiency and quarterback Michael Brewer has an ACC-high 10 interceptions. Still, North Carolina safety Tim Scott is expecting the Hokies to test the Tar Heels secondary when the teams meet today at Kenan Stadium (12:30 p.m., WRAL).
UNC women's basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell on Friday recounted her journey in a so-far successful battle against leukemia at the 10th annual Fast Break against Cancer breakfast at the Smith Center.
N.C. State coach Dave Doeren waited a year to get Florida transfer Jacoby Brissett into his lineup. It didn’t take the quarterback nearly so long to completely change the Wolfpack’s offense.
Howard (1-4, 0-2 MEAC) will show up Saturday at NCCU’s O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium (2 p.m., NCCUEaglePride.com) with a group of receivers who dropped 10 passes last week during a loss to N.C. A&T. They dropped balls that would have been touchdowns, Howard coach Gary Harrell said.
North Carolina’s best offensive lineman expects to be back when the Tar Heels host Virginia Tech Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL). Right guard Landon Turner practiced fully on Tuesday for the first time since he sprained his MCL on Sept. 6 against San Diego State.
Quinn Cook came to Duke keenly aware of the school’s rich basketball tradition and ready to add to it. With practice beginning this week for his senior season, the 6-2 guard need only look up to the Cameron Indoor Stadium rafters to know the work he has to do.
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