Tar Heels top Duke in women's soccer; UNC, Duke find success at tennis regionals
Tar Heels toppled reigning ACC volleyball champs at Cameron
To ensure that each player on the defense takes care of his assignment, North Carolina’s scout team didn’t use a football during practice this week when imitating Georgia Tech’ s triple option.
North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams got some advice on how to beat Georgia Tech this week from an old friend — Duke quarterback Anthony Boone, who helped hand the Yellow Jackets their first loss last Saturday.
Georgia Tech’s first loss of the season still stings. Coach Paul Johnson said “you don’t get a re-do” and the Yellow Jackets must move past last week’s 31-25 home loss to Duke. Even so, on Tuesday he was still bemoaning his team’s mistakes, including three turnovers, in the game.
At this point last year, North Carolina used a close loss on national television to spur a surprising turnaround. Now UNC (2-4, 0-2 ACC) hopes the positive momentum from its 50-43 loss at No. 5 Notre Dame last Saturday will lead to a similar second-half resurgence.
Tar Heels stay hot in soccer, field hockey; Duke gets wins in volleyball, women's golf and field hockey
Tar Heels confident after strong performance in loss at Notre Dame
Notre Dame and UNC put up a combined 93 points, the most ever in the historic stadium that was built in 1930. But UNC (2-4, 0-2 ACC) allowed 50 points for the third time during its four-game losing streak, falling 50-43 to remain winless in 12 games here.
Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson committed to UNC in 2010 as a high school junior but reopened his recruitment later that year after the NCAA came to Chapel Hill. He has gone 15-1 as a starter at Notre Dame (5-0), with his only loss coming in the BCS Championship game following the 2012 season.
North Carolina has one quarterback who is leading the team in rushing, another with less experience and shaky confidence, and an offense that has been inconsistent through the first five games. And yet, the Tar Heels are sticking with their weekly plan to play both heading into No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday.
North Carolina guard Marcus Paige made the jump from a solid starter to an all-American last season, illustrated by a win over N.C. State in Raleigh in which he scored 31 points after halftime and made the winning shot in the final second of overtime. Now the Tar Heels are looking for one of Paige’s teammates to make a similar leap this season as UNC seeks its first Final Four appearance since winning the 2009 NCAA title.
The Tar Heels entered Larry Fedora’s third season figuring that they would move the ball consistently and put up big scoring totals that could offset some of the defensive problems from last year. And yet, UNC has been up and down offensively heading into Saturday’s trip to No. 6 Notre Dame.
Notre Dame’s running game has come down to a balance of production vs. promise. Senior captain Cam McDaniel represents production, while sophomores Greg Bryant and Tarean Folston represent potential and promise. Coach Brian Kelly is hoping the sixth-ranked Irish can turn that promise more into production as the season wears on, starting against North Carolina (2-3) on Saturday.