Freshman backup quarterback Mitch Trubisky was in for one play Saturday and he threw the game-winning touchdown pass.
It was just typical of a wild finish that ended with North Carolina beating Virginia 28-27 Saturday at Scott Stadium.
Trubisky’s touchdown to T.J. Thorpe with 4:05 left was set up by an interception from freshman defensive end Nazair Jones, which he said was the first time he’d picked off a pass on any level. The touchdown was followed by a shocking onside kick that was recovered by sophomore receiver Mack Hollins. And the game-winning part was sealed when Virginia sent out 12 players on a potential UNC field goal try, gifting the Tar Heels a first down that ensured the clock would run out.
Two weeks ago, a bowl game seemed unlikely. Now, after wins over Georgia Tech and Virginia, UNC (4-4, 2-2 ACC) is just a half-game out of the Coastal Division lead.
The Tar Heels beat Virginia (4-4, 2-2) for the fifth straight time in the nation’s third-most played rivalry, including three straight wins in Charlottesville, where UNC had lost 14 in a row from 1983-2008.
Malcolm Bell threw for 287 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 72 yards and two touchdowns to lead N.C. Central to a 42-14 victory over Savannah State on Saturday.
North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said that no one on North Carolina was going to say he played a great game in UNC’s 28-27 win over Virginia Saturday — except for sophomore Mack Hollins.
Durham Academy loses NCISAA field hockey title 1-0 in sudden-death to Charlotte Country Day ... Area 2-A and 4-A state tennis finalists all fall in championship round ... Many area programs advance through regionals to state cross country championships.
Darryl Smith and Tahj Spivey are the latest members of the Southern Spartans to receive scholarship offers to play college football.
Northwood’s defense scored and prevented scores. That’s the bottom line in Saturday night’s 46-0 rout of Big Eight 3-A Conference rival Oxford Webb in a game that was rescheduled after being rained out Friday.
Southern got its work in Saturday night, crushing Cardinal Gibbons 31-2 in a game rescheduled from Friday (rain) that was never in doubt.
South Granville will has all weekend to ponder its next possession in its Northern Carolina 2-A Conference opener at Franklinton. The 4-2 Vikings trail 5-1 Franklinton 13-6 in a game that was suspended Friday night at halftime because of lightning.
Kestrel Heights, which had never won more than one game in a season until this year, hopes to make the 1-A playoffs as an independent. With that in mind, the Hawks are bound and determined to complete Friday night’s suspended game against visiting Forsyth Country Day School, despite trailing 24-16 with 11:57 left in the third quarter when lightning prompted the early end.
Orange picks up 35-13 victory in game that was originally suspended and later deemed complete despite not reaching halftime before lightning forces halt.
Postponed, suspended Friday night high school football games to be made up tonight (Saturday, Oct. 11) and Monday. Only two games officially completed.
Defending PAC-6 champion Hillside opened its conference season with an abbreviated by impressive win Friday, stopping Jordan 27-0 before a thunderstorm ended the game at halftime.
The preliminaries are over. It’s down to business for the PAC-6 4-A Friday night (Oct. 10).
Your favorite high school team will be OK if one of its running backs or wide receivers goes down. But really good quarterbacks are rare and precious commodities. Herald-Sun sports writer John McCann has more in this edition of "GameDay."
East Chapel Hill rolled through the PAC-6 4-A girls’ tennis tournament on Wednesday, taking championships in singles and doubles along the way.
NCCU basketball coach LeVelle Moton explains why he stayed in the Eagles' nest and why each of the players on this year's team has to stand in his own two sneakers.
Plus more local ACC honors in this edition of "Fanfare."
With three minutes left and North Carolina trailing by one against Georgia Tech, quarterback Marquise Williams was getting ready to lead the offense back on the field when he turned to coach Larry Fedora. “He said, ‘No big deal, we do it every week,’” Fedora said.
Tar Heels top Duke in women's soccer; UNC, Duke find success at tennis regionals
Tar Heels toppled reigning ACC volleyball champs at Cameron
Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open. A lovely summer day in England with abundant sunshine and minimal wind allowed him to attack Royal Liverpool. He made half his six birdies on the par 5s and kept bogeys off his card. And on the day Tiger Woods made a promising return, McIlroy took the lead with a 6-under 66, his best score in nearly two years at a major.
Lance Stephenson is bringing his swag to Charlotte. The controversial shooting guard has agreed to a $27 million, three-year deal with the Hornets, according to a person familiar with the contract. The deal includes a team option for the third season.
Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball’s national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and delivered two final All-Star hits. ... Mike Trout's tiebreaking triple and later go-ahead double that earned him MVP honors. ... Also: Photos ... Box score ... Play-by-Play ... All-time MVP and All-Star Game records.
When the American League All-Star rosters were announced two weeks ago, Seattle Mariners third baseman and former North Carolina Tar Heel Kyle Seager was the consensus pick for biggest snub.
Former UNC soccer players reunited during a U.S. Open quarterfinal at WakeMed Soccer Park.
Recent Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill graduate Alaina Yeatts is the lone survivor among four area qualifiers at the Carolinas Golf Association’s N.C. Junior Girls’ Championship at Starmount Forest Country Club here Wednesday.
About two dozen photographers lined up in a row on the range Tuesday at Congressional, a reminder that golf is different when Tiger Woods is around. And that was before Woods even arrived to hit balls for 35 minutes.
Wie gets first major win
One week after missing U.S Open cut, Streelman is a winner
Lewis claims first Senior Division title