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Three years in a row, North Carolina has fallen to the Wolfpack at the hands of quarterback Russell Wilson. A blocked field goal with five minutes remaining in the game handed N.C. State a 28-27 victory last year. With the hopes of an ACC Championship swept from the table after last week’s loss to Virginia Tech, UNC needs to win at least one of two remaining games to secure a winning season.
Irving missed all of last season with a one-car accident that left him with a separated shoulder, a broken rib and collapsed lung on his left side, and a badly fractured left leg. But just 17 months later, he finds himself leading the N.C. State Wolfpack defense in tackles, tackles for loss, sacks and quarterback hits, as the Wolfpack are two wins from the ACC Championship game.
This past Saturday when the seniors of North Carolina State’s football program played their final game at Carter-Finley Stadium, they were joined by All-ACC quarterback Russell Wilson. He joined his teammates as the 57,161 in the homecoming crowd in Raleigh cheered on their prized signal caller on Senior Day.
The more things change for North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates, the more they stay the same. After spending three years as a target of criticism, it had seemed Yates had turned a corner. Two weeks ago at Florida State, Yates had a career day, throwing for a school-record 439 yards and three touchdowns.
North Carolina football players Devon Ramsay and Michael McAdoo have been ruled ineligible as part of the NCAA’s investigation into agent benefits and academic infractions. The University’s news release is as follows: University of North Carolina football student-athletes Devon Ramsay and Michael McAdoo have been ruled permanently ineligible by the NCAA. North Carolina will appeal the decision to the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, an independent panel comprised of representatives from NCAA member colleges, universities and athletic conferences.
The game started and may as well have ended at halftime. The North Carolina football team returned to the field with a 10-9 lead and intent to capitalize on its chances, but within 13 minutes, the Tar Heels were down 26-10 to Virginia Tech (8-2, 6-0 ACC).
Tyrod Taylor was who the North Carolina defense thought he was. He was the same dynamic, explosive playmaker the Tar Heels had faced the previous three seasons. And with the Virginia Tech offensive line holding UNC at bay for most of the game, the senior quarterback was the coolest guy on the field.
North Carolina turned the ball over six times, doubling its previous season-high, en route to a 26-10 loss to Virginia Tech. Although the Tar Heels led 10-9 at halftime, the Hokies dominated the final 30 minutes and outscored UNC 17-0.
Virginia Tech has a surplus of a commodity desperately needed by the North Carolina football team this season: running backs. The Hokies have three healthy, dangerous tailbacks champing at the bit.
If North Carolina (6-3, 3-2 ACC) wins, it will bring the Tar Heels within a game of the Hokies’ unblemished 5-0 ACC record. But game planning will be key.
The University cut ties with a former UNC tutor and listed five other people who have given illegal benefits to UNC football players, including three former players. Former Tar Heel standout Hakeem Nicks was named along with Mahlon Carey, Omar Brown and Vernon Davis as having given benefits to football players.
UNC has named new people who gave gifts and other benefits to football players, including three former teammates. Additionally, the University provided a disassociation letter from athletic director Dick Baddour to Jennifer Wiley, a former tutor. The letter to Wiley says that UNC learned that she gave players financial assistance in excess of $2,000 in 2010. It also says that in 2009 and 2010 she gave inappropriate academic assistance.
Dick Baddour spoke to a crowd of freshmen Tuesday in Graham Memorial as part of the First Year Fellows program. In the hour-long talk, Baddour shed a positive light in the wake of an investigation that rocked the athletics department, praising the football team for its resiliency in tough times.
Almost forgotten in the wake of North Carolina’s dramatic victory against Florida State was the crushing loss of the team’s most consistent offensive weapon and one of its strongest leaders. Redshirt senior running back Johnny White broke his right clavicle in the first half of Saturday’s contest and has played his final game as a Tar Heel.
North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates had a lot of reasons to be rattled with six minutes left in the fourth quarter of UNC’s 37-35 win against Florida State. But experience doesn’t give in to things like that. Yates was taking the field with his third- and fourth-string running backs after his team had just lost the lead on a punt gone terribly awry, in a stadium his program had never won in, with 70,157 garnet-and-gold faithful calling for his failure.
TALLAHASSEE – UNC’s leading rusher Johnny White broke his clavicle in the second quarter of UNC’s 37-35 win against Florida State, and he will be out for the rest of the season. White had rushed for seven yards and a touchdown against the Seminoles, and on the season amassed 720 yards and seven touchdowns.