UNC Coach Butch Davis protests a call.

A season hanging on 16 seconds

Chaos rampant as UNC sent the game to overtime

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — “The game is over.” Referee Dennis Lipski announced the end of North Carolina’s season while Tennessee players ran onto the field celebrating their seventh win of the season with a 20-17 victory.


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Tailback Anthony Elzy waited his entire career for the game he had against Duke. During the past three games, Elzy has totaled 531 all-purpose yards for the Tar Heels.

Patient Elzy finally gets breakout game for UNC

The senior tailback bided his time at UNC after being passed over time after time during the last three seasons. On Saturday against Duke, Elzy put together the best game of his career statistically by racking up 116 yards on the ground, 21 in the air and a touchdown to boot.

Senior tailback Shaun Draughn rings the Victory Bell following UNC’s 24-19 win against rival Duke. The senior class never suffered a loss to the Blue Devils in four years.

UNC sets its sights on third straight bowl bid after win over Duke

North Carolina dominated Duke for three quarters, and withstood a furious late rally to win 24-19. The win marks UNC’s 20th in 21 tries against Duke, and its seventh consecutive series win. UNC (7-5, 4-4 ACC) also solidified its bowl game bid with that seventh win, coupled with a few surprising outcomes around the ACC.

UNC beats rival Duke 24-19

DURHAM — North Carolina took their 20th win in 21 attempts against Duke at Wallace Wade Stadium by a score of 24-19 to keep the Victory Bell in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels were the more physical team, amassing 520 total yards on offense, compared to the Blue Devils’ 198 yards. Duke especially struggled on the ground, as they had 16 rushing yards after three quarters.

North Carolina tries to rebound at Duke

Still smarting after its fourth straight loss to N.C. State on Saturday, the North Carolina football team will have a chance to redeem itself this weekend when it travels to Duke to take on its other in-state conference foe. “It’s something that probably helps your football team in some respects bounce back,” UNC coach Butch Davis said.

T.J. Yates set UNC records in both single-season and career-passing marks. Yates finished Saturday’s game with 411 yards and two touchdowns.

North Carolina falls to N.C. State for the fourth straight season

It was almost the perfect Senior Day for T.J. Yates. North Carolina’s quarterback set four UNC records in a 29-25 loss to N.C. State on Saturday. Yates’ 33 completions were a UNC single-game record and his 411 passing yards gave him the school’s career and single-season passing yards records. It was also the most yards any UNC quarterback has thrown in Kenan Stadium.

Bizarre touchdown changes game in loss to N.C. State

It took 10 seconds, six hands, and two yards to reawaken North Carolina’s recent ghosts against North Carolina State in Saturday’s 29-25 loss at Kenan Stadium. Up by nine, UNC’s defense had stifled three straight Wolfpack plays from inside the 5-yard line, and was just one more fourth down stop away from getting the ball back to its offense with the lead intact. N.C.

N.C. State beats UNC 29-25

North Carolina’s seniors went empty-handed against N.C. State, losing their fourth straight rivalry game to the Wolfpack 29-25 in Kenan Stadium on Saturday. The Tar Heels held a nine-point advantage with one minute left in the third quarter, but 21 straight points in the final sixteen minutes of the game doomed the Tar Heels to their fifth loss of the season.

Anthony Elzy scored the Heels' only touchdown of the first half.

UNC leads rival N.C. State 13-10 at halftime.

North Carolina leads N.C. State at halftime 13-10. The Tar Heels jumped out to an early lead by getting Anthony Elzy involved on a six-play, 81-yard touchdown drive. Elzy had two plays for 20-plus yards on the drive, including a 52-yard pass.

Tar Heel Express shuttles to run during football game

Chapel Hill Transit will be offering Tar Heel Express shuttles Saturday during the UNC versus N.C. State football game at Kenan Stadium. Shuttles will begin running at 9 a.m. from the park and ride lots at the Friday Center and University Mall and at 10:30 a.m. from the Southern Village and Jones Ferry Road lots.

UNC vs. N.C. State: Gameday Breakdown

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.

Senior linebacker Nate Irving converges on UNC running back Shaun Draughn in 2008. Irving sat out the 2009 season after suffering major injuries in a one-car accident. He now leads the team in tackles and sacks.

N.C State's Nate Irving continues incredible journey

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.

Russell Wilson should not be a celebrated senior

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.

Quarterback T.J. Yates had a tough go against Virginia Tech on Saturday, tying a career high with four interceptions thrown in one game.

UNC football aims to mitigate turnovers

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.

NCAA rules Ramsay, McAdoo permanently ineligible

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.

Jayron Hosley (20) comes up with one of four Virginia Tech interceptions on Saturday. Dwight Jones (83) tallied only one catch after being the team’s top wide receiver as of late.

UNC football team drops out of ACC contention

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).