The Tar Heels had trouble catching Pathers freshman running back Dion Lewis, who ran for 159 yards. DTH/Phong Dinh

Lewis leads Panthers past Tar Heels

Freshman runs wild in Car Care Bowl

CHARLOTTE – Nearly three minutes into Dave Wannstedt’s postgame press conference, Pittsburgh running back Dion Lewis tried to sneak in the side door unnoticed.


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Charlotte bowl selects UNC

For the second straight year, North Carolina qualified for a bowl game.And for the second straight year, they won’t have far to travel to get there.The Tar Heels accepted an invitation to play in the 2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl on Dec. 26 in Charlotte.UNC will face Pittsburgh from the Big East in the postseason contest.

Tar Heels fall to Wolfpack 28-27

 RALEIGH — No. 23 North Carolina opened up its regular-season finale against N.C. State gunning on all cylinders. The Wolfpack closed the game that way.NCSU (5-7, 2-6 ACC) took a 28-27 come-from-behind victory on senior day against the Tar Heels on Russell Wilson's 38-yard touchdown strike to Owen Spencer with 14:31 remaining in the game.

UNC leads N.C. State 24-14 at halftime

RALEIGH — No. 23 North Carolina leads the Wolfpack of N.C. State 24-14 at halftime at Carter-Finley Stadium.T.J. Yates leads UNC (8-3, 4-3 ACC) with 206 yards passing and two touchdowns on 6-for-8 throwing. Johnny White has 59 yards rushing, including a 40-yard touchdown run for his first career rushing touchdown.Jheranie Boyd has 105 yard receiving and two touchdowns.

Greg Little (8) and the Tar Heels didn’t get much offensive production last season when UNC fell to the Wolfpack 41-10. DTH ile

Heels won’t fuel ?re vs. State

Last year after its lopsided 41-10 victory against North Carolina, N.C. State didn’t hold back when taking a couple shots at UNC’s program.“What it speaks to is, we’re the best football program in the state,” Wolfpack coach Tom O’Brien said following that game. “Without question.”But the fun at the expense of its rival didn’t stop there.

UNC had five interceptions Saturday, including three by Deunta Williams. DTH/Andrew Johnson

Defense snags five interceptions in 31-13 win over Boston College

CHESTNUT HILL, MASS. — Deunta Williams had a memorable 21st birthday.There was a party with about 40,000 screaming guests. And there were gifts — three of them, courtesy of a mistake-prone Boston College offense.Williams came away with a career-high three interceptions in North Carolina’s 31-13 victory against the Eagles.

Deunta Williams hauled in three interceptions against Boston College. DTH/Andrew Johnson

UNC does not allow a third down conversion

CHESTNUT HILL, MASS. — By halftime, seagulls were circling Alumni Stadium like vultures. It made sense considering what North Carolina’s defense was doing to Boston College.More than the interceptions, more than the defensive touchdowns, the Tar Heels destroyed a Boston College offense by not allowing a single third-down conversion in 13 chances.

Junior safety Deunta Williams picks off one of three passes in UNC's victory.

Tar Heels pick Boston College 31-13

North Carolina got three touchdowns in the opening 10 minutes of play — and not a whole lot else.The Tar Heel's opening 21-0 lead was enough to hold up against Boston College on Saturday at Alumni Stadium, and the Tar Heels (8-3, 4-3) walked away with a grimy 31-13 win.

Junior safety Deunta Williams returns one of his three interceptions.

UNC leads Boston College 21-13 after sloppy half

In a turnover-filled game, North Carolina leads Boston College 21-13 at halftime.The two teams have combined to give the ball away six times. T.J. Yates has thrown two interceptions, and Erik Highsmith also lost a fumble.Thanks to the ball-hawking North Carolina defense, it looked like the Tar Heels were going to run away with this one early on.

Kendric Burney picked off three passes in UNC’s 33-24 win against Miami. DTH File/Phong Dinh

Weekend with Burney

In the minutes leading up to practice, North Carolina’s football players can always count on hearing a couple of numbers being discussed while they stretch.The digits are part of a game — a bet between coach Butch Davis and cornerback Kendric Burney.

The Tar Heels tallied an average of 28.2 ppg in these last five games — a 11.6 point improvement. DTH File/Phong Dinh

Tar Heels face Boston College in ACC tilt

With the last home game in Kenan Stadium behind them, the UNC football team hopes to finish off the season in its current form.After struggling in losses against Georgia Tech and Virginia, the Tar Heels have responded with five straight strong efforts and emerged with four victories.

Butch Davis and the Tar Heels started last season with a 7-2 record before dropping three of their last four games.

Bowl in hand, UNC looks to avoid ’08 repeat

After reeling off three straight victories, two of those against top-15 opponents, North Carolina has assured itself of its second straight winning season and bowl eligibility.But given what happened in the final games of last season, coach Butch Davis and the Tar Heels are planning on closing out this season like they closed out Saturday’s 33-24 victory against Miami.

UNC quarterback T.J. Yates threw for 213 yards and one touchdown and did not turn the ball over against Miami. DTH/Phong Dinh

Yates leads Tar Heels with solid showing

Until the first play of North Carolina’s fourth drive during Saturday’s game against Miami, quarterback T.J. Yates wasn’t looking too good. In North Carolina’s first three drives, the junior quarterback was sacked once and amassed a whopping two passing yards on 1-for-3.But then, Yates found sophomore fullback Devon Ramsay in the flat for his second completed pass.

Kendric Burney (16) intercepted Miami quarterback Jacory Harris three times Saturday, with two leading to scores. DTH/Phong Dinh

Marquee Victory

North Carolina secured its biggest upset win since 2004 and its second straight season of postseason eligibility with the following: An interception, a fumble, a potentially illegal forward pass, a 90-yard return, a defensive touchdown and an official’s review.

Tar Heels beats No. 12 Miami 33-24

North Carolina earned bowl eligibility and gave the Butch Davis era a statement win Saturday night, upsetting No. 12 Miami 33-24 at Kenan Stadium. UNC's defense picked off Miami quarterback Jacory Harris four times, and UNC senior cornerback Kendric Burney had three of them. His 170 interception return yards Saturday is an ACC record for return yards — in a season.