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.


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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.


UNC leads Miami 20-7 at half

Thanks to two second-quarter interceptions by Kendric Burney, North Carolina went into the locker room with a 20-7 halftime lead against No. 14 Miami.Burney took the latest pick 77 yards the other way for a touchdown with less than a minute to go in the half. His first interception also led to a field goal.


Austin checks in to discuss life at the bottom of the pile

Defensive tackle Marvin Austin is one of the biggest personalities on North Carolina’s football team in addition to being one of the team’s biggest bodies.The junior lineman, who already has been projected to be a force in the NFL by draft experts, chatted with SportSaturday Editor David Reynolds about a variety of topics, including dancing, dreadlocks and music.


The North Carolina defense utilized the zone blitz in a 19-6 win over the Blue Devils. DTH File Photo

Tar Heels zoning in with defense

On a third-and-six for quarterback Thaddeus Lewis and Duke’s offense, UNC’s Marvin Austin backpedaled into coverage, identified where Lewis intended to throw and made a diving leap to swat away his pass attempt.And while the agile play would stand out no matter who was playing defense, Austin’s size and positioning at the snap made it spectacular.


UNC seniors prepare for Kenan ?nale and last tests

As the saying goes, nobody quite does it like a senior.But along with that phrase goes another word— temporary.That’s one this year’s seniors on North Carolina’s football team learned quickly in the days leading up to their home finale against No. 12 Miami.


Offensive line shifts on ?eld to cope with season’s trials

Alan Pelc’s understanding of  Cam Holland’s position didn’t begin by walking a mile in his shoes — just stepping in when Holland lost one.“I played one snap at center against UConn,” Pelc, a left guard, said. “My first snap at center.” But Pelc’s education has only accelerated since injuries forced him to fill in at center.


North Carolina senior E.J. Wilson has recorded 28 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble this season. DTH File/Will Cooper

UNC defense lives up to the hype as top unit in the ACC

North Carolina’s defense returned nine starters from last season, and has started eight of them. But this defense looks nothing like last year’s.Whereas the 2008 defense gave up the second most total yardage in the ACC, this year’s defense has been fixated on one thing.Domination.


Casey Barth, North Carolina’s sophomore kicker, has made nine straight field goals. DTH/Phong Dinh

Casey Barth kicks into high gear with nine straight successful attempts

After missing a 32-yard field goal against Georgia Tech earlier this season, Casey Barth was searching for answers as much as his critics were.The sophomore place-kicker had made a lackluster four of seven field goal attempts on the season, and he was already referencing advice his brother, Connor, had provided about his own slump.


Miami QB Jacory Harris ready to test UNC secondary

“Heart Attack” isn’t a nickname usually mentioned in the same breath as a top-tier quarterback.But in the case of No. 12 Miami’s Jacory Harris, it hasn’t been his own team’s coaches and coordinators for whom he has been raising the stress level.It’s been opposing defenses.