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Shaun Draughn scored UNC?s third touchdown of the night on this 39-yard run in the third quarter. The sophomore" who played safety last year had 109 yards on 19 carries and never lostyards against the Huskies. ?Ever since I moved to running back I?ve been having fun? Draughn said.

Huskies dogged

Talk about making a statement. The North Carolina football team quieted any questions on its ability against the big names with a 38-12 rout against then-No. 24 Connecticut on Saturday.

Linebacker Bruce Carter blocked three punts and had two tackles for loss against the Huskies. The third block was recovered for a touchdown.

UNC gets credit for 'big play defense'

During the week North Carolina coach Butch Davis noticed a small detail of Connecticut's punt protection he thought he could exploit. The Huskies' normal protector — the player who lines up directly behind the long snapper — was hurt leaving UConn. vulnerable to a strong rush.

Tar Heels to face nation's leading rusher

Donald Brown torched Louisville last week for 124 rushing yards and a touchdown marking the fifth time in as many games he eclipsed the 100-yard mark. And those are just his stats in the first halves of football games. Add in the numbers from after intermission and you've got the nation's leading rusher.

Senior safety Trimane Goddard" who picked off two passes last week provides postseason experience to a young UNC squad.

Goddard looking to return UNC to bowl

The last time North Carolina went to a bowl game only one member of the 2008 Tar Heels saw playing time. Trimane Goddard. Then a freshman cornerback and return specialist Goddard recorded one tackle and tallied 15 return yards in UNC's 37-24 loss to then-Big-East-member Boston College in the Continental Tire Bowl.

Davis living up to expectations

Credit Cameron Sexton with saving the Butch Davis bubble. Before last Saturday quarterback T.J. Yates' absence hung over North Carolina's season like a plague. With the starter out from a foot fracture for most of the season the Tar Heels' 2-1 record at the time looked like the farthest beyond .500 UNC might get this year.


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Brooks Foster and fellow wideout Hakeem Nicks have benefited from single coverage" due to the sensational play of senior Brandon Tate.

Nicks Foster prospering from Tate's start

Everyone in the stadium thought they knew. The defensive coordinator fans in the stands even the commentators were sure it was time for Cam Sexton to lob a ball in the direction of Brandon Tate UNC's resident playmaker and then-NCAA leader in all-purpose yards.  Surely he would be the one getting the ball with North Carolina trying to claw back into the game. Twice they were fooled.

Sophomore Shaun Draughn has found both the end zone and lots of friend requests in his first year at running back.

Sur_¶ n' the Web with UNC's new tailback

Shaun Draughn switched positions from safety to running back this year. He's rushed for nearly 100 yards and a touchdown backing up Greg Little. Assistant SportSaturday Editor David Reynolds caught up with the sophomore after practice one day to talk message boards music UNC coaches and Facebook.

Left tackle Kyle Jolly is entrusted weekly with protecting the North Carolina quarterback?s blind side an important but thankless task.

Football's crucial but least glamorous position

He doesn't get any stats. His effectiveness doesn't register on the box score. To accurately grade a day at the office for Kyle Jolly look no further than the the quarterback's jersey. If it is covered in mud and grass stains Jolly most likely lost his battle against the pass rush. If the shirt is as pristine as it was when it came out of the dryer UNC's left tackle had another silent yet productive day.

UNC making progress on the ground

North Carolina's running game finally looked effective Saturday against Miami. Just don't look at the stat sheet for proof. UNC's grand total for net rushing yards in the 28-24 win was 35 yards on 33 rushes — an average of 1.1 yard. That's less than ideal for a half of football much less a full game.

Tar Heels win in Miami

SATURDAY SEPT. 27 4:47 p.m. -- North Carolina rallied to win against Miami 28-24 at Dolphin Stadium in Florida. UNC was once down 14 points early on but two fourth-quarter touchdown passes from quarterback Cameron Sexton helped UNC win its second out-of-state game of the season.