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Monday March 1st

Football



Speedy Miami offense a challenge for Tar Heels

Things are about to get a whole lot tougher for the North Carolina defense. Gone are the squads the Tar Heels could physically overwhelm in the trenches. Gone are the teams that lacked the skill players necessary to keep defenders honest.

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UNC will miss more than TDs from Yates

During my Monday history class" I eavesdropped in on this kid talking about North Carolina football. ""T.J. Yates is out for six weeks"" he said. That's bad news."" Yep. Yates' left ankle injury changes the entire complexion of North Carolina's season. When Virginia Tech's Orion Martin brought Yates to the ground Saturday" he also toppled the firm foundation on which Tar Heel football stood for the first time since Sisqo's heyday.

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Stephan Virgil (22) takes off after intercepting UNC quarterback Mike Paulus. Paulus" a redshirt freshman threw two picks against Va. Tech.

Along with Yates down go the Heels

A play after absorbing an 18-yard sack North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates hobbled to the sideline favoring his left leg. For the next UNC drive Mike Paulus trotted into the huddle while Yates was diagnosed with a left ankle sprain on the sideline. It would be up to a redshirt freshman quarterback to maintain a seven-point lead against a blitzing Virginia Tech defense.

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Though Virginia Tech?s defense struggled early" the Hokies? unit shut down the Tar Heels when it mattered most.VT forced two North Carolina fumbles both of which Virginia Tech recovered. UNC now is 0-5 against the Hokies since the school joined the ACC in the 2004 expansion.

Missed opportunities

For nearly three quarters North Carolina cautiously straddled the line between success and failure. There were some missed opportunities some penalties some turnovers — but none of it mattered.

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Taylor chases ghosts of mobile QBs past

During Virginia Tech's season-opening loss at the hands of East Carolina quarterback Tyrod Taylor could do nothing but watch. Hokie coach Frank Beamer had announced his intentions of redshirting Taylor in the preseason and handed the reins to senior Sean Glennon.

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Special occasion

When Virginia Tech visits North Carolina this weekend the most crucial matchup will occur without either offense or defense on the field. When the special teams units go head-to-head it will be a clash of old school versus new pitting a perennial power against an up-and-coming system.

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DTH Picks of the Week

The DTH SportSaturday staff and one celebrity compete to pick the winners of the biggest ACC and national college football games each week.

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VT brings 'explosive' Taylor

Two weeks ago Tyrod Taylor was going to redshirt this season. After a fierce competition all summer long senior quarterback Sean Glennon had outplayed Taylor for the starting spot" and Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer announced that Taylor would redshirt in order to let him ""benefit from another year of learning."" Enter East Carolina and Glennon's two interceptions Aug. 30.

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Sports briefs

Field hockey - WEST CHESTER Pa. —  The North Carolina field hockey team closed out a weekend of play at the Vonnie Gros Classic without  allowing a goal beating host West Chester 3-0 Sunday in the final game of the event.

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North Carolina cornerback Kendric Burney (16) was one of the four different Tar Heels to grab interceptions against Rutgers on Thursday.

Defense makes difference in N.J.

PISCATAWAY N.J. — It's amazing what a difference turnovers make in a game. Against McNeese State North Carolina lost the turnover battle and struggled to put away the Cowboys.

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UNC?s Charles Brown (12) and Kendric Burney (16) celebrate Brown?s interception in the second quarter during North Carolina?s 44-12 win.

North Carolina defense takes control

PISCATAWAY N.J. — North Carolina sophomore cornerback Kendric Burney had seen enough. For the second consecutive drive Rutgers looked poised to break through against North Carolina's defense.

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