North Carolina's seniors will play the final home game of their careers on Saturday at Kenan Stadium, and will try to make up for one of the biggest shortcomings of their time: They haven't beaten N.C. State as active players, having lost the last three games in the rivalry. A fourth loss would be unbearable for Deunta Williams, a safety.
UNC senior class has an ax to grind
The Winston-Salem Journal
For the past three years, N.C. State has spoiled North Carolina's season by winning the annual matchup between the in-state rivals.
This year, however, it's the Tar Heels who have a chance to ruin the Wolfpack's run.
UNC seniors look to end Pack's dominance
The Durham Herald-Sun
One is motivated by a three-game losing streak, while the other has aspirations of a championship season.
But North Carolina and N.C. State will rely most Saturday on the kind of incentive that can only develop from a rivalry 100 years in the making.
UNC, N.C. State ready for rivalry matchup
The Fayetteville Observer
For the second week in a row, North Carolina will face an opposing quarterback with a combination of passing acumen and mobility that has put them in the conversation for the league's players of the year.
But if you ask Tar Heels coach Butch Davis, that's about where the similarities between Virginia Tech Tyrod Taylor and North Carolina State's Russell Wilson end.
Tar Heels have hands full scouting N.C. State QB
The Burlington Times-News
With his team getting ready to visit North Carolina on Saturday, N.C. State football coach Tom O'Brien was asked about the ongoing NCAA investigation taking place at UNC.
O'Brien talks about UNC, NCAA and the rivalry
The Charlotte Observer
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.
But Saturday against Virginia Tech, Yates' longtime bugaboo — the interception — came back to haunt him, as the senior doubled his season tally with four picks and contributed to UNC's six total turnovers in a 26-10 loss.
UNC football aims to mitigate turnovers
The Daily Tar Heel
Mallard Creek quarterback Marquise Williams took a visit to N.C. State on Saturday but said he remains committed to North Carolina.
Williams, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior, has thrown for 2,898 yards and 44 touchdowns. He has rushed for 1,058 yards and 17 scores for nationally ranked Mallard Creek (12-0).
Mavericks QB is 'firm' for UNC
The Charlotte Observer