North Carolina will go under the lights tonight for the first time this season when it makes a rare appearance in the eastern part of the state to renew an old rivalry. North Carolina will play East Carolina at 8 o'clock at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville (CBSSN). North Carolina is coming off its first loss, and quarterback Bryn Renner wants to see how his team will respond in its second consecutive road game.
North Carolina travels to play East Carolina
The Winston-Salem Journal
Having grown up in Boston, right tackle Brennan Williams assumed that playing East Carolina would be the same as facing any of North Carolina's other non-conference opponents.
Then Williams stepped out onto the grass at Kenan Stadium two years ago for his first UNC-ECU game and realized he was mistaken.
UNC-ECU: Don't try to tell Tar Heels it's not a rivalry
The Durham Herald-Sun
A week of intrigue back in September 1981 ended with a record-breaking performance and one of the most poignant moments in North Carolina football history.
Thirty years have passed since that Sept. 12 afternoon in Kenan Stadium when UNC's junior tailback Kelvin Bryant dipped, twirled and dashed his way to 211 yards and six rushing touchdowns against East Carolina.
UNC vs. ECU: Heels' Kelvin Bryant notched six-TDs in 1981 rout
The Fayetteville Observer
This time last week, North Carolina was bracing for a rushing attack that had carved up opponents to the tune of nearly 400 yards per game.
Tonight the Tar Heels get the opposite extreme, a sophisticated passing attack that has averaged nearly 250 yards per game against solid defensive competition.
But the Tar Heels (3-1), who face host East Carolina (1-2), say it isn't fazed by the difficult transition.
Tar Heels brace for East Carolina's pass attack
The Burlington Times-News
On a North Carolina defense that features a few likely NFL draft picks up front on the line and some notable up-and-comers at linebacker, it's easy for the Tar Heels' secondary to feel, well, secondary.
But against East Carolina's spread attack, which the Tar Heels face at 8 p.m. tonight in Greenville, UNC's defensive backs will be in the spotlight. And they're relishing the opportunity.
Heels' defense will be tested
The Charlotte Observer
East Carolina's football home will be packed and rocking tonight when one of the Pirates' most disliked opponents enters Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
As if the 8 p.m. home kickoff against the Tar Heels wasn't enough of a theme, the underlying one for the 1-2 Pirates is knowing this is not merely another battle against a BCS conference foe, but one that comes at a time when ECU is hopeful of becoming a BCS football team itself.
UNC pays visit to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
The Greenville Daily Reflector