North Carolina is eligible for a bowl game but isn't happy or satisfied. A signature win, one that could define the season and the team, still is missing. UNC's last chance at making a statement will come today when it plays No.?9 Virginia Tech (8 p.m., ESPN Ch. 33) at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg. Armed with a week of extra rest because of an open date last Saturday, UNC will try to get the victory it couldn't get at Clemson or Georgia Tech in previous games against ranked teams.
UNC needs win that would make a statement
The Winston-Salem Journal
As a fifth-year senior, North Carolina defensive tackle Tydreke Powell has experienced his share of rabid crowds. But nothing tops the Tar Heels' trip to Virginia Tech two years ago.
"To this day, I ain't been in a stadium as loud as V-Tech," Powell said. "It's a great environment to go into. And it's a great environment to go into and win."
Powell would know. Two years ago, he caused a fumble at the Virginia Tech 24 with two minutes left in a tie game, allowing teammate Casey Barth to kick the winning field goal as time expired.
That marked the first time the Tar Heels had beaten Virginia Tech since the Hokies joined the ACC in 2004. UNC (6-4, 2-4) will go for a second straight win in Blacksburg tonight (8 p.m., ESPN).
Tar Heels' road to Roanoke paved in fond memories
The Durham Herald-Sun
Bryn Renner has been to so many games at Lane Stadium, he can't even count them.
His father, Bill, punted at Virginia Tech and later for the Green Bay Packers before becoming a high school football coach in Northern Virginia. His mother, Sue, was a Hokies cheerleader. His grandmother, who lives near Blacksburg in Pulaski County, has had season tickets near the 50-yard line for 44 years.
Tar Heels QB Bryn Renner will feel right at home
The Washington Post
North Carolina's football team could use a positive outlook after losing three of its last four games.
Oddly, an assignment at ninth-ranked Virginia Tech can at least conjure some pleasant thoughts for the Tar Heels going into the game.
Last time on a Thursday night in Blacksburg, Va., the Tar Heels pulled off an upset and they would like to repeat that 2009 result.
Tar Heels hope spotlight shines on them against Hokies
The Burlington Times-News
The last time North Carolina played in a nationally televised regular-season game, the Tar Heels did so without 13 suspended players while facing a multifaceted NCAA investigation still in its early days.
Now, more than a year since North Carolina began the 2010 season with that nationally televised 30-24 loss to Louisiana State, the Tar Heels will play in front of another national audience against ACC Coastal Division leader Virginia Tech (8 p.m., ESPN).
In some ways, North Carolina is still seeking what it sought then against LSU: to create something positive.
Tar Heels back on big stage vs. Hokies
The Charlotte Observer
After North Carolina's 13-0 loss to North Carolina State, UNC running back Giovani Bernard made news with comments about the Tar Heels' lack of focus before the game.
But now that the Tar Heels (6-4) have had a week off and are headed to play Virginia Tech, UNC players say that focus is renewed.
Tar Heels prepared for football clash with Hokies
The Daily Tar Heel
Heading into Thursday night's game against North Carolina (6-4, 2-4), Tech is 25th in the nation in rushing offense (averaging 206.9 yards per game), 36th in total offense (432.5 yards per game), 47th in scoring offense (29.9 points per game) and 69th in passing offense (225.6 yards per game).
Virginia Tech's offense is in the record-chasing business for a change
The Hampton Daily Press
Two years have done little to erase the memory of the previous time North Carolina visited Lane Stadium on a Thursday night.
The 20-17 loss still sticks with the Virginia Tech players on the sideline that night.
Bad memories, good opportunity for Virginia Tech Hokies
It would make for great drama next Saturday if the Coastal Division championship is on the line when No. 9 Virginia Tech and Virginia face off in Charlottesville.
But the Hokies, who hold a one-game lead over the Cavaliers with two games to play, will breathe a lot easier if they can wrap it up this week.
Hokies face Tar Heels tonight
The Richmond Times-Dispatch