Three weeks after suspending three players for alleged marijuana possession, two weeks after turning in the worst defensive performance in school history and one day after beating a top-five foe for the first time in school history, North Carolina's football team on Sunday found itself where only the most optimistic supporters expected it to be at this stage of the season...
Wild ride for UNC so far
Raleigh News & Observer
With their top two tailback teammates sidelined by injuries Saturday, North Carolina's offensive linemen knew they wouldn't get the call to carry the ball against No. 4 Miami.
So instead, they decided to carry the load.
UNC linemen carry load
Raleigh News & Observer
Connor Barth posed for pictures with his family late Saturday night, gleeful faces in the foreground and the shocking final score as the backdrop.
Barth kicks up family joy
Meanwhile, lost in the glory that belonged to Scott, quarterback Darian Durant and, for sure, Bunting, was another unthinkable storyline -- UNC's defense, shattered badly at Utah, limited Miami to 77 rushing yards.
Dascenzo: UNC thinking the unthinkable
As nice as the Miami win is for Bunting's future, it won't mean as much if the Tar Heels don't win another one. Bunting isn't thinking about his job, at least not when asked by reporters.
UNC Monday Morning QB
North Carolina's players wouldn't allow themselves even an hour to savor one of the greatest victories in the history of the program. They have succeeded this season by looking ahead, in good times and bad.
Tar Heels look ahead after upset
North Carolina didn't play the perfect game Saturday night that Coach John Bunting deemed essential to beat Miami, but it came awfully close.
Tar Heels' play in victory against powerful Miami was nearly flawless
John Bunting would have liked to enjoy the moment a little more, but Sunday he was already looking ahead -- albeit not too far ahead.
Bunting has no time to savor victory
Greensboro News & Record
"Tell Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso and the rest of them that they were wrong … W-R-O-N-G … wrong!" a joyous Holley said. "They didn't think we could do it, but here we are."
UNC revels in win
The throw sputtered and died near the goal line, where Mason – in mid-air – reached over Rolle's head and found a touchdown; an improbable catch that ignited a Homecoming throng.
Mason's score got Tar Heels started
Rocky Mount Telegram
Sensabaugh's words could have served to motivate Miami. Instead, it provided a preview into the confidence the Tar Heels displayed during their shocking 31-28 upset of the Hurricanes.
Heels hope to build on Miami win
Kinston Free Press
Forget the election or Osama bin Laden. Tar Heels Shock No. 4 Miami was the top headline Sunday morning on page 1A in the Raleigh News & Observer. TV stations, realizing too late what was happening, scrambled to send crews to cover the celebration and couldn't get through the traffic to file reports for late news broadcasts.
Post-victory fever grips Chapel Hill
Palm Beach Post
North Carolina coach John Bunting never lost faith in his players, unabashedly supporting them even while their mistakes and poor play led to more losses.
Heels reward coach's perseverance