Game Day: UNC vs. South Florida

Cam Sexton and North Carolina (1-4, 0-3 ACC) return home to host South Florida (4-2, 1-1 Big East) in an important non-conference battle for the Tar Heels. Kickoff at Kenan Stadium is Saturday at noon. The game will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

UNC Football is in its 116th year of competition, while USF's program is only 10 years old. But the Bulls have played well under their only coach, Jim Leavitt, who has a 65-41 career record while in Tampa.

Carolina's sixth-year head coach is 25-40.

IC's Game Week Coverage

  • Tar Heels Sense Better Days Ahead
  • Video Interview: Cam Sexton
  • Video Interview: Kendric Williams
  • John Bunting PC Quotes + Audio
  • Jesse Holley Q&A
  • Larry Edwards Q&A
  • John Bunting Wednesday Quotes
  • Opponent Spotlight: Matt Grothe
  • Opponent Spotlight: Trae Williams
  • John Bunting Radio Show Quotes
  • "Nobody here likes losing," quarterback Cam Sexton said. "We want to come out, get a win and get things going."

    Sexton will be making just his fourth start of the season since taking over for interception-prone Joe Dailey following the second week of the season. The redshirt freshman from Laurinburg will try to improve on his previous two outings, in which he went a combined 16-for-32 passing for 232 yards – zero touchdowns against three interceptions.

    "We've just got to go out and make the plays, and that's me not throwing interceptions," he said. "That's also receivers making the plays, and that's us making the blocks up front."

    Sexton suffered a mild concussion during the third quarter in last week's 27-7 loss at Miami. He was hit more than in any other game so far this season, but bounced back to make several big completions, including a 37-yarder to Hakeem Nicks that set up the Tar Heels' only touchdown.

    John Bunting said, "Cam got banged from both ends (against Miami). One play he gets killed; the next play – perfect and we move the chains. He's in with the scheme of things."

    For the most part, however, Sexton's protection has been solid. He's lacked run support as well. He and his teammates hope that changes against the Bulls.

    "As a unit offensively, we are buying into the system and making the plays needed to go out there and execute," Sexton said. "The (past) is over with; we've got to change the future. We do a great job of getting over things and getting back to work."

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