Hakeem Nicks tried to carry North Carolina single-handedly to victory in its ACC opener Saturday at Kenan Stadium.
Spark: Nicks' play provided Heels with ray of hope in loss
The Winston-Salem Journal
First, a last-second field goal by East Carolina. Then, a failed 2-point conversion against Virginia. UNC (1-2) has been used to losing over the past half-decade. But not like this.
"It's rough, especially being so close," H-back Zack Pianalto said after the 22-20 loss Saturday. "A lot of people say they'd rather get blown out than be right there; it hurts a lot worse. But we're going to learn a lot from this game, just like we learned a lot from last week. We're going to continue to grow."
UNC postgame clipboard
The News and Observer
Through his first three games, North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates has put himself in elite company.
UNC NOTEBOOK: Yates enters UNC record book
The Rocky Mount Telegram
After showing loads of promise in his first two starts, it looked as if the progress of North Carolina freshman quarterback T.J. Yates may have stalled as the Tar Heels had little success on offense early against Virginia.
By game's end, the Tar Heels took a 22-20 loss in Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference opener at Kenan Stadium, but Yates again proved to be a bright spot for the Tar Heels (1-2).
Yates continues to shine for Tar Heels despite second loss
The Burlington Times-News
The whispers about Hakeem Nicks were getting louder because the evidence- if it can be called that- was mounting.
Nicks quiets talk of slump
The Durham Herald-Sun