North Carolina is becoming a football paradox. Close losses keep coming for UNC, but its players say that their confidence is building each week after every setback.
Break: UNC to have an off week after tough loss
The Winston-Salem Journal
North Carolina made plenty of mistakes during its 21-15 loss to No. 7 South Carolina on Saturday. Three interceptions, missed kicks, and plays that bounced off the Heels' fingertips all went against them.
But the players weren't the only ones at fault.
UNC postgame clipboard
The News and Observer
By no means does North Carolina have the most potent offense in the Atlantic Coast Conference or, for that matter, the nation.
But the one thing Tar Heels offensive coordinator John Shoop has going for him is creativity. In Saturday's 21-15 loss to No. 7 South Carolina, the Tar Heels lined up three different players – quarterback T.J. Yates and wide receivers Greg Little and Joe Dailey – under center.
UNC offense gets creative in latest loss
The Rocky Mount Telegram
Greg Little wanted the football in his hands more, but he didn't complain when it didn't happen. He simply waited his turn, which came Saturday.
Little steps up for the Tar Heels in loss Saturday
The Durham Herald-Sun
With the clock ticking its final seconds, the football drifted in the air as all eyes watched it float towards the end zone, knowing that where it came down would decide the game.
Missed opportunities plague game
The Daily Tar Heel
An 18-point lead nearly disappeared Saturday at North Carolina, but South Carolina was able to escape Chapel Hill with a 21-15 victory.
Gamecocks feel fortunate after close call
The Charleston Post and Courier
Upon further review, Steve Spurrier's play calling against North Carolina was not as bad as he thought.
Play calls look better a day later
The Columbia State