North Carolina will play a rare Thursday game this week that will provide this season's first chance to end one of the most mystifying losing streaks in school history. UNC will visit Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J., for its first road game of the season. UNC hasn't won a game outside the state since Oct. 5, 2002, in taking a 38-35 decision at Arizona State, a run of 20 defeats.
No Vacation: Heels will be all business
The Winston-Salem Journal
North Carolina safety Trimane Goddard has many reasons for wanting to beat Rutgers on Thursday night: the national spotlight, the possibility of being 2-0, avenging the season-opening loss to the Scarlet Knights in 2006.
UNC will try to snap out-of-state skid
The News and Observer
When he got a chance to watch the tape of North Carolina's closer-than-expected season-opening victory against visiting McNeese State, Tar Heels offensive lineman Garrett Reynolds had a rather strong reaction.
"I was like, "Man, that isn't us,' " Reynolds said.
Tar Heels look for upgrade
The Burlington Times-News
North Carolina found a way to avoid the poor performances that plagued the rest of the Atlantic Coast Conference over the weekend: The Tar Heels didn't play.
UNC hopes extra practice pays off
The Associated Press
Garrett Reynolds doesn't need to be told the date (Oct. 5, 2002).
Or the opponent (Arizona State).
Or the score (38-35).
It's been so long since North Carolina has won outside of its home state that Tar Heels players are aware of the particulars of the last time it happened, even if they weren't in Chapel Hill then.
UNC looks for first win outside of NC since 2002
The Durham Herald-Sun
It loomed a match made in College Football Heaven -- or at least the ESPN version of paradise on earth. Another Thursday night for Pandemonium in Piscataway, the magic midweek evening on which Rutgers had edged both national-No. 3 Louisville in 2006 and No. 2 South Florida last year with that entire-country-to-yourself viewing audience.
This time, the Scarlet Knights have North Carolina coming here, a matchup of two of the most-prestigious state universities in the coun try, two programs building toward prominence in their conferences under the former teacher-pupil coaching pair of Butch Davis and Greg Schiano, who once made magic together at Miami. Playing on 9/11 not far from where the World Trade Center once cast its shadow.
Rutgers anxious to jump-start season
The Trenton Times