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North Carolina's win against Connecticut Saturday night got the program its first national ranking in almost seven years yesterday. UNC rose to No. 22 in the AP Top 25 poll after a 38-12 victory that improved its record to 4-1 in its second season under Coach Butch Davis. Davis said that the ranking is a sign of progress but is nothing to dwell on with a game against Notre Dame at Kenan Stadium on Saturday. Davis has a 24-hour rule for wins -- his players can enjoy them for that amount of time before moving on -- that will apply to rankings, also.
Getting Noticed: Tar Heels back in AP Top 25 for first time since 2001 season
The Winston-Salem Journal

North Carolina is back in The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since November 2001. And the No. 22 Tar Heels hope they have finally found the running attack to keep them there. Converted safety Shaun Draughn accounted for 109 of UNC's 146 rushing yards during Saturday's 38-12 blowout against then-No. 24 Connecticut. Draughn is just the second Tar Heels player this season - and first tailback - to exceed 100 rushing yards in a game.
UNC ranked No. 22
The News and Observer

So pronounced is Notre Dame's footprint on college football that some opponents mark program milestones by chances to play the Irish. North Carolina is one of those. For many Tar Heels fans, Saturday's game in Chapel Hill will be their first opportunity to see the Irish on state soil. Not since 1975, when Joe Montana led a 21-14 Irish comeback win, has the program played inside North Carolina borders.
No Justice in UNC's loss to Irish in 1949
The News and Observer

North Carolina coach Butch Davis had a pointed message for his players last week: If you want more, you've got to do more. The result: a 38-12 thrashing of No. 24 Connecticut on Saturday and a place (No. 22) in The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since 2001.
UNC Clipboard
The News and Observer

After beating what was the No. 24 team in the country by 26 points, the North Carolina football teams is ranked for the first time since 2001.
Draughn carries UNC to first ranking since 2001
The Durham Herald-Sun

Everything seems to be coming up aces for UNC: Off to their best start to a season since the 1997 campaign, the Tar Heels (4-1) cracked their way into the AP poll Sunday for the first time since 2001.
UNC Monday Morning QB
The Durham Herald-Sun


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