North Carolina will begin its ACC season on Saturday at Georgia Tech, and will have an opportunity to put an end to two long losing streaks in one game. UNC hasn't beaten Georgia Tech in Atlanta since the 1997 season and has lost its last five games at Bobby Dodd Stadium. UNC also has lost its last eight ACC openers, a run that started in the 2001 season.
Heels prepare to go to Atlanta
The Winston Salem Journal
The stat sheet says North Carolina did not stop Georgia Tech's option offense last season, but the scoreboard says otherwise.
Those 326 rushing yards that the Yellow Jackets piled up against the Tar Heels in Kenan Stadium didn't stop Georgia Tech from losing 28-7.
UNC coach Butch Davis would welcome the same high-yardage, low-scoring outcome for the 22nd-ranked Tar Heels' trip to Georgia Tech (2-1) on Saturday in their ACC opener. And he knows how the Heels (3-0) have to defend coach Paul Johnson's unusual flexbone offense.
UNC plan: Wreck Tech again
The News and Observer
One of the most pleasant developments for No. 22 North Carolina in Saturday's 31-17 victory against visiting East Carolina was the play of its young receivers.
Tar Heels encouraged by array of receivers
The Burlington Times-News
Don't fault North Carolina for feeling confident about taking on Georgia Tech's spread-option offense.
Sure, the No. 22 Tar Heels' defense hasn't let opponents move the football much through three games. Yet behind the size and fly-to-the-ball instincts carries another asset into Saturday's game against the Yellow Jackets: the experience of having shut down an offense that typically frustrates defensive coordinators.
North Carolina looks to stop Georgia Tech option
The Associated Press
North Carolina safety Da'Norris Searcy was surprised to learn Monday that the Tar Heels haven't won an ACC opener since 2000.
The 22nd-ranked Tar Heels (3-0) head to Georgia Tech (2-1) on Saturday for their first conference matchup of the season, and Searcy said the team is excited to finally get the ACC portion of their schedule started.
Heels ready to get toACC play
The Durham Herald-Sun
The past two seasons, the North Carolina football program had a cadre of touchdown-snagging receivers who allowed coaches to flip through their playbook and pick any variety of routes.
With Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Tate and Brooks Foster now all gone to the NFL, it hasn't been that simple for the Tar Heels and their current younger and less experienced group of receivers.
North Carolina poses a passing threat
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Jonathan Dwyer returned to practice after sitting out Sunday's drills due to the stinger he sustained in last week's 33-17 loss to Miami.
Tech's Jonathan Dwyer returns to practice
The Atlanta Journal-Constituion