Tar Heels in NFL: Big NFL debut for Antonio Williams; several UNC alums make playoffs

By R.L. Bynum The feel-good Week 17 story for Carolina fans was Antonio Williams’ NFL debut for the Buffalo Bills. In the Bills’ 56–26 home win over the Miami Dolphins, Williams ran for 63 yards and two touchdowns and caught a pass for 20 more yards. https://twitter.com/BuffaloBills/status/1345831696386699265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1345831696386699265%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.syracuse.com%2Fbuffalo-bills%2F2021%2F01%2Fwho-is-antonio-williams-bills-udfa-rb-scores-twice-in-buffalos-week-17-win.html It was an impressive first game for Williams, …

UNC’s defense shines for three quarters before Texas A&M surges to victory

By R.L. Bynum MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. –– North Carolina players at the Orange Bowl heard the doubters who didn’t give the Tar Heels a chance after four stars opted out of the game against the highest-ranked team to miss the College Football Playoff. The defensive unit, which was shaky at times during the regular season, …

Game planning on Christmas gives way to redistribution process for UNC’s Longo

By R.L. Bynum North Carolina offensive coordinator Phil Longo enjoyed a high-energy Christmas morning with his four kids and spent that afternoon coming up with a game plan for the Orange Bowl against Texas A&M. The morning gave him some nice holiday memories but the work he did in the afternoon had a short shelf …

UNC dealing with offensive reboot heading into Orange Bowl

By R.L. Bynum When you’re about to play the program’s first major bowl game in 71 years, it isn’t the best time to reboot an offense. But that’s just what No. 13 North Carolina is doing after its two best running backs and one of its best receivers opted out of the Orange Bowl. Running …

Tar Heels in NFL: Trubisky throws for 265 in big win; Big catches for Hollins, Ebron; Holcomb, Boston play well

By R.L. Bynum While the Chicago Bears — and the media and fans — debate whether they should re-sign quarterback Mitch Trubisky, he’s throwing together some good arguments to keep him with the Bears. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HMFZ4GBR18&t=472s&ab_channel=ChicagoBears Trubisky threw for 265 and two touchdowns and ran for another score in Chicago’s 41–17 road victory over the Jacksonville …

Tar Heels in NFL: Bernard scores twice in Bengals’ upset; Ebron hurt; Trubisky solid again

By R.L. Bynum In a frustrating season for Gio Bernard and the Cincinnati Bengals, it was another Monday night to remember against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bernard, who had four touchdowns on the season coming into the game, scored on a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown to lead the Bengals to a stunning 27–17 victory …

Now 15th in CFP rankings, one hurdle between UNC and Orange Bowl

The Tar Heels head to the Orange Bowl if No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson make the College Football Playoff By R.L. Bynum There is only one remaining hurdle between North Carolina and a trip to the program’s first major bowl since 1950 after the Tar Heels leapfrogged over Miami in the latest …

Tar Heels in NFL: Resurgent Trubisky has big game as Bears roll

By R.L. Bynum Critics have targeted the Chicago Bears ever since they selected Carolina’s Mitch Trubisky with the second overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft ahead of Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. That criticism has been valid. But, for one Sunday, Trubisky looked better than both of those other 2017 picks as he outplayed …

UNC jumps to No. 16 in AP poll after blowout win

Tar Heels now await Tuesday’s release of College Football Playoff rankings, ACC title game outcome By R.L. Bynum North Carolina did all it could to improve its chances of making the Orange Bowl with a 62–26 blowout Saturday at Miami. Now, the Tar Heels (8–3, 7–3 ACC) can only wait to see if they overtake …

Heels run down shot at Orange Bowl

Carter, Williams run roughshod on Miami as UNC rolls past the Hurricanes By R.L. Bynum No. 20 North Carolina showed that it can give any team in the country a run for their money if the Tar Heels can unleash the potent running back combination of Michael Carter and Javonte Williams. No. 9 Miami was …