Heels withstand Canes rallies, pick off big victory

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL — Just when it looked like Carolina might roll past Miami for the second consecutive season, the Hurricanes stormed back from an 18-point deficit to test the Tar Heels’ resiliency. UNC (4–3, 3–3 ACC) hasn’t responded well to such challenges this season but pushed back after its lead had been …

Familiar, painful storylines produce dreadful day for UNC

By R.L. Bynum CHAPEL HILL —The storylines frightening to Tar Heels fans combined to give them a dreary game to go with the dreary weather. The forehead slaps added up with the familiar issues. Get beaten by a running quarterback? Check. A rough game against Florida State? Check. Getting dominated on both sides of the …

Two big plays ignite easy UNC win as offensive line continues to struggle

By R.L. Bynum A horrible Carolina start against a bad Duke team had Tar Heels fans shaking their heads and wondering what happened to a team with so much potential. Two big scoring plays — a long touchdown pass and a fumble return for a score — turned those shakes into nods. With the best …

Tar Heels in NFL: Hurst gets his chance; Quinn playing well; maybe Bears’ woes weren’t Trubisky’s fault?

By R.L. Bynum New Orleans Saints left tackle James Hurst got his chance last week when starter Terron Armstead suffered an elbow injury in the first half. Hurst was in for a season-high 55 snaps in the Saints’ 28–13 win at New England and is sure to get more work for at least a few …

Little goes well for UNC on a rough night in Atlanta

By R.L. Bynum ATLANTA — Going as far back as the 1977 Final Four, North Carolina teams have made plenty of frustrating visits to Atlanta. The No. 21 Tar Heels (2–2, 1-2 ACC) added another football game to that painful history Saturday night at the palatial Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where all the good vibes of the …