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NCSU holds Heels to fewest points ever in the Smith Center

Mark Gottfried.

Mark Gottfried.

After getting out to a 16-point lead, a deliberate North Carolina State withstood a 12-0 North Carolina run to win in Chapel Hill for the first time since 2003 by a 58-46 score.

“They dominated from the get-go,” UNC coach Roy Williams said of the Wolfpack, who never trailed after falling behind 2-0. “Our crowd was fantastic and our team and our coach let ‘em down.”

The 46 points were the fewest the Tar Heels have ever scored at the Smith Center.

State’s defense held Carolina to 34.5 percent from the floor as Beejay Anya blocked six Tar Heel shots.

Offensively, the Wolfpack held the ball until late in the shot clock and, despite shooting just 35 percent, drained seven three-pointers. State hit four threes in the first half to take a 29-18 halftime lead.

The Pack got the lead up to 16 following a three by Ralston Turner early in the second half. But then the Tar Heels seemed to wake up with a 12-0 run.

Two buckets by UNC’s Justin Jackson cut the margin to 12. After a State timeout, a couple of nifty assists by Marcus Paige and Jackson cut the lead to eight and precipitated another State timeout.

But the run continued for the Heels. After a Jackson steal, Paige dove and passed to Jackson for a fastbreak layup. Then Paige whipped a pass to Kennedy Meeks to cut the lead to four at 36-32 as State called its third timeout of the half.

A Meeks follow shot cut the lead to 38-36 with 11:04 left in the game.

But State’s Turner drilled a three and, following a Carolina turnover, he went in for a fastbreak layup as the Pack weathered the storm to lead 43-36.

The Tar Heels cut the margin to four twice, the last time after a Paige three made it 50-46 with 2:33 to go.

But Carolina seemed to lose its poise with turnovers and bad shots while State was scoring the final eight points of the game to earn the 12-point victory.

“They made a run – we knew it was coming,” Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried said. “The rafters were shaking and our guys answered the run.” He said he was extremely proud of his team, particularly defensively.

Coach Williams said while his players made a nice run, they had no poise late in the game. Lazy passes, bad shot selection and simply poor execution of plays doomed the Heels.

“The last three or four minutes we looked like a team that’s never had a practice,” Williams said.

Jackson led the Tar Heels with 16 points while Meeks had 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Anthony Barber led NC State, now 17-11 and 8-7 in the league, with 15 points. Turner and Trevor Lacey added 14 each.

The Tar Heels fall to 19-9 overall and 9-6 in the ACC.

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Two Pack swimmers, one Tar Heel win weekly awards

stateswimNC State’s Anton Ipsen and teammate Rachel Mumma helped the Wolfpack capture two ACC Swimming & Diving weekly awards, after turning in solid performances this past weekend against rival North Carolina. Also earning weekly honors were Louisville’s Tanja Kylliainen and North Carolina’s Jack Nyquist.

NC State’s Ipsen earned ACC Swimmer of the Week recognition after sweeping both distance freestyle events in record fashion. The Wolfpack freshman set the school record in the 1000 free with a time of 8:55.70, just .08 seconds off the fastest time in the country. Ipsen’s 500 free time of 4:19.97 was only a second slower than his school record of 4:18.70.

North Carolina’s Nyquist took home the ACC Male Diver of the Week honor for the fifth time after sweeping all four diving events in dual meets against Duke and NC State. The sophomore had NCAA Zone “B” qualifying scores in all four events and his 3-meter score of 426.53 versus Duke was his top score of the season.

Louisville’s Kylliainen grabbed ACC Female Swimmer of the Week honors for the fourth time after posting three individual wins and a relay victory against No. 12 Indiana. The senior from Towson, Maryland, touched first in the 200 fly, the 400 IM and the 100 fly. Her time of 1:56.21 in the 200 fly and 4:11.05 in the 400 IM were both fourth fastest in the country.

NC State’s Mumma was named ACC Female Diver of the Week for the first time since the opening week of the season. The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, native recorded two NCAA Zone “B” qualifying scores and set a new school record with her 1-meter score of 332.32.

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UNC finishes ahead of State but loses to WV in gymnastics

gymnasticsIn a competitive quad meet on Saturday, North Carolina finished second, defeating NC State and William & Mary, but being edged out by West Virginia.

Junior Michaela Woodford of host NC State earned three top-three finishes to win the all-around individual competition with a score of 39.175, marking a career high.

The third place Pack scored a combined seven top-three finishes on the evening.

But the Tar Heels posted a total score of 194.500, the second highest of the season, to earn second place. UNC placed three gymnasts in the top five of the all-around competition.

“We did some good things [tonight], but we have to expect a high performance every [meet] from every gymnast in order to achieve our goals. We will go back and push for that,” said head coach Derek Galvin.

In the all-around, Morgan Lane tied for second with a score of 39.125. Lexi Cappalli finished fourth with a 38.825 and Haley Watts notched a 38.700, taking fifth place.

The Tar Heels began the meet on floor, totaling a season-high score of 48.700. Lane and Cappalli both recorded a 9.825, tying for third among all competitors. Watts notched a 9.800, which tied for seventh place. In addition, Lauren Weisel added a 9.700.

UNC next competed on vault, which proved to be the team’s strongest rotation of the evening. The Tar Heels tallied a season-high 48.800. Carolina received two of the top six scores. Sarah Peterson notched a 9.875, tying for second and Watts had a 9.825, which tied for sixth. For the first time all season, Kaitlynn Hedelund participated in vault, where she received a 9.700. Lane and Cappalli also contributed scores of 9.700 for the Tar Heels.

On the uneven bars, Carolina finished with a 48.425. Hedelund notched a 9.800, which tied for second. Lane had a 9.725, tying for sixth. In addition, Cappalli received a 9.700 and Acacia Cosentino was awarded a 9.675.

“[At bars] we kind of lost our momentum, which was disappointing. We had an opportunity tonight to score in the 195 range again, but we were unable to perform on beam and bars,” said Galvin.

The Tar Heels finished the competition on the balance beam, tallying a score of 48.575. At the final apparatus, UNC placed three gymnasts in the top six. Lane notched a 9.875, the highest score among all competitors. Peterson added a season-high 9.775, tying for fifth. Hedelund notched a 9.750, which tied for sixth. In addition, Cappalli received a season-high 9.600.

“[This week] we will go into training knowing what it feels like to let an opportunity slide like it did tonight. We are determined not to let that happen again for the rest of the season.”

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Heels hang on to nip Pack 81-79 behind Paige

Marcus Paige.

Marcus Paige.

North Carolina opened up a close game with a 10-0 run over rival NC State in the second half only to see a 12-point lead nearly evaporate in an 81-79 victory in Raleigh.

The back-and-forth first half ended with the Tar Heels up six, 32-26 at the break. The Wolfpack cut the margin to two midway through the second half at 54-52.

That’s when the Tar Heels reeled off 10 straight points and seemed in control of the game at 64-52 with less than eight minutes to play.

JP Tokoto led the way for the Heels during the run as he stole the ball and went in for a fast break layup and foul for a three-point play. Then he found an open Kennedy Meeks and whipped a pass to him for a dunk assist.

Carolina still led by 11 at 73-62 with 3:45 to go but then “some stuff started happening” as UNC coach Roy Williams put it.

Following a long two point basket by 6-foot-9 Kyle Washington, who had a season-high 17 points, Ralston Turner, saddled with four fouls, drained a three from the right corner and was fouled by UNC’s Theo Pinson.

The four-point play drew the Pack to within five points at 73-68. After a UNC free throw, Turner, heavily guarded, hit another three with 2:10 left to make it 74-71.

Turner had a chance to tie it with 1:35 to go but missed the three. UNC’s Marcus Paige, who led all scorers with 23 points, sank a pair of free throws with 32 seconds left to seemingly put the Tar Heels in control.

But Trevor Lacey, who had missed five three pointers with Tokoto covering him, hit a three from the top of the key to draw the Pack to within a bucket at 76-74 with 14 seconds left.

After a slew of free throws for each team, including another pair by Paige, the Heels led 81-78 with a second to go.

A foul by UNC’s Isaiah Hicks on the court-long pass sent Abdul-Malik Abu to the free throw line. He hit the first and intentionally missed the second free throw. State’s Cody Martin got his hand around Meeks for a tip that went to the left of the basket as Carolina escaped.

“We were lucky as all get out and we’ll get out of town as quick as we can,” Coach Williams said.

Williams generally was happy with his team, which shot 56 percent from the floor and got production (19 points) off the bench. But he was concerned with the offensive rebounding as State had 16 offensive rebounds compared to just seven for UNC. That’s nine more possessions the Wolfpack got.

State coach Mark Gottfried said his team had a let down during the Carolina 10-0 run. “That hole was hard to get out of,” he said. While he said his team never quit, he also said the club didn’t always play with energy.

“We have a lot of things to build on,” he said. “This young group needs to learn that it takes 40 minutes of high intensity.”

He said that Paige, who scored 35 against the Pack last year, enjoys playing against the Pack but that he thought the difference was the 17 baskets by the three big men (Meeks 15 points, Brice Johnson 10 points and Isaiah Hicks’ season-high 12 points off the bench.)

Paige had his best game of the year with nine assists and no turnovers to go with his 23 points, which included going five of five from three-point land.

Turner led State, now 12-6 and 3-2 in the league, with 20 points.

The 13-4 and 3-1 Tar Heels, who have now won 23 of the last 25 games against the Wolfpack, host Virginia Tech Sunday.

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State’s Chavis wins ACC field honors

Nicole Chavis.

Nicole Chavis.

NC State weight thrower Nicole Chavis was tabbed as the ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Week.

Chavis has dominated all three of her weight throw events thus far, placing first in each and besting the second-place finishers by an average of 4 feet, 4.2 inches.

The Lumberton, NC redshirt junior’s throw of 66-5 ¾ (20.26 meters) in the UNC Greensboro 6-Way ranked sixth nationally, and her average throw of 65-10 thus far is 3 ½ feet greater than her 62-5 average through her first three events of 2013-14.

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State’s Anya may have been the difference vs. Duke

Beejay Anya.

Beejay Anya.

Ok, guards Trevor Lacey and Ralston Turner will get the most ink as the N.C. State transfers led the Wolfpack to an 87-75 home upset over previously unbeaten Duke.

But the Pack had the size advantage, especially with big sophomore Beejay Anya, who has actually lost almost 60 pounds since he came to NC State. Anya, weighing in at 290, scored 14 points, hauled in six rebounds and blocked four shots off the bench. He averages just 4.5 points a game.

Lacey and Turner drained nine of 14 three pointers to lead the Pack to an 18-point margin at 72-54 with less than six minutes to go.

But predictably the Blue Devils made a run. State, which had been the aggressor the whole game, seemed to playing not to lose and Duke took
advantage by scoring 10 straight points.

Up just 72-64, the floundering Wolfpack needed a lift and Anya gave it to them. State’s Turner took an ill-advised three-pointer from the right corner with 28 seconds still left on the shot clock. That was not the time to be aggressive, that was time to burn some clock.

But luckily for the Pack, Anya fought his way through two defenders and grabbed the ball above the rim with two hands and jammed it in for a 10-point lead with 2:24 left.

He came down hard on his side and had to leave the game for a moment. When he came back in, he made a play on the other end of the court.

Duke’s Matt Jones seemed to be going in for two that would have cut the lead to seven with 1:20 left but Anya came over to help and blocked his fourth shot of the day, his third of the half, to help keep Duke at bay.

In the last minute, Anya added an assist and two defensive rebounds, including the final rebound of the game.

Lacey and Turner may have gotten the Pack in position to win but Anya, who played just 19 minutes, kept the Blue Devils from coming all the way back late.

The game certainly gives the Wolfpack some confidence but it also shows Duke’s defensive weaknesses. The Pack 55 percent from the floor including 62.5 percent from beyond the arc.

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ACC proposal would allow loss-of-value insurance

accteamsThe Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday announced three legislative proposals that have been submitted to the NCAA as part of the recently adopted Division I autonomy process as approved by the league’s Council of Presidents.

The proposals focus on the issues of cost of attendance, loss-of-value insurance and scholarship renewal. The ACC will work with the NCAA to finalize legislative language in anticipation of the January NCAA Convention.

“The ACC’s continued discussions related to enhancing the student-athletes’ experience has resulted in our submission of three legislative proposals,” said Donna E. Shalala, Chair of the ACC Council of Presidents and President of the University of Miami.

“These three proposals create a pathway to additional benefits for student-athletes, which continues to be the top-priority,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “Our Council of Presidents and membership will continue to explore ways to enhance our student-athletes’ experience within the collegiate model.”

A brief synopsis of the proposals submitted by the ACC follows:

Cost of attendance: This proposal will permit an institution to provide an athletics scholarship to any student-athlete up to their cost of attendance at the institution. The cost of attendance figure shall be determined using federal regulations and in a manner consistent with institutional policies for the establishment of the value for all students. This proposal will be permissive and apply to student-athletes in all sports. The effective date would by August 1, 2015 and agreements may be executed prior to that date to take effect in the 2015-16 academic year.

Loss-of-value insurance: This proposal is intended to permit a student-athlete to borrow against his or her future earnings potential to obtain loss-of-value insurance. The proposal will make the treatment of loss-of-value insurance consistent with that of disability insurance. The effective date would be immediate.

Scholarship renewal: This proposal precludes an institution from not renewing a student-athlete’s athletic scholarship for athletics performance or injury reasons, even after the period of the award. The effective date would be Aug. 1, 2015.

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Duke places four on All-ACC football first team

allaccfootballThe Triangle ACC teams aren’t particularly well represented in the post-regular season All-Atlantic Coast Conference football team as voted on by the ACC sportswriters and announced Monday. However, Duke did manage four first-team selections.

The Blue Devils’ Jamison Crowder took two of those spots – one at wide receiver and one at special teams player. Duke guard Laken Tomlinson was named to the first-team offense while linebacker David Helton was named to the first-team defense.

N.C. State senior punter Wil Baumann was the only other Triangle area team player to make first team.

UNC quarterback Marquis Williams made the second team as did Duke safety Jeremy Cash.

Duke and North Carolina were well represented on the third team offense with honors going to Duke’s Takoby Cofield (tackle), Matt Skura (center), Ross Martin (kicker), DeVon Edwards (special teams) and North Carolina’s Ryan Switzer (receiver) and Landon Turner (guard).

There were a number of honorable mentions, which you will see listed at the bottom of the article.

Atlantic Division champion Florida State led the 2014 All-ACC Football Team voted on by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSMA).

The defending national champion and nationally-second-ranked Seminoles placed 17 members on the squad, including 10 first-team selections, as voted upon by 55 ACSMA members. Coastal Division runner-up Duke had nine players overall selected, including four on the first team. Eight student-athletes were chosen from Virginia, while Coastal Division champion Georgia Tech followed with seven and Clemson, Louisville and Miami each placed six student-athletes on the squad.

Each of the ACC’s 14 football member schools placed at least one player on the first-, second- or third teams.

The All-ACC offensive first team features a number of national leaders at their positions, including the reigning Heisman Trophy winner in Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston and Seminoles offensive lineman Cameron Erving, the ACC’s two-time Jacobs Blocking Trophy recipient.

The first team also boasts the ACC’s top two rushers in Pitt’s James Conner (fourth nationally with 1,675 yards and second nationally with an ACC-record 24 rushing touchdowns) and Miami’s Duke Johnson (11th nationally with 1,520 yards and 13 total TDs).

FSU’s Winston, who leads the ACC in passing yardage (3,250 yards) and total offense (302.3 yards per game) is joined on the first team by Seminole teammate Rashad Greene, who leads the league in receiving (1,183 yards on 86 catches). The All-ACC first-team receiving corps features two other repeat performers from the 2013 squad in Duke’s Crowder (78 receptions for 942 yards) and Pitt’s Tyler Boyd (69 catches for 1,149 yards and eight TDs).

Crowder was also selected to the first team as a kick returner and is one of three players who earned All-ACC honors at two positions. FSU’s Erving was chosen at both first-team offensive tackle and second-team center. Pitt’s Boyd was selected as a first-team receiver and a second-team kick returner.

The defensive first team features Louisville safety Gerod Holliman, who tied a national record with 14 interceptions in the Cardinals’ 12 regular-season games. One of the defensive end spots is manned by Clemson grad student Vic Beasley, who leads the ACC this season with 11 quarterback sacks and leads all active FBS players in career sacks with 32. The first team also includes the ACC’s leading tackler in Duke’s Helton (10.4 per game).

The kicking game is well-represented with 2013 Lou Groza Award winner Roberto Aguayo of Florida State (22-of-24 field goals, 49-of-49 on extra points) earning a spot on first team. NC State punter Baumann, who ranks seventh nationally with a 45.3 average per kick, was voted first team at his position.

Twenty-two student-athletes chosen to the 2014 All-ACC Football team by ACSMA are repeat selections from last season.

2014 All-ACC Football Team

(As voted upon by ACSMA; Listed by position and total points. Capital Sports’ ballot for first and second team is in parentheses.)

1st Team Offense

WR Rashad Greene, Sr., Florida State…….. 157
(Rashad Greene)
WR Jamison Crowder, Sr., Duke ……………. 150
(Jamison Crowder)
WR Tyler Boyd, So., Pitt ……………………….. 149
(Tyler Boyd)
TE Nick O’Leary, Sr., Florida State ………. 131
(Clive Walford, Miami)
T Cameron Erving, Sr.-R., Florida State 133
(Cameron Erving)
T T.J. Clemmings, Sr.-R, Pitt………………… 90
(Sean Hickey, Syracuse)
G Laken Tomlinson, Sr.-R, Duke ………… 114
(Laken Tomlinson)
G Tre’ Jackson, Sr., Florida State ………. 121
(David Beasley, Clemson)
C Andy Gallik, Sr.-R, Boston College ….. 105
(Andy Gallik)
QB Jameis Winston, So.-R, Florida State 142
(Jameis Winston)
RB James Conner, So., Pitt …………………… 164
(James Conner)
RB Duke Johnson, Jr., Miami ………………. 159
(Duke Johnson)
K Roberto Aguayo, So.-R, Florida State.. 153
(Roberto Aguayo)
Sp. Jamison Crowder, Sr., Duke ……………… 86

2nd Team Offense

WR Phillip Dorsett, Sr.-R, Miami……………… 96
(Phillip Dorsett)
WR Mike Williams, So., Clemson…………………… 84
(Mike Williams)
WR Artavis Scott, Fr., Clemson ……………… 80
(Artavis Scott)
TE Clive Walford, Sr.-R, Miami ……………. 101
(Nick O’Leary, FSU)
T Ereck Flowers, Jr., Miami …………………. 69
(TJ Clemmons, Pitt)
T Jamon Brown, Sr., Louisville ……………. 50
(Jamon Brown)
G Shaquille Mason, Sr., Georgia Tech… 102
(Tre’ Jackson, FSU)
G Josue Matias, Jr., Florida State………… 48
(Landon Turner, UNC)
C Cameron Erving, Sr.-R, Florida State…. 71
(Shane McDermott, Miami)
QB Marquise Williams, Jr., North Carolina. 89
(Marquise Williams)
RB Zach Laskey, Sr., Georgia Tech…………… 69
(Zach Laskey)
RB Dalvin Cook, So., Florida State …………. 63
(Shadrach Thornton, NC State)
K Ian Frye, Jr.-R, Virginia……………………… 67
(Ross Martin, Duke)
Sp. Tyler Boyd, So., Pitt ………………………… 58

3rd Team Offense

WR DeAndre Smelter, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech…………. 72

WR DeVante Parker, Sr., Louisville…………… 62

WR Ryan Switzer, So., North Carolina …….. 54

TE Bucky Hodges, Fr.-R, Virginia Tech …… 38

T Sean Hickey, Sr., Syracuse………………… 48

T (tie)Bobby Hart, Sr., Florida State…………… 42

(tie)Seth Betancourt, Sr.-R, Boston College 42

(tie)Takoby Cofield, Sr.-R, Duke………………. 42

G Landon Turner, Jr., North Carolina …… 42

G Matt Rotheram, Sr.-R, Pitt………………. 42

C Matt Skura, Jr.-R, Duke ……………………. 44

QB Justin Thomas,So., Georgia Tech………. 35

RB Kevin Parks, Sr., Virginia…………………… 60

RB Jon Hilliman, Fr., Boston College……….. 51

K Ross Martin, Jr., Duke……………………….. 48

Sp. DeVon Edwards, So., Duke ………………. 48

Honorable Mention/Offense (20 or more points):

QB–Brad Kaaya, Miami (21). RB–Shadrach Thornton, NC State (33); Synjyn Days, Georgia Tech (24). WR–Isaiah Ford, Virginia Tech (24); Mack Hollins, North Carolina (20). TE–Cam Serigne, Wake Forest (25). T–Bryan Chamberlain, Georgia Tech (40); Ian Silberman, Boston College (35); G–David Beasley, Clemson (39); Bobby Vardaro, Boston College (34); John Miller, Louisville (31); Jon Feliciano, Miami (30); Kalon Davis, Clemson (28). C–Shane McDermott, Miami (36); Freddie Burden, Georgia Tech (35); Jake Smith, Louisville (26). PK–Ammon Lakip (32), Clemson; SP–Rashad Greene, Florida State (37); Darius Jennings, Virginia (28); Ryan Switzer, North Carolina (23); Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech (20).

1st Team Defense

DE Vic Beasley, Sr.-R, Clemson …………….. 159
(Vic Beasley)
DE Mario Edwards Jr., Jr., Florida State …. 112
(Mario Edwards Jr.)
DT Eddie Goldman, Jr., Florida State …….. 129
(Thomas Teal, NC State)
DT Grady Jarrett, Sr., Clemson ……………… 127
(Grady Jarrett)
LB Denzel Perryman, Sr., Miami …………… 145
(Denzel Perryman)
LB David Helton, Sr., Duke …………………… 104
(David Helton)
LB Stephone Anthony, Sr., Clemson ……………….. 101
(Terrence Smith, FSU)
CB Kendall Fuller, So., Virginia Tech ……… 119
(Garry Peters, Clemson)
CB P.J. Williams, Jr., Florida State …………. 105
(P.J. Williams)
S Gerod Holliman, So.-R Louisville ……… 132
(Gerod Holliman)
S Jalen Ramsey, So., Florida State ………… 92
(Jeremy Cash, Duke)
P Wil Baumann, Sr., NC State ……………… 108
(Alexander Kinal, Wake Forest)

2nd Team Defense

DE Dadi Nicolas, Jr.-R, Virginia Tech ………. 101
(KeShun Freeman, Georgia Tech)
DE Eli Harold, Jr., Virginia……………………….. 65
(Eli Harold)
DT Adam Gotsis, Jr., Georgia Tech…………………… 48
(David Dean, Virginia)
DT Tylor Harris, Jr., Wake Forest…………….. 43
(Corey Marshall, Virginia Tech)
LB Terrance Smith, Jr.-R, Florida State ……. 82
(Cameron Lynch, Syracuse)
LB Lorenzo Mauldin, Sr., Louisville …………. 79
(Lorenzo Mauldin)
LB(Tie)Henry Coley, Sr.-R, Virginia …………….. 68
(Anthony Gonzalez, Pitt)
LB(Tie)Quayshawn Nealy, Sr.-R, Georgia Tech 68
(Jeff Schoettmer, UNC)
CB Garry Peters Sr., Clemson ………………… 63
(Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech)
CB Maurice Canady Jr., Virginia ……………… 56
(Brian Walker, UNC)
S Jeremy Cash, Jr.-R, Duke …………………… 83
(Jamal Golden, Georgia Tech)
S Quin Blanding, Fr., Virginia………………… 71
(Deon Bush, Miami)
P Alex Kinal, Jr.-R, Wake Forest …………….. 86
(Riley Dixon, Syracuse)

3rd Team Defense

DE Sheldon Rankins, Jr., Louisville……………. 45

DE Ken Ekanem, Jr., So.-R, Virginia Tech….. 40

DT Corey Marshall, Jr.-R, Virginia Tech ……. 41

DT Connor Wujciak, Jr., Boston College …… 41

LB Reggie Northrup, Jr., Florida State……… 54

LB Cameron Lynch, Sr., Syracuse……………. 45

LB Max Valles, So., Virginia…………………….. 45

CB Ronald Darby, Jr., Florida State………….. 51

CB Charles Gaines, Jr.-R, Louisville …………. 47

S Anthony Harris, Sr., Virginia………………. 56

S Jamal Golden, Jr., Georgia Tech………….. 43

P Justin Vogel, So., Miami …………………… 40

Honorable Mention/Defense (20 or more points):

DE–Art Norman, NC State (25); KeShun Freeman, Georgia Tech (23); Anthony Chickillo, Miami (21); B.J. Dubose, Louisville (20); DT–Olsen Pierre, Miami (38); David Dean, Virginia (37); Luther Maddy, Virginia Tech (33); Nigel William, Virginia Tech (29); Thomas Teal, NC State (27); Ethan Farmer, North Carolina (22); Josh Banks, Wake Forest (20). LB–Brandon Chubb, Wake Forest (30); P.J. Davis,. Georgia Tech (25); Josh Keyes, Boston College (22); Keith Kelsey, Louisville (20). CB–Kevin Johnson, Wake Forest (45); D.J. White, Georgia Tech (40); Merrill Noel, Wake Forest (34); Brian Walker, North Carolina (27); MacKensie Alexander, Clemson (22). S–Deon Bush, Miami (36); DeVon Edwards, Duke (26); Robert Smith, Clemson (20), P–Will Monday, Duke (29); Riley Dixon, Syracuse (23).

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State’s domination sets up 2015 as must win year for Fedora

uncstateNorth Carolina was coming off a dominating performance over rival Duke and looking for a winning season at home against rival NC State, who came into the game with only two conference wins.

Instead, NC State totally dominated the Tar Heels with long drives, mostly on rushes, to whip the Heels 35-7. The Wolfpack ran the ball 58 times for 388 yards – far and away their best performance of the year.

Just like that – after a Wolfpack 35-7 win – people begin to wonder if Larry Fedora will be coaching the Tar Heels in two years.

“Give credit to their coaches and team,” Fedora said. “They out-coached us and outplayed us. That’s all I can say.”

Of course there were more questions so he did say more. “They controlled the line of scrimmage and that’s why they won the game,” he said, noting that his team couldn’t match State’s energy level.

State QB Jacoby Brissett, who had rushed for just 300-plus yards on the season, ran for a Wolfpack quarterback record 167 in this one game. Only once this season has a Wolfpack player rushed for more than 100 yards. In this game, the Pack had two players rush for more than 100 yards.

Wolfpack coach Dan Doeren told his quarterback, “There are two number 12s playing in this game and I think we have the best one so go out there and show it,” he said.

Carolina started the season as one of the favorites to win the division and earn the right to play presumptive favorite Florida State in the ACC championship game.

Despite record-breaking offensive numbers, the defense faltered and the Tar Heels lost a couple of games they could have won.

After a good defensive effort in upsetting Duke, some thought the Tar Heels had turned the corner and were looking forward to finishing the regular season at 7-5 and maybe 8-5 after a bowl win.

Few Carolina fans care about a bowl game at this point, which will determine whether the 6-6 Tar Heels have a winning or losing season.

Several key players – including QB Marquis Williams, center Lucas Crowley and returner Ryan Switzer – were injured in the game and hampered any chance of a comeback after State scored on the first possession and took a 21-0 halftime lead. It’s not known if they will be available for a bowl game – which will probably be just after Christmas a long way away, almost certainly keeping Tar Heel fans away.

The Pack hadn’t really had a signature win but now they have and they go into next season – and a bowl game this season – with high hopes for the future. Meanwhile, the Tar Heels are underachieving and therefore setting up a must-win season in 2015 – unless of course an emphasis on winning changes into an emphasis on academics.

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Wolfpack, Tar Heels cross country teams qualify for national championships

crosscountry2The Atlantic Coast Conference will be well represented at this weekend’s NCAA Cross Country Championships, with eight women’s teams and four men’s teams participating. The championships are set for Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind.

Syracuse and Virginia earned automatic berths to the men’s championship after claiming regional titles while Florida State and North Carolina also earned berths in the 31-team field.

The Orange, led by top-10 finishers Martin Hehir (6th), Joel Hubbard (7th) and Dan Lennon (8th), captured the Northeast Regional by three points over Providence. The Cavaliers were paced by top-15 finishers Adam Visokay (6th), Kyle King (7th) and Zach Herriott (11th) en route to claiming the Southeast Regional title by a four-point margin over Furman.

NC State’s Sam Parsons qualified automatically as an individual based on his fourth place finish in the Southeast regional.

An NCAA-best eight ACC teams secured berths in the women’s championship following their regional performances. The Big Ten and the Pac-12 were tied for second with five teams each in the NCAA championship.

ACC teams qualifying for the women’s championship are Boston College, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The Seminoles, led by individual champion Colleen Quigley, finished second at the South Regional while North Carolina, paced by individual champion Anne LeHardy, placed third at the Southeast Regional.

The NCAA Championships will be hosted by Indiana State on Nov. 23 at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind. The men’s race will begin at noon ET, followed by the women’s race at approximately 1:15 p.m.

2014 NCAA Championship Team Qualifiers

Women (8)

Boston College+
Florida State*
North Carolina+
NC State+
Notre Dame+
Syracuse+
Virginia*
Virginia Tech+

Men (4)

Florida State*
Syracuse*
Virginia*
North Carolina+

*Automatic Team Qualifiers
+At-Large Team Qualifiers