CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina spent the past week preparing to stop Georgia Tech's run-focused offense. Now the Tar Heels must change their focus completely to stopping East Carolina's pass-heavy spread attack.
The Tar Heels (3-1) allowed nearly 500 total yards in the 35-28 loss to the Yellow Jackets over the weekend. The defense will get a different challenge when the Tar Heels travel to Greenville to face a senior quarterback in an offense that won't hesitate to throw the ball more than 40 times a game.
Interim coach Everett Withers says his defense needs to get the Pirates into third-and-long situations so they can make things tougher on Pirates passer Dominique Davis. That would also give the Tar Heels' pass rush more chances for big plays.