CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina is on the verge of completing a remarkable comeback.
The Tar Heels (5-5) can turn their miserable start into bowl eligibility Saturday with a nonconference victory over Old Dominion (8-3).
Coach Larry Fedora says his team didn't worry when it faced a 1-5 start that came against one of the nation's toughest early-season schedules.
He says the staff held steady and "were able to show the kids that there's no reason to panic."
Now they're on the brink of returning to the postseason after an NCAA-mandated one-year absence.
The Tar Heels have reeled off four straight wins on the strength of a defense that has forced more turnovers and an offense that has continued to click despite a season-ending injury to senior quarterback Bryn Renner.