"So the culpability again falls to the defense. After the Syracuse game, Bunting was confident his coaching staff and his players could get the Tar Heels' season turned around. Page cited UNC's 0-3 start of 2001 as evidence."
Monday Morning Quarterback
"Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni admitted to having no idea what North Carolina was planning Saturday, as it lined up to try a two-point conversion that would have extended an already wild game into a fourth overtime. He did have one clue, though. Tar Heels quarterback Darian Durant would probably have the ball in his hands trying to make something happen."
Durant shows heart in defeat
The Fayetteville Observer
"A common belief in the coaching fraternity maintains that the biggest improvement shown by a college football team occurs between weeks 1 and 2 of the season."
Waiting for defense to show up
The Post Standard
”The Syracuse defense allowed only seven points in the second half, thanks in large part to North Carolina's dimwitted decision to curtail its passing attack and therefore remove Darian Durant's foot from the Orange throat. And the SU offense - the one that generated 518 yards while committing not a single turnover - lacked only the ABA's old red-white-and-blue ball.”
An optimistic gleam in Pasqualoni's eye
The Post Standard
“On the touchdown pass to Crumpler, just about everybody, including Johnson, went right, and then he stopped and threw left to his tight end.”
After stinky first half, Falcons shift into gear
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Maybe it was cornerback Dre' Bly, who committed three costly penalties in the first half, then redeemed himself with a 48-yard interception return for a touchdown."
Lions open with jolt from Rogers, rip Cardinals
The Detroit Free Press