Heels And Panthers Tangle Thursday Night On ESPN


Game 10

North Carolina (5-4, 3-3) at #25/21 Pittsburgh (7-2, 4-1)

Pittsburgh, Pa. • Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021 • 7:30 p.m. ET

Heinz Field (68,400) • ESPN

Carolina Football Media Center

Series vs. Pitt: UNC leads 10-4

Series Streak: Pitt won last game

Last Meeting at Pitt: 2019 (L, 27-34)

Last UNC Win: 2018 (W, 38-35)

NORTH CAROLINA

Record: 5-4 (3-3 ACC)

Head Coach: Mack Brown (Florida State, ’74)

Overall Record: 264-136-1, 33rd year

Record at UNC: 89-60-1, 13th year

PITT

Record: 7-2 (4-1 ACC)

Head Coach: Pat Narduzzi (Rhode Island, ’90)

Overall Record: 49-36, 7th year

Record at Pitt: same

BROADCAST INFO

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. ET

ESPN: Matt Barrie, play-by-play; Roddy Jones, analyst; Katie George, sideline

Tar Heel Sports Network: Jones Angell, play-by-play; Brian Simmons, analyst; Lee Pace, sideline

Satellite Radio: Sirius (84), XM (84)

Website: A live radio broadcast of the Tar Heel Sports Network is available on UNC’s official athletic website, GoHeels.com, as well as through the TuneIn app.

TAR HEELS AND PANTHERS

• Carolina faces Pitt on the road for the fourth-consecutive time on a Thursday night before a nationally-televised audience on ESPN. UNC won previous meetings in 2015 and ’17, while the Panthers won in 2019.

• Carolina leads the series with Pitt, 10-4, and had won six in a row against the Panthers until the 34-27 setback in 2019. 

• Since Pitt joined the ACC in 2013, all seven games between these Coastal Division rivals have been decided by seven points or less.

• Both teams have scored exactly 136 points in the last four games (2016-19)

• 12 of the 14 all-time meetings have been decided by 10 points or less.

• UNC and Pitt did not play in 2020 after the schedule was revamped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

THURSDAY NIGHT HISTORY

• Carolina’s game at Pitt is the 20th Thursday night ESPN football game in school history. All but two have been on the road. The Tar Heels are 9-10 in the previous 19 games.

THREE-STRAIGHT RANKED OPPONENTS

The Tar Heels are in the midst of playing three consecutive games against top-25 ranked opponents. Carolina will see No. 11 Notre Dame, No. 10 Wake Forest and now 25th ranked Pitt in a span of 12 days. UNC last played three-straight ranked opponents back in 2016 against No. 12 Florida State, No. 25 Virginia Tech and No. 16 Miami.

BROWN VS. PITT

Mack Brown is 0-1 all-time against Pittsburgh, the 34-27 loss in 2019.

HISTORY MAKING

Sam Howell is the UNC program record holder in total offense, passing yards, passing touchdowns and total touchdowns accounted for.

HOWELL’S 10K

Sam Howell took over as Carolina’s career total offense leader last time out against Wake Forest. He is the second-fastest player in ACC history to reach 10,000 yards of offense. Howell’s 33 games are tied with Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, trailing only Louisville’s Lamar Jackson at 31 games.

UP NEXT

• Carolina hosts Wofford on Senior Day next Saturday, Nov. 20 at noon on RSN.





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