- Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

SAN DIEGO STATE (1-0) at No. 21 NORTH CAROLINA (1-0), 8 p.m. ET (ESPNNEWS)

Line: North Carolina by 15

Series Record: North Carolina leads 1-0.


North Carolina is after its first 2-0 start under third-year coach Larry Fedora, while the Aztecs are looking for just their third victory in the Eastern time zone since moving to Division I in 1969.


North Carolina defense vs. San Diego State offense. The Tar Heels forced six turnovers, including three during the third-quarter spurt that turned a tight game against Liberty into a blowout, and will return four defensive players - including both starting cornerbacks - from suspension. They will help against a San Diego State offense that has a knack for putting up points. Behind second-year starting QB Quinn Kaehler, the Aztecs have scored a touchdown in 10 consecutive quarters dating to last year and have scored 87 points in their past two games.


North Carolina: WR Quinshad Davis has 112 catches, including three last week, and will look to find open seams against a San Diego State secondary that returns only one starter and has three sophomores and a freshman.

San Diego State: RB Donnell Pumphrey is coming off a 111-yard, two-touchdown performance against Northern Arizona and will look for another big day against a North Carolina defense that allowed Liberty to rush for 157 yards.


The teams’ only previous meeting came in the 1998 Las Vegas Bowl, won by North Carolina behind 93 yards rushing from QB Ronald Curry. … San Diego State is 7-61 against teams ranked in the AP Top 25. … The Aztecs are trying to start 2-0 for just the third time in the past 20 years.

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