North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yats has seven touchdown passes and eight interceptions this season. (Scott Halleran -- Getty Images)
CHAPEL HILL — As if it wasn't enough last Thursday -- throwing for only 64 yards, tossing and interception and losing an 18-point lead in a loss to Florida State -- North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates actually had a fan throw something at him as he left the field. Either or pin or a coin pinged off his helmet, he said Monday. But he's trying not to let the criticism get to him, he said.
"Walking off the field, people are yelling at you and everything, so it's kind of hard not to hear it,'' he said. "It's hard not to hear about all that stuff; I try to do my best to just try to block it out because it doesn't really matter."
The junior is 108 for 183 with eight interceptions and seven touchdowns this season. The Tar Heels must win three of their last five games to qualify for a bowl; they play at Virginia Tech on Thursday night.
BRIEFLY: Tight end Zack Pianalto, who sustained a concussion against the Seminoles, practiced Sunday, coach Butch Davis said.