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Virginia Postgame Notes

Postgame Notes • Nov. 9, 2013
Carolina 45, Virginia 14


• Carolina is now 60-53-4 all-time against Virginia, including wins in each of the last four contests. The four-game winning streak is UNC's longest in the series since the Tar Heels won nine in a row from 1974-1982. This is the first time UNC has won consecutive home games against the Cavaliers since 1995 and 1997.

• The 45 points are the most by the Tar Heels against Virginia since a 48-20 win in 1997.

• Carolina has averaged 38.5 points per game in its current four-game winning streak over Virginia (44 in 2010, 28 in 2011, 37 in 2012 and 45 in 2013). In the four-game losing streak that preceded it, the Tar Heels averaged 9.0 ppg (0 in 2006, 20 in 2007, 13 in 2008 and 3 in 2009).

• Carolina has scored 154 points in its last four games against Virginia, the most by UNC in any four-game span against the Cavaliers since scoring 185 from 1934 to 1937.

• The 31-point margin of victory is Carolina's largest against an ACC opponent since a 44-10 win over Virginia in 2010.

• Carolina gained 415 yards Saturday, marking the 17th time in 21 games that the Tar Heels have gained at least 400 yards of total offense under head coach Larry Fedora.

• Carolina was 5 for 5 on third down in the first quarter despite facing an average of 9.2 yards to gain. The Tar Heels averaged 14.8 yards per play on third down in the quarter.

• The Tar Heels rushed for a season-high 201 yards, despite the fact that no individual gained more than 48. Sophomore tailback Romar Morris led UNC with 48 yards on four carries (one was a 41-yard gain). Quarterback Marquise Williams had 46, freshman tailback T.J. Logan gained 42 and freshman tailback Khris Francis had 35.

• QB Marquise Williams passed, ran and caught touchdowns today. He completed 15 of 28 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns in his second career start. He also rushed 16 times for 46 yards and a score and caught a 29-yard touchdown pass. He is the first Carolina quarterback to catch a touchdown pass since Kevin Anthony in 1984.

• WR Quinshad Davis was responsible for a pair of touchdowns Saturday, scoring on an 8-yard pass from Williams in the first quarter and throwing a 29-yard pass to Williams later in the quarter. He now has eight touchdown catches and two touchdown passes this season.

• Davis had five receptions today and has 98 catches in his first two seasons. Only two other Tar Heels caught more passes as a freshman and sophomore than Davis - Hakeem Hicks (113) and Jarworski Pollock (102).

• Tight end Eric Ebron made a season-low two catches, but those catches established the UNC career record for catches by a tight end with 96. He came into today's game tied with Zack Pianalto, who caught 94 from 2007-10.

• WR Ryan Switzer returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. The 85-yard return equals the fourth-longest punt return for a touchdown in UNC history. It was the first career touchdown return for Switzer, who has also thrown for a touchdown and scored via reception in 2013.

• TB Khris Francis scored his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter, a 15-yard catch-and-run from Williams. Francis also rushed six times for 35 yards.

• S Dominique Green scored his first career touchdown on a 68-yard interception return in the third quarter. It was Carolina's first defensive touchdown of the year and the Tar Heels' first interception return for a touchdown since safety Tre Boston at Virginia in 2012.

• Boston grabbed his team-leading fourth interception of the year in the fourth quarter. Boston has 12 career interceptions, tied for third in school history.

• LB Jeff Schoettmer had a team-high eight tackles (five solo), a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.

• Bandit Norkeithus Otis had two quarterback sacks and another tackle for a loss.

• Bandit Shakeel Rashad played for the first time this season and had a sack in the third quarter. Rashad was injured on the first day of fall training camp and was expected to miss the season.

• Carolina's defense had three sacks, two additional tackles for losses, seven quarterback hurries, seven pass breakups and two interceptions.

• Virginia's fourth quarter touchdown pass was the first against UNCs defense in four games. The last team to throw for a score against the Tar Heels was Virginia Tech on October 5th.

• Carolina's defense has now allowed six offensive touchdowns in the last 16 quarters.

• Virginia began 15 of 16 offensive possessions on its side of the 50-yard line. The only time UVa began a drive on UNC's side of midfield came with 3:29 to play in the third quarter after an interception. However, UNC followed with an interception of its own two plays later.

• Over the last three games, all wins, the opponents have started 41 of 45 drives on its side of midfield.

• Tailback Charles Brunson, cornerback Josh Broach, quarterback Kanler Coker, bandit Shakeel Rashad, punter Joey Mangili and wide receivers Dalton Stogner and Luke Heavner played for the first time this year.