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November 2, 2013

UNC-NCSU Postgame Notes

Take a look at a collection of postgame notes as North Carolina takes down N.C. State Saturday afternoon 27-19 in Raleigh's Carter-Finley Stadium.


---Carolina is now 3-5 overall this season and 2-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Tar Heels have won two straight for the first time this season.

---The Tar Heels lead the series with N.C. State, 65-32-6, with wins in two straight games.

---This is Carolina's first win at Carter-Finley Stadium since a 31-24 victory in 2005. The Tar Heels are now 28-14-4 in Raleigh all-time.

---Larry Fedora is one of four UNC head coaches to win his first two games against N.C. State---The others are Raymond 'Bear' Wolf, George Barclay, and Carl Torbush.

---Carolina trailed 10-0 just 7:48 into the first quarter, and then out-scored the Wolfpack, 27-9 for the rest of the game (52 minutes and 12 seconds). The Tar Heel defense did not allow a touchdown over the final 57:47 of the game. State's only touchdown came on a 24-yard drive after an opening possession turnover by the Tar Heels (a Bryn Renner interception).

---Today marked just the third time in the last 22 games played between UNC and N.C. State that the winning team was out-gained running the football. State out-gained the Tar Heels on the ground, 212-152. The only other years in that span in which the winning team was out-gained on the ground were in 2004 and 2009.

---Carolina rushed for a season-high 152 yards today. Its previous high was 134 rushing yards against Middle Tennessee State.

---The Tar Heels compiled 427 yards total offense, led by 275 through the air. Three different players (Bryn Renner 124 yards, Marquise Williams 92 yards, and wide receiver Ryan Switzer 59 yards), combined to complete 24 of 38 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns for UNC.

---This is the sixteenth time in 20 games that the Tar Heels have gained at least 400 yards of offense under head coach Larry Fedora.

---Marquise Williams led UNC's ground attack with 51 yards on 17 carries. This is the third time in Carolina's last four games that Williams, a quarterback, has been the Tar Heels' leading ball carrier. Williams had 17 carries today---no other Tar Heel had more than five.

---Sophomore wide receiver Quinshad Davis caught two passes for 61 yards and two touchdowns against the Wolfpack. He caught a fade pass from Marquise Williams in the corner of the end zone in the first quarter to cut the Wolfpack lead to 10-7. He later caught a 59-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and has a team-high seven touchdown grabs so far this season. Last year, Davis had five TDs as a freshman.

---Davis already has caught 93 passes in his first two seasons at UNC. Only two other Tar Heels caught more passes as a freshman and sophomore---Hakeem Nicks (113 catches) and Jarworski Pollock (102 catches).

---Junior tight end Eric Ebron caught a career-high nine passes for 70 yards (his previous high was eight against Miami this year). He also broke his own single-season school record for receptions and receiving yardage by a UNC tight end. He now has 44 catches for 669 yards this season. Last season, he set school records with 40 catches for 625 yards. He is averaging 83.6 receiving yards per game.

---In the last three games against Miami, Boston College, and N.C. State, Ebron has 21 catches for 336 yards.

---Quarterback Bryn Renner scored on a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. It was his second rushing TD of the season, and the fourth of his UNC career.

---Renner completed 15 of 22 passes for 124 yards. He now has 8,221 career passing yards, good for 20th in ACC history. He moved past Georgia Tech's Reggie Ball (8,128 yards) today.

---Freshman wide receiver Ryan Switzer threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Quinshad Davis in the second quarter. It was Switzer's first career touchdown pass. He is the second wide receiver for UNC to throw a touchdown pass this season. The other was Davis to T.J. Thorpe against East Carolina. Four different Tar Heel players (Switzer, Thorpe, Williams, Renner) have now thrown scoring passes this year.

---Freshman tailback T.J. Logan scored his first career touchdown at UNC on a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter to give the Tar Heels a 27-19 lead. Logan had 43 yards on five carries, including four attempts for 30 yards in the fourth quarter. Logan averaged 8.6 yards per carry.

---Freshman wide receiver Johnathan Howard caught five passes for a season-high 72 yards, including an acrobatic 24-yard reception in the fourth quarter that helped lead to the game-clinching touchdown run by Logan.

---Tim Scott's third quarter interception was his second of the season, and seventh of his career.

---Freshman Brian Walker picked off his first pass of the season, and his North Carolina career, in the fourth quarter.

---Carolina picked off four passes in its first five games this season, and has six interceptions in the last three contests against Miami, Boston College, and NCSU.

---Carolina broke up eight passes Saturday, including three by safety Tre Boston, who also made 10 tackles.

---Linebacker Travis Hughes led the Tar Heels with 10 tackles.

---Defensive end Kareem Martin made eight tackles, including three tackles for loss of 11 yards---one of which was a seven-yard sack. He also forced a fumble.

---Jabari Price had 10 tackles, including one for a loss, broke up a pass and down two punts deep inside N.C. State territory.

---Punter Thomas Hibbard averaged 40.9 yards on eight punts, but dropped four of those eight kicks inside the N.C. State 20-yard line. He kicked a 43-yarder down to the NCSU 2-yard line, downed by Jabari Price, a 46-yarder downed at the Wolfpack 5-yard line by Price, a 39-yarder fair-caught by NCSU at its own 11, and a 31-yarder with 6:20 to play in the game that went out of bounds at the Wolfpack 9-yard line.

---N.C. State began 14 of its 16 offensive drives on its side of midfield, and one of those was on the UNC 49-yard line. The other was the Wolfpack's initial drive of the game, which began at the Tar Heel 24 following Renner's early interception.

---Over the last two UNC games, both victories, the Tar Heels' opponents have started 26 of 29 drives on their own side of the 50.

---True freshman Lucas Crowley saw his first career action for the Tar Heels, playing at center in the second quarter. He was in the game for Switzer's long touchdown pass to Davis. Crowley is the ninth true freshman to play this fall for the Tar Heels.





 

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