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North Carolina 31, Virginia 28

(AP Photo/Mike Caudill)

By HANK KURZ Jr.
AP Sports Writer

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Drake Maye threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and No. 17 North Carolina outscored Virginia 21-7 after halftime to rally for a 31-28 victory.

Elijah Green scored twice and Josh Downs caught 15 passes, including a touchdown, for the Tar Heels (8-1, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 17 CFP), now 5-0 in league play for the first time since 2015, when they qualified for their lone appearance in the ACC championship.

The Cavaliers (3-6, 1-5), playing without three starting wide receivers, lost for the fifth time in six games and need to win their final three games to qualify for a bowl game.

Virginia started fast, getting a touchdown on its opening drive for the first time this season and led 14-10 at halftime. But Maye led the Tar Heels downfield in just 2:55 to start the third quarter, Green finishing the drive with a 4-yard run. Virginia answered with a 75-yard touchdown drive of its own to retake the lead, but Maye found Downs from 19 yards before the quarter was over and hit Green with a 22-yard pass in the flat with 13:19 left.

Brennan Armstrong pulled Virginia within a field goal with his second scoring run with 3:24 left on a drive that covered 71 yards in just 59 seconds, but Virginia was offsides on the ensuing onside kick, giving UNC the ball at the Cavaliers 23. One more completion to a diving Downs converting a third-and-2 allowed the Tar Heels to run out the clock.

Maye finished 26 for 37 for 293 yards and ran for 74 yards. Downs' catches went for 166 yards, giving him 23 catches for 369 yards and three TDs in the last two years against Virginia.

Xavier Brown and Ronnie Walker ran for Virginia scores.

THE TAKEAWAY

North Carolina: Maye has frustrated teams with his prolific passing, but especially frustrated ACC tackles leader Nick Jackson on a second- quarter scramble from the Virginia 5. Rolling right and looking for a receiver, Maye instead found Jackson closing in and reversed course and scrambled all the way accross the field for the touchdown.

Virginia: The Cavaliers tried a surprise punt on a fourth-and-5 play from the Tar Heels' 32 in the second quarter, but while Armstrong appeared to be trying to kick it out of bounds, it bounced into the end zone for a touchback and a net gain of just 12 yards. North Carolina then drove 80 yards in 13 plays to take a 10-7 lead.

November 5, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UNCUVa
UVa TD 10:48 Brennan Armstrong 4 yard TD run (Will Bettridge Extra Point) 0 7
UNC FG 6:32 Noah Burnette 35 yard field goal 3 7
Second Quarter UNCUVa
UNC TD 6:47 Drake Maye 5 yard TD run (Noah Burnette Extra Point) 10 7
UVa TD 2:04 Xavier Brown 3 yard TD run (Will Bettridge Extra Point) 10 14
Third Quarter UNCUVa
UNC TD 12:05 Elijah Green 4 yard TD run (Noah Burnette Extra Point) 17 14
UVa TD 7:49 Ronnie Walker Jr. 1 yard TD run (Will Bettridge Extra Point) 17 21
UNC TD 4:13 Josh Downs 19 yard TD pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette Extra Point) 24 21
Fourth Quarter UNCUVa
UNC TD 13:19 Elijah Green 22 yard TD pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette Extra Point) 31 21
UVa TD 3:24 Brennan Armstrong 8 yard TD run (Will Bettridge Extra Point) 31 28
Team Stats
  North Carolina Virginia
First downs 30 25
  Rushing 10 11
  Passing 16 13
  Penalty 4 1
3rd Down Efficiency 7-14, 50% 7-13, 54%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 40-162 39-186
Passing Yards 293 232
Return Yards 106 48
Completions-Attempts-Int 26-37-0 17-35-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 4-21 1-7
Punts 3 5
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 5-45 8-47
North Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Maye 26 37 293 2 0
Virginia Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Armstrong 17 35 232 0 1
North Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
E. Green 22 91 4.1 1
D. Maye 16 74 4.6 1
Virginia Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Hollins 16 75 4.7 0
B. Armstrong 12 64 5.3 2
R. Walker Jr. 6 30 5.0 1
X. Brown 5 17 3.4 1
North Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Downs 15 166 11.1 1
A. Green 3 33 11.0 0
K. Morales 2 23 11.5 0
E. Green 1 22 22.0 1
J. Jones 2 21 10.5 0
D. Jones 1 14 14.0 0
G. Blackwell 1 9 9.0 0
K. Paysour 1 5 5.0 0
Virginia Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Wood Jr. 6 94 15.7 0
S. Wilson 5 61 12.2 0
D. Starling 1 40 40.0 0
B. Kemp IV 2 17 8.5 0
E. Davies 1 7 7.0 0
X. Brown 1 7 7.0 0
G. Misch 1 6 6.0 0
North Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
S. Duck 1 0
Virginia Interceptions
Player Int Yards
North Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Kiernan 3 165 55.0
Virginia Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
D. Sparks 4 187 46.8
B. Armstrong 1 32 32.0
North Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Downs 2 57 28.5
Virginia Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
North Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
A. Green 1 20 20.0
G. Pettaway 1 29 29.0
Virginia Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Starling 2 48 24.0
North Carolina Missed FG
Player Length
Virginia Missed FG
Player Length




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