GAMEDAY College Football

North Carolina 48, North Carolina State 21

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Javonte Williams ran for 160 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 14 North Carolina beat No. 23 North Carolina State 48-21 in Saturday's renewal of the longtime state rivalry.

Michael Carter ran for 106 yards and a score of his own for the Tar Heels (4-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who used a run-through-and-over-tacklers ground game that helped them take control in the third quarter.

"I said it earlier in the year and they reinforce it every week: I think they're probably the best combination of two backs in the country," UNC coach Mack Brown said, adding: "When we get them going, the rest of it works."

UNC ran for 326 yards and finished with 578 overall, bouncing back from an upset loss at Florida State to beat the Wolfpack (4-2, 4-2) by a lopsided margin for the second straight season.

Williams had three touchdowns in last year's 41-10 win, then had a pair of short TD runs as UNC ran off 21 straight points after leading just 17-7 at halftime. He punctuated another big rivalry performance by blowing through a huge hole up front, then cutting past multiple defenders to the pylon for a 27-yard score that made it 45-14 with 14:11 left.

Sam Howell threw for 252 yards and a TD for the Tar Heels, while Dyami Brown had 105 yards on a career-best seven catches.

The Wolfpack had little go right offensively in the first game without injured starting quarterback Devin Leary. Bailey Hockman started but was pulled after three series for true freshman Ben Finley, only to see the Wolfpack go back to Hockman in the third after Finley threw two interceptions - one off a bobbled pass by Dylan Parham in the end zone that should've been a first-half touchdown -- and lost a fumble on a sack.

Finley threw for 143 yards and a 42-yard score to Emeka Emezie, while Hockman scored on a short keeper and threw for a TD after returning with the Tar Heels up big. But N.C. State managed just 34 yards rushing and had four turnovers.

"We just didn't play good enough to win, didn't give ourselves a chance with the turnovers," Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said. "Like I told them in the locker room, if you don't stop the run and you turn the football over, it's a really hard day. And that's what happened today."

This was the first meeting with both teams ranked in the AP Top 25 since 1993.


Associated Press

October 24, 2020