GAMEDAY College Football

North Carolina 42, Pittsburgh 24

(AP Photo/Chris Seward)

By BRENNAN DOHERTY
Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Drake Maye threw for five touchdowns and Antoine Green had a career night with 180 yards receiving as No. 21 North Carolina overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half to defeat Pittsburgh 42-24.

UNC (7-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) is 4-0 in league play for the first time since going 8-0 in 2015. Green, a fifth-year senior, hauled in a pair of touchdowns and set career highs in yards receiving and receptions (10).

The loss was Pitt's second straight, and the Panthers (4-4, 1-3 ACC) are 1-3 in their last four games after starting 3-1.

UNC went down 24-14 early in the third quarter on the third touchdown of the night by Pitt running back Israel Abanikanda before scoring 28 unanswered points.

The Tar Heels took their first lead on a 2-yard run by Elijah Green less than a minute into the fourth. On the ensuing Pitt drive, Abanikanda lost a fumble at midfield and the Tar Heels capitalized with a 25-yard touchdown reception by Josh Downs a few plays later to take a two-score lead they didn't relinquish.

Pitt wideout Jared Wayne had a career-best 161 yards receiving as the Panthers relied on big pass plays to power their strong start. But after going up by 10 on its first drive of the second half, Pitt gained only 60 yards on its final four possessions.

THE TAKEAWAY

Pitt: The Panthers' game plan looked like a winning formula for the first half and early on in the third quarter before falling apart. Quarterback Kedon Slovis nearly matched his passing total from last week's loss at Louisville in the first half alone with 157 yards passing. But those big plays were nowhere to be found for much of the second half. On the other side of the ball, Pitt's defense wore down against Maye and the Tar Heels.

North Carolina: Maye's stat line (34 completions and 388 yards passing) was once again efficient, and the wideout duo of Greene and Downs showed that teams have to account for multiple weapons in UNC's passing game.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter PittUNC
Pitt TD 11:30 Israel Abanikanda 6 yd run (Ben Sauls kick) 7 0
UNC TD 4:46 Antoine Green 16 yd pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette kick) 7 7
Second Quarter PittUNC
Pitt TD 13:20 Israel Abanikanda 4 yd run (Ben Sauls kick) 14 7
Pitt FG 5:14 Ben Sauls 47 yd FG 17 7
UNC TD 3:33 Kobe Paysour 1 yd pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette kick) 17 14
Third Quarter PittUNC
Pitt TD 10:07 Israel Abanikanda 22 yd run (Ben Sauls kick) 24 14
UNC TD 6:05 Josh Downs 13 yd pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette kick) 24 21
Fourth Quarter PittUNC
UNC TD 14:07 Elijah Green 2 yd run (Noah Burnette kick) 24 28
UNC TD 10:46 Josh Downs 25 yd pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette kick) 24 35
UNC TD 9:07 Antoine Green 13 yd pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette kick) 24 42
Team Stats
  Pittsburgh North Carolina
First downs 14 26
  Rushing 8 6
  Passing 6 18
  Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Efficiency 6-15, 40% 4-11, 36%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 2-3, 67%
Rushes-Yards 30-131 30-86
Passing Yards 236 388
Return Yards 48 37
Completions-Attempts-Int 14-31-0 34-45-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--10 2--11
Punts 6 4
Punts-Average 40.3 46
Fumbles Lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties - Yards 5-48 6-52
Time of Possession 28:32 31:28
Pittsburgh Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Slovis 14 31 236 0 0
North Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Maye 34 44 388 5 0
J. Criswell 0 1 0 0 0
Pittsburgh Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
I. Abanikanda 26 127 4.9 3
R. Hammond Jr. 3 14 4.7 0
K. Slovis 1 -10 -10.0 0
North Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Maye 14 61 4.4 0
E. Green 8 18 2.3 1
O. Hampton 4 13 3.3 0
C. Hood 1 -3 -3.0 0
Pittsburgh Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Wayne 7 161 23.0 0
B. Means 3 53 17.7 0
K. Mumpfield 4 22 5.5 0
North Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Green 10 180 18.0 2
J. Downs 11 102 9.3 2
K. Morales 2 30 15.0 0
G. Blackwell 1 18 18.0 0
O. Hampton 1 15 15.0 0
E. Green 3 14 4.7 0
J. Copenhaver 3 13 4.3 0
J. Jones 1 12 12.0 0
C. Hood 1 3 3.0 0
K. Paysour 1 1 1.0 1
Pittsburgh Interceptions
Player Int Yards
North Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Pittsburgh Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Guess 5 196 39.2
C. Junko 1 46 46.0
North Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Kiernan 4 184 46.0
Pittsburgh Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Devonshire 3 13 4.3
North Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Downs 1 23 23.0
Pittsburgh Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Hammond Jr. 2 35 17.5
North Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
E. Green 1 14 14.0
Pittsburgh Missed FG
Player Length
North Carolina Missed FG
Player Length




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