CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Tim Scott’s interception in the end zone with 14 seconds left preserved No. 21 North Carolina’s 31-27 victory over San Diego State on Saturday night.
Marquise Williams threw two second-half touchdown passes and freshman Elijah Hood rushed 2 yards for the go-ahead score with 8:01 left for the Tar Heels (2-0).
They trailed by 14 points with less than 5 minutes left in the third quarter before scoring on four straight possessions to take a four-point lead, then made a late defensive stand to earn their first 2-0 start under third-year coach Larry Fedora.
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Quinn Kaehler threw for a career-high 341 yards with a touchdown, then led the Aztecs (1-1) to a first-and-goal from the North Carolina 3 in the final minute.
He threw a quick pass in the end zone to Lloyd Mills, but Scott jumped in front of it for the game-sealing interception.