UNC snaps 4-game slide by beating BC, 34-10

Bryn Renner threw for two touchdowns and North Carolina snapped

a four-game losing streak by routing Boston College 34-10 on

Saturday.

Renner finished 18 of 21 for 227 yards with a 13-yard touchdown

to Ryan Switzer and a 10-yarder to Bug Howard for the Tar Heels

(2-5, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Howard also caught a backbreaking 17-yard touchdown pass from

change-of-pace quarterback Marquise Williams late in the third

quarter. Williams and A.J. Blue had short scoring runs for the Tar

Heels.

Andre Williams, the ACC’s leading rusher, ran for 172 yards in

his fifth 100-yard performance of the season and had a 56-yard

touchdown run.

But facing a defense that allows an ACC-worst 456 yards per

game, the Eagles (3-4, 1-3) managed just 261 total yards and

converted just 5 of 16 third downs. Until the final five

meaningless minutes, they took only five snaps in North Carolina

territory.

Chase Rettig was 10 of 20 for 57 yards and was sacked four times

for BC.

The Eagles lost their sixth straight ACC road game, have yet to

beat North Carolina since joining the ACC in 2005 and have never

won in Chapel Hill.

For the Tar Heels, it only felt like that long since their last

win here – or anywhere, for that matter.

A rough stretch – including consecutive games against nationally

ranked Coastal Division rivals Miami and Virginia Tech – left them

with the worst record in the ACC.

But this game started a stretch of navigable games: The second

half of the schedule includes a game against FCS member Old

Dominion and five league opponents who entered the weekend a

combined 17-15.

North Carolina’s maligned defense, which entered last in the

league in all four major stat categories, kept the Eagles in check

for much of this one.

The only real mistake came on the BC tailback’s long touchdown

run, in which Williams was barely touched on his way up the middle

and down the right side.

Blue put the Tar Heels back up on the fifth play of the second

when he burrowed in off left tackle. Renner then extended North

Carolina’s lead to 20-7 with his scoring pass to Howard with 52

seconds left in the half.

Howard’s second score came with 19 seconds left in the third and

after the Tar Heels moved into the red zone on two Renner-to-Eric

Ebron completions. Cornerback Bryce Jones slipped near the back

line, leaving Howard wide open for the easy strike from UNC’s

Williams to stretch the lead to 27-7.

Marquise Williams’ 4-yard TD run midway through the fourth then

pushed it to 34-7.

Switzer, a freshman who had two touchdowns called back due to

penalties earlier this season, finally got his first scoring catch

on North Carolina’s first drive to put the Tar Heels up 6-0. That

came after Williams fumbled at the BC 35 on the Eagles’ second

offensive play.

Nate Freese kicked a 38-yard field goal with 2:04 left for

BC.

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