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
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
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
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
Chase Rettig was 10 of 20 for 57 yards and was sacked four times
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
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
Nate Freese kicked a 38-yard field goal with 2:04 left for
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