No. 6 North Carolina beats No. 11 OR 78-74 in Bahamas

No. 6 North Carolina beats No. 11 OR 78-74 in Bahamas

UNC took a 6-3 lead when a pair of second-quarter drives stalled near the goal line.

"I thought our guys played with a lot of heart in the first half, " Doeren said. "And we'd lost to State four of the last five and we got over that hump". This was the first game this season that Anthony has not scored in double figures.

Letting Howell throw usually means success, as the true freshman has 32 touchdowns with only six interceptions, breaking Mitchell Trubisky's school record of 30 touchdowns last Saturday.

With Duke's chances of making a bowl at 5-7 thanks to its graduation rate wiped out earlier Saturday when enough teams elsewhere got to 6-6, only the Tar Heels will be going to a bowl game this season, probably not a great one (although with the ACC's convoluted selection process, nearly anything is possible) but still worth it, not only for all the extra practices but the positive momentum. The Wolfpack had been eliminated from bowl contention with last week's loss to Georgia Tech but had come out intent on playing the spoiler.

North Carolina's 41-10 win was largely free of shenanigans, even cordial at the finish, with Sam Howell throwing for a career-high 401 yards 11 years after another star freshman QB - Russell Wilson - led the Wolfpack to an upset by the same score.

And then the bottom fell out for the home team.

"I think we tried too hard in the first half", Mack Brown.

"It's really rewarding for me and the coaches because those seniors are so happy", Brown said. "It got out of hand real fast". Late in the period, Trey Morrison's interception set up a 52-yard touchdown pass from Howell to Dyami Brown. N.C. State turned the ball over three times in the third quarter, which led to 21 UNC points.

Down 10 with 5:12 left in the game, the Ducks went on a 9-0 run to bring it within one point with 1:29 remaining. "So I was really proud that number one, we forced turnovers with our defense, which we haven't done a lot during the season".

It wasn't a turnover, but Carolina's defense stopped N.C. State on fourth down at the UNC 13.

UNC's ground game struggled in the first half (18 rushes, 24 yards) but Williams was able to get in gear in the third quarter. At halftime, he had only had four carries for 7 yard.

Both sides were sloppy with pre-snap penalties and other procedural mistakes.

UNC: Hosts No. 10 Ohio State on Wednesday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. A native of Evanston, Ill., he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and has won multiple national and state awards for his columns and feature writing while twice being named North Carolina Sportswriter of the Year.



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