CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Ronnie McGill almost
singlehandedly helped North Carolina end its longest home losing
streak in school history.
McGill rushed for 244 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries
as the Tar Heels snapped a 10-game home slide with a 42-34
Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Wake Forest.
McGill became the first North Carolina running back to surpass
100 yards this season. The freshman scored on runs of
six, five and 34 yards, and his 66-yard scamper set up a field
goal in the third quarter.
North Carolina turned to McGill after Chad Scott suffered a neck
injury in the first quarter.
The Tar Heels (2-8, 1-5) recorded their first ACC win of the
season and won at Kenan Stadium for the first time since beating
Southern Methodist on December 1, 2001.
Darian Durant completed just 12-of-26 passes for 147 yards with
two touchdowns and an interception for the Tar Heels, who opened
a 35-13 lead on McGill's 34-yard TD burst with 2:40 left in the
Wake Forest (5-5, 3-4), was unable to build on last week's 45-17
win at Clemson, turning the ball over three times and
struggling with its kicking game. The Demon Deacons, who came
into the game with an ACC-low 12 turnovers, fumbled on a punt
and kickoff return and also had field goals and an extra point
Chris Barclay rushed for 160 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries
for Wake Forest, including 122 of the Demon Deacons' 303 yards
in the first half.
Wake Forest took a 13-7 lead on Cory Randolph's 52-yard TD pass
to Jason Anderson with 4:58 remaining in the second quarter. But
the Tar Heels got two points when Michael Waddell blocked the
extra point and Lionell Green returned it 91 yards.
North Carolina took the lead for good, 16-13, on McGill's
six-yard TD run with 1:52 left in the first half, then broke it
open with 19 unanswered points in the third period.