William & Mary 38

(0-1, 0-1 away)

North Carolina 49

(1-0, 1-0 home)

1:35 PM ET, September 4, 2004

Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC

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W&M 14 10 7 738
UNC 7 7 14 2149

Top Performers

Passing: D. Durant (UNC) - 234 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: R. McGill (UNC) - 13 CAR, 133 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: J. Lustig (W&M) - 6 REC, 112 YDS, 1 TD


CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Ronnie McGill helped take some of the pressure off coach John Bunting - at least for the time being.

McGill rushed for 100 yards and three touchdowns in the fourth quarter as North Carolina rallied for an unimpressive 49-38 victory over Division I-AA William & Mary in the season opener for both schools.

After guiding the Tar Heels to a victory in the Peach Bowl in 2001, Bunting's job security has come into question with North Carolina winning just five games the last two seasons.

It looked like the 2004 campaign would get off to a disastrous start after Jon Smith scored on a two-yard run midway through the third quarter, giving William & Mary a 31-21 lead.

But the Tar Heels were able to rally behind a punishing running game that amassed 341 yards.

McGill led the way with his four-yard run with 13:32 left in the contest, giving the Tar Heels a 35-31 lead. He added TD runs of 10 and seven yards later in the quarter, finishing with 133 yards on the ground.

Jacque Lewis added 123 yards rushing for the Tar Heels.

Quarterback Lang Campbell rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another score for William & Mary.