1:35 PM ET, September 4, 2004
Kenan Stadium, CHAPEL HILL, NC
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.
|3rd Down Conversions||5-16||10-12|
|4th Down Conversions||2-2||0-0|
|TD||12:29||JOSH LUSTIG 46 YD PASS FROM LANG CAMPBELL (GREG KUEHN KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 62 yards.
|TD||6:46||JACQUE LEWIS 12 YD RUN (CONNOR BARTH KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 33 yards.
|TD||0:50||LANG CAMPBELL 5 YD RUN (GREG KUEHN KICK)|
Drive info: 12 plays, 73 yards.
|TD||13:07||CHAD SCOTT 8 YD RUN (CONNOR BARTH KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 89 yards.
|TD||7:35||LANG CAMPBELL 1 YD RUN (GREG KUEHN KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 4 yards.
|FG||0:00||GREG KUEHN 21 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, -2 yards.
|TD||11:49||ADARIUS BOWMAN 19 YD PASS FROM DARIAN DURANT (CONNOR BARTH KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 17 yards.
|TD||7:27||JON SMITH 2 YD RUN (GREG KUEHN KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||1:50||DERRELE MITCHELL 29 YD PASS FROM DARIAN DURANT (CONNOR BARTH KICK)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 95 yards.
|TD||13:32||RONNIE MCGILL 4 YD RUN (CONNOR BARTH KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 71 yards.
|TD||11:05||RONNIE MCGILL 10 YD RUN (CONNOR BARTH KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 65 yards.
|TD||6:57||RONNIE MCGILL 7 YD RUN (CONNOR BARTH KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 53 yards.
|TD||0:00||DOMINIQUE THOMPSON 6 YD PASS FROM LANG CAMPBELL (GREG KUEHN KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 88 yards.