Scores

Final

North Carolina 24

(1-1, 0-1 ACC)

Virginia 56

(2-0, 1-0 ACC)

3:30 PM ET, September 11, 2004

Scott Stadium, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

1 2 3 4 T
UNC 0 10 0 1424
UVA 14 21 14 756

Weeks returns kickoff 100 yards to highlight rout

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- It hardly mattered which Virginia running back was carrying the ball. They all found room to run against North Carolina.

Tailbacks Wali Lundy, Alvin Pearman and Michael Johnson and fullback Jason Snelling combined for seven rushing touchdowns Saturday and the Cavaliers (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today; No. 25 AP) beat the Tar Heels 56-24.

Snelling carried eight times for 80 yards and one touchdown and Lundy 11 times for 78 yards and three scores as the Cavaliers' offensive line manhandled the Tar Heels' defensive front.

"We have a saying around here: All running backs look the same when there are no holes," Virginia coach Al Groh said.

Virginia (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) put together scoring drives of 77, 68, 97, 79, 90 and 47 yards and finished with 549 total yards, 299 on the ground.

"The holes have been big, man," Lundy said. "All those guys up front, they're really playing their hearts out."

The Cavaliers showed their intent to beat North Carolina (1-1, 0-1) in the trenches early, running for a first down on third-and-5 on their second possession and going for it on fourth-and-1 from their own 30 in the second quarter when they were up 28-10. Pearman ran for 7 yards, then scored from 5 yards out six plays later.

"For coach to believe in us like that shows what he's all about," Virginia guard Elton Brown said. "And us converting it, that says a lot too."

It says a lot about North Carolina's porous defense, too.

"They have a fine offensive line, but I'm disappointed in the way we played defense," North Carolina coach John Bunting said. "They had three base runs they ran against us. We couldn't stop any of them."

Virginia's kickoff return team also had a big day. Marquis Weeks, whose school record-tying 100-yard kickoff return sparked Virginia to a 37-27 come-from behind win against the Tar Heels two years ago, repeated the feat Saturday.

"Probably 90 percent of it was blocking," he said. "I saw a lot of people getting laid out on the cutbacks."

Weeks' return came after Darian Durant connected with Derrelle Mitchell on a 7-yard touchdown pass to cut Virginia's lead to 21-7. He started up the middle, cut left and picked up a wall of blockers to just inside the left pylon.

"That was just instinct," he said of the cutback.

Pearman nearly matched Weeks' return with a 93-yard runback in the fourth quarter. He was tripped up by Hilee Taylor at the 1, and he scored from there on the next play.

Groh said he told assistants calling plays from the press box, "I don't care if he has to crawl in, give Alvin the ball."

The 238 yards in kickoff returns allowed by North Carolina were the most in school history. The previous high was 209 yards, also by Virginia in 1936.

"I expect we will take a very long, extensive, scrutinizing look at the guys who are covering kickoffs," Bunting said.

The Tar Heels moved inside the Virginia 10 on two other occasions in the first half but managed only a 22-yard field goal by Connor Barth. The other possession ended at the Virginia 3 when defensive end Chris Canty stuffed Ronnie McGill for a 1-yard loss on fourth down.

"The fourth-down stop down there the first time was particularly imprint," Groh said. "When you can do that early, that's a confidence booster."

North Carolina scored a pair of second-half touchdowns after the game was out of reach. Chad Scott caught a 52-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Matt Baker, then scored on a 1-yard run set up by a 46-yard pass from Baker to Daunte Fields.

Virginia even worked in a trick play, a 32-yard flanker pass from Emmanuel Byers to a sliding Michael McGrew on Virginia's 97-yard touchdown drive. After a 25-yard run by Snelling, Lundy scored standing up from the 8, one of his three first-half touchdowns.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNC
UVA
1st Downs1927
Total Yards434549
Passing299250
Rushing135299
Penalties4-444-40
3rd Down Conversions4-115-9
4th Down Conversions1-22-2
Turnovers20
Possession30:3329:27

Passing Leaders

North CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Baker8/917119.010-
Durant11/151288.511-
VirginiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Olsen2/294.500-
Byers1/13232.000-

Rushing Leaders

North CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
McGill18573.2028
Scott4317.8116
VirginiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Snelling88010.0125
Lundy11736.6316

Receiving Leaders

North CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bowman36722.3052
Fields36622.0046
VirginiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
McGrew45213.0032
Williams25728.5047

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNCUVA
TD11:38WALI LUNDY 1 YD RUN (CONNOR HUGHES KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 77 yards.
07
TD6:40WALI LUNDY 4 YD RUN (CONNOR HUGHES KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 68 yards.
014
SECOND QUARTERUNCUVA
TD13:19WALI LUNDY 8 YD RUN (CONNOR HUGHES KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 97 yards.
021
TD8:22DERRELE MITCHELL 7 YD PASS FROM DARIAN DURANT (CONNOR BARTH KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 81 yards.
721
TD8:06MARQUIS WEEKS 100 YD KICK RETURN (CONNOR HUGHES KICK)728
FG4:32CONNOR BARTH 22 YD FG
Drive info: 7 plays, 54 yards.
1028
TD0:33ALVIN PEARMAN 5 YD RUN (CONNOR HUGHES KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 79 yards.
1035
THIRD QUARTERUNCUVA
TD8:28JASON SNELLING 5 YD RUN (CONNOR HUGHES KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 90 yards.
1042
TD4:34MICHAEL JOHNSON 16 YD RUN (CONNOR HUGHES KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 47 yards.
1049
FOURTH QUARTERUNCUVA
TD12:16CHAD SCOTT 52 YD PASS FROM MATT BAKER (MISSED KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 71 yards.
1649
TD11:53ALVIN PEARMAN 1 YD RUN (CONNOR HUGHES KICK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 1 yards.
1656
TD10:15CHAD SCOTT 1 YD RUN (WALLACE WRIGHT 2PT PASS FROM MATT BAKER)
Drive info: 4 plays, 73 yards.
2456