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BC Falls at North Carolina, 34-10

Senior RB Andre Williams carried 26 times for 172 yards and one touchdown -- a 56-yard rush in the first quarter -- at North Carolina.

Senior RB Andre Williams carried 26 times for 172 yards and one touchdown -- a 56-yard rush in the first quarter -- at North Carolina.

Oct. 26, 2013

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Senior running back Andre Williams rushed 26 times for 172 yards and one touchdown and senior middle linebacker Steele Divitto registered a game-high 10 tackles to lead the visiting Eagles, but North Carolina scored 28 straight points to capture a 34-10 ACC home win before 43,000 fans at Kenan Stadium.

UNC quarterback Bryn Renner threw for two touchdowns and North Carolina snapped a four-game losing streak by the Eagles. Renner finished 18 of 21 for 227 yards with a 13-yard touchdown to Ryan Switzer and a 10-yarder to Bug Howard for the Tar Heels (2-5, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Howard also caught a backbreaking 17-yard touchdown pass from change-of-pace quarterback Marquise Williams late in the third quarter. Williams and A.J. Blue had short scoring runs for the Tar Heels.

Williams, the ACC's leading rusher, ran for 172 yards in his fifth 100-yard performance of the season and had a 56-yard touchdown run.  He eclipsed the 1,000-yard plateau in the contest and vaulted himself into the school's top 10 for career rushing yards.

But facing a defense that allows an ACC-worst 456 yards per game, the Eagles (3-4, 1-3) managed just 261 total yards and converted just 5 of 16 third downs. Until the final five meaningless minutes, they took only five snaps in North Carolina territory.

Chase Rettig was 10 of 20 for 57 yards and was sacked four times for BC.

The Eagles lost their sixth straight ACC road game, have yet to beat North Carolina since joining the ACC in 2005 and fall to 0-4 in Chapel Hill.

For the Tar Heels, it only felt like that long since their last win here - or anywhere, for that matter.

A rough stretch - including consecutive games against nationally ranked Coastal Division rivals Miami and Virginia Tech - left them with the worst record in the ACC.

But this game started a stretch of navigable games: The second half of the schedule includes a game against FCS member Old Dominion and five league opponents who entered the weekend a combined 17-15.

North Carolina's defense, which entered last in the league in all four major stat categories, kept the Eagles in check for much of this one.

The only real mistake came on the BC tailback's long touchdown run, in which Williams was barely touched on his way up the middle and down the right side.

Blue put the Tar Heels back up on the fifth play of the second when he burrowed in off left tackle. Renner then extended North Carolina's lead to 20-7 with his scoring pass to Howard with 52 seconds left in the half.

Howard's second score came with 19 seconds left in the third and after the Tar Heels moved into the red zone on two Renner-to-Eric Ebron completions. Cornerback Bryce Jones slipped near the back line, leaving Howard wide open for the easy strike from UNC's Williams to stretch the lead to 27-7.

Marquise Williams' 4-yard TD run midway through the fourth then pushed it to 34-7.

Switzer, a freshman who had two touchdowns called back due to penalties earlier this season, finally got his first scoring catch on North Carolina's first drive to put the Tar Heels up 6-0. That came after Williams fumbled at the BC 35 on the Eagles' second offensive play.

Nate Freese kicked a 38-yard field goal with 2:04 left for BC.

Team Notes

  • Boston College's fumble recovered by North Carolina on the opening drive marked just fifth fumble of the season and just the third time BC has lost a fumble this season. BC entered the game having turned the ball over just six times in six games.
  • Boston College fell to 5-2 in the all-time series against the Tar Heels, including an 0-4 record in Chapel Hill, N.C.  The Eagles fall to 0-4 against North Carolina since joining the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2005.
  • Offensively, the Eagles surpassed 200 yards rushing (202) for the third time in four games.  Its 202 yards on the ground marked the second-highest total through seven games this season.  BC rushed 41 times for a season-high 320 yards against Army (Oct. 5).
  • Boston College registered a season-high four sacks in the contest, matching its four-sack output against both Villanova in the season opener (Aug. 31) and against Florida State (Sept. 28).
  • Boston College's fumble recovered by North Carolina on the opening drive marked just fifth fumble of the season and just the third time BC has lost a fumble this season.  BC entered the game having turned the ball over just six times in six games.

Individual Notes

Offense

  • Senior place-kicker Nate Freese connected from 38 yards in the fourth quarter, marking his seventh successful field goal in as many attempts and of the season.
  • RB Andre Williams recorded his fifth 100-plus yard rushing performance of the (seven-game) season and the 10th of his 38-game career.
  • Williams surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career and became the first BC running back to surpass 1,000 yards in a season since 2010 (Montel Harris, 1,243).
  • Williams' 56-yard touchdown rush marked a season-long for the Eagles and for a season-best Williams.  The run surpassed Myles Willis' 38-yard rush at Clemson (Oct. 12) and surpassed Williams' 37-yard run against Army (Oct. 5).
  • Williams entered the game with 2,400 career rushing yards and concluded the contest have surpassed former Eagles Omari Walker (2,471; 1994-97) and Keith Barnette (2,500; 1973-75) for ninth place on the school's all-time list.
  • Junior QB Josh Bordner's appearance in the fourth quarter marked his first of the season.

Defense

  • Senior middle linebacker Steele Divitto recorded a game-high 10 tackles, marking his second 10+-tackle effort in three games and his third of the season.
  • Senior DL Kaleb Ramsey's second-quarter sack marked his second of the season and now has 6.5 sacks in his career.  Ramsey concluded the contest with a season-high two tackles for loss and now has four TFLs in 2013.
  • Junior Jaryd Rudolph recorded a season-and-career-high six tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss of two yards.
  • Senior defensive lineman Kasim Edebali recorded one sack in the game and now has a team-and-career high 5.5 sacks on the season.
  • Senior linebacker and team leading tackler Kevin Pierre-Louis' third-quarter sack of Bryn Renner marked his second of the season.
  • Freshman linebacker Marquis Little recorded one tackle - a sack for a loss of 17 yards - in his collegiate debut against the Tar Heels.
  • Senior defensive lineman Kasim Edebali recorded one sack in the game and now has a team-and-career high 5.5 sacks on the season.
  • Senior linebacker and team leading tackler Kevin Pierre-Louis' third-quarter sack of Bryn Renner marked his second of the season.

Attendance: 43,000
Weather: 56 degrees, sunny winds out of the SSW at eight miles per hour
Coin Toss: North Carolina won the toss and deferred to the second half
Game Captains: Senior RB Andre Williams joined co-captains Kasim Edebali and Ian White for the coin toss

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