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NCAA Game Summary - North Carolina at Pittsburgh



(Saturday, November 16)

Final Score: North Carolina 34, Pittsburgh 27

Pittsburgh, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Swizter returned two punt returns for scores to lift the North Carolina Tar Heels to a 34-27 victory over the Pittsburgh Panthers in an Atlantic Coast Conference battle at Heinz Field.

North Carolina (5-5, 4-3 ACC) was led offensively by Marquise Williams, who hit on 15-of-27 pass attempts for 173 yards. Williams also gained 79 yards on the ground along with two touchdowns on 15 carries. Eric Ebron led the Tar Heels with 73 yards and three receptions.

The Panthers (5-5, 2-4) failed to become bowl eligible despite a strong showing by Tom Savage, who finished 23-of-38 passing with 313 yards and two touchdowns in the losing effort. James Conner had 102 yards and a touchdown on 19 rushing attempts. Tyler Boyd led all receivers with 92 yards and five catches.

Chris Blewitt put the Panthers on the board as he converted a 28-yard field goal attempt just under five minutes after the opening kickoff.

North Carolina responded with four unanswered scores. Williams found the end zone on a 16-yard touchdown run in the final minute of the first stanza to put the Tar Heels up, 7-3. Thomas Moore then made a 26-yard field goal try with 11:02 left in the first half. Williams ran for another score, as he dashed 10 yards across the goal line. Switzer returned a punt 65 yards for the score with just over a minute left in the second frame to send UNC into the intermission with a 24-3 advantage.

The Tar Heels continued their run in the third quarter as Moore chipped in a 27-yard field goal attempt after their defensive unit set them up with a short field by recovering a fumble at the Panthers' 12-yard line.

The Panthers finally ended their drought as they responded with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Savage to Devin Street to cut the deficit to 27-10 at the 8:13 mark of the third period.

Pittsburgh continued to rally back in the fourth quarter as Savage hit Isaac Bennett on an 8-yard touchdown pass to bring the home team within ten points with 13:28 remaining. After the Panthers' defense recovered a fumble at the UNC 28-yard line, Blewitt then made it a one-possession game as he made a 42- yard field goal to make the score 27-20 with just under 10 minutes left to play.

The Panthers registered another takeaway as Malcolm Crockett jarred the ball loose on T Logan's ensuing kick return and Jason Hendricks recovered the fumble at the Tar Heels' 12-yard line. Pittsburgh then managed to tie the score with 8:52 showing on the clock as Conner punched it in from two yards out Pittsburgh scored 24 unanswered points.

North Carolina regained the lead as Switzer returned a punt 61 yards for a score with just under five minutes left in regulation.

The Panthers were unable to respond as their next drive ended when Conner was stopped behind the line on fourth-and-one.

North Carolina had seven sacks for 86 yards in the game. Pittsburgh lost despite out-gaining the Tar Heels, 359-322, in total yards of offense.

11/16 18:08:28 ET

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Local
Final
NCSU 24
GASO 23
Final
DUKE 52
ELON 13
 
Final
UNC 56
LBRTY 29
7:05pm Saturday
NOR 4
DUR 1
 
Final
ECU 52
NCCU 7
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
TOR 2
NYY 0
Final
CWS 6
DET 3
Final
STL 1
CHC 5
Final
PIT 3
CIN 2
Final
BAL 3
MIN 2
Final
TAM 7
BOS 0
Final
KAN 2
CLE 3
Final
CWS 4
DET 8
Final
ATL 0
MIA 4
Final
NYM 2
PHI 7
Final
HOU 2
TEX 0
Final
ARI 0
COL 2
Final
STL 13
CHC 2
Final
SDP 2
LOS 1
 
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
 
Final
ANA 2
OAK 0
 
Final
SEA 1
WAS 3
 
1:07pm Today
TOR
NYY
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
PHI
 
1:35pm Today
PIT
CIN
 
1:35pm Today
BAL
MIN
 
1:40pm Today
TAM
BOS
 
2:10pm Today
CWS
DET
 
2:10pm Today
HOU
TEX
 
2:15pm Today
STL
CHC
 
3:35pm Today
ANA
OAK
 
4:05pm Today
SFG
MIL
 
4:10pm Today
ARI
COL
 
4:10pm Today
SDP
LOS
 
4:10pm Today
SEA
WAS
 
5:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
8:07pm Tonight
KAN
CLE
 
Final
MICH 52
APPST 14
Final
NAVY 17
OSU 34
Final
UAB 48
TROY 10
Final
UVA 20
UCLA 28
Final
PURD 43
WMICH 34
Final
NCSU 24
GASO 23
Final
UMASS 7
BC 30
Final
NW 24
CAL 31
Final
NEB 55
FATL 7
Final
UMO 27
MARS 42
Final
ND 48
RICE 17
Final
MIZZ 38
SDST 18
Final
ALA 33
WVU 23
Final
AUB 45
ARK 21
Final
STAN 45
UCD 0
Final
UGA 45
CLEM 21
Final
UNC 56
LBRTY 29
Final
KSU 14
OHIO 17
Final
OKLA 48
LATU 16
Final
KST 55
SAUST 16
Final
USC 52
FRES 13
Final
MSST 49
SMISS 0
 
Final
OKST 31
FSU 37
 
Final
TEX 38
UNT 7
Final
NMU 24
UTEP 31
8:05pm Saturday
UF 0
IDAHO 0
4th
LSU 28
WISC 24
 
Half
OREG 41
SD 13
 
Half
HAW 10
WASH 17
 
7:00pm Tonight
TENN
UTST
7:30pm Tonight
BAY
SMU
Final
DUKE 52
ELON 13
 
Final
ECU 52
NCCU 7
 
7:05pm Saturday
NOR 4
DUR 1
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR