Blog: Williams, Tar Heels rout Virginia, 45-14
Posted November 9, 2013
Chapel Hill, N.C. — FINAL: UNC 45, Virginia 14: North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams ran for a touchdown, caught a touchdown and threw for two scores Saturday against Virginia as they rolled to a 45-14 win in Chapel Hill. UNC (4-5, 3-3 ACC) now sits two games from bowl eligibility with three to play.
10:11 4th; UNC 45, Virginia 14: UNC tacked on a field goal and it appears as if UNC will clear their benc the rest of the way. Kanler Coker is in at QB for the Heels.
11: 38 4th; UNC 42, Virginia 14: Virginia went 50 yards in four plays and found the endzone on a 23-yard pass to Keeon Johnson. UNC still leads 42-14 in the 4th.
12:50 4th: UNC 42, Virginia 7: Khris Francis scored his first collegiate TD on a screen pass from 15 yards out and UNC has opened up a 42-7 lead early in the fourth quarter.
End of 3; UNC 35, Virginia 7: Headed to the final frame in Chapel Hill, it is all UNC as they lead Virginia, 35-7.
2:34 3rd: UNC 35, Virginia 7: Dominique Green makes the score 35-7 by returning a David Watford pass 62 yards for a touchdown.
4:53 3rd: UNC 28, Virginia 7: Kevin Parks scores from 8 yards up to get Virginia on the board. The Tar Heels lead 28-7 late in the third quarter.
12:04 3rd: UNC 28, Virginia: Marquise Williams plunges in from 3 yards out to give North Carolina a 28-0 lead over Virginia with 12:04 left in the third quarter.
Halftime: UNC 21, Virginia 0: North Carolina leads Virginia 21-0 at the break after Tar Heels kicker Thomas Moore misses a 38-yard field goal as time expires.
Marquise Williams is 10-of-16 for 103 yards and a touchdown, and he also has 27 yards rushing on nine carries.
5:42 2nd; UNC 21, Virginia 0: Ryan Switzer dropped a punt return, but picked it up and returned it 85 yards for a TD as Virginia's coverage integrity broke down on the mistiming with the fumble. UNC now leads 21-0 late in the first half.
The punt return is tied for the 4th longest in UNC history.
End 1: UNC 14, Virginia 0: On the final play of the first quarter, Quinshad Davis and Marquise Williams connected for a wide-open TD - The caveat was that it was WR Davis passing to QB Williams. It is the second week in a row a UNC WR has thrown a TD pass.
UNC is 5-for-5 on 3rd downs converting twice from behind the sticks.
4:39 1st; UNC 7, Virginia 0: UNC needed just under four minutes to go 86 yards as Marquise Williams found Quinshad Davis for an 8-yard TD.
Davis had three catches for 31 yards on the drive and running back AJ Blue chipped in 25 yards on two carries.
UNC had faced a three-and-out from their own 12, but a 14-yard pass to Davis gained the Tar Heels' first first down and kept the drive alive.
8:33 1st: UNC 0, Virginia 0: Virginia opened the game with a six-and-a-half minute drive, but it satlled and the Cavs elected to punt out of a would-be 52-yard FG alignment. UNC will take over inside their own 20.
20:00 1st: UNC vs. Virginia: Donning the powder blue jerseys, UNC starting quarterback Marquise Williams will wear the No. 2 today to honor Bryn Renner who was lost for the season with an injury last week.
In other Tar Heels injury news, defensive tackle Shawn Underwood was the only one listed on the always vague weekly injury report. No word yet on whether he will play. Not listed on the injury report, but not dressed, is bandit Shakeel Rashad. No other info on him either.
The North Carolina Tar Heels will look to continue their recent resurgence Saturday when they match up with the Virginia Cavaliers in an Atlantic Coast Conference duel at Kenan Stadium (12:30 p.m., WRAL-TV).
Thanks to a 27-19 triumph over instate rival NC State last weekend, the Tar Heels have posted consecutive victories for the first time this year. The wins have been extremely important for the Tar Heels, who opened the season at 1-5 but now look like a team that could still squeeze into a bowl game.
The Tar Heels have been utilizing a rather unique offensive system in that they have not relied on just a single quarterback to run the show. Bryn Renner was the top dog, but he has given way to Marquise Williams a bit more in recent weeks and will give way to Williams the rest of the way after suffering a shoulder injury against NC State.
Against the Wolfpack, Renner threw for 124 yards on 15-of-22 passing, while Williams had 92 yards and a touchdown on 8-of-15 passing. Renner had successful surgery on his left shoulder Wednesday to repair a detached labrum and broken bone.
The fifth-year senior had started all but one game for the Tar Heels since the start of the 2011 season. He closed his career as the school's most accurate passer and ranked among the career leaders in touchdown passes, yards passing, completions and attempts.
North Carolina is scoring 25.2 points per game and averaging around 410 yards of offense each week. Both of those numbers fall right into the middle of the conference rankings.
The skill position players that are likely to make the most impact each week are receivers Eric Ebron and Quinshad Davis as well as running backs A.J. Blue and Romar Morris. Ebron leads the team in receptions, (44) and yards (669) but his three receiving touchdowns are far fewer than the team-best seven that Davis has hauled in. Davis has 32 receptions for 479 yards overall.
Blue (280 yards, TD) and Morris (214 yards, three TDs) are the top rushing options, though neither has been overly productive this season.
For how bad Virginia has been on defense, no team has been as weak in that regard as North Carolina, which is ranked at the bottom of the league in total yards allowed (423 ypg). Kareem Martin has been a force up front for the Tar Heels with 12.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Tre Boston (49 tackles, three INTs) has been an important contributor in the secondary.
Recent weeks have not been so kind to Virginia. The Cavaliers have not posted a victory since the end of September, and after a 59-10 loss to Clemson on Saturday, they have now been on the losing end of each of their last six contests.
The loss to Clemson also put and end to the postseason hopes for Virginia, as there are only three games remaining on the schedule for a team that owns a miserable 2-7 overall record, which includes an 0-5 mark against the rest of the ACC.
Just as they are near the bottom of the ACC in terms of wins and losses, the Cavaliers are also in that range when it comes to yards and points. The Cavaliers rank 10th in the league in total offense (370.8 ypg) and second to last in scoring (21.2 ppg).
At the helm is David Watford, who at the very least has shown no fear in throwing early and often. Against Clemson, Watford completed only 16-of-35 pass attempts for 130 yards, but it was the eighth time this season he has had at least 30 pass attempts. Unfortunately Watford hasn't been very effective despite ample opportunities, with just 1,845 yards and seven scores on 45.7 percent passing. Watford has also been intercepted 10 times and sacked on 17 occasions, including eight times in the last three games.
The real star for the unit is running back Kevin Parks, who has proven to be a threat not only on the ground but through the air as well. Parks leads the team in rushing (696 yards, nine TDs) by a wide margin and has been extremely adept at getting into the end zone. Through the air Parks has added 32 receptions for 305 yards and an additional score. He is one of three players on the roster to have at least 30 receptions this year.
This has historically been a competitive matchup with UNC holding a slim 59-54-1 edge against Virginia. The Tar Heels have won each of the last three matchups after the Cavaliers won seven of eight from 2002-09.