banner
North Carolina

Blog: Tar Heels win 34-27 vs. Pitt

Posted November 16, 2013

UNC linebacker Travis Hughes (9) reacts after a big stop in the first half of play at Kenan Stadium between the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and the Boston College Eagles on October 26, 2013 in Chapel Hill, NC.

Marquise Williams' two rushing touchdowns and Ryan Switzer's two punt returns led the Heels to a 34-27 win over Pittsburgh.

4:46 fourth quarter; UNC 34, Pitt 27: Ryan Switzer grabs his second punt return on the day, 61 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. UNC leads 34-27 with 4:46 to go in the game.

8:52 fourth quarter; Pitt 27, UNC 27: A TJ Logan fumble on the kick return gave the Panthers the ball on the UNC 13. Pitt scores on a 2-yard James Conner rush to make it 27-27. 

9:49 fourth quarter; UNC 27, Pitt 20: Pitt's Chris Blewitt hits a 42 yard field goal to make it 27-20 UNC in the fourth.

13:28 fourth quarter; UNC 27, Pitt 17: Tom Savage connects with Bennet for a touchdown, momentum is on Pitts side. They close the gap to 10 points.

8:13 third quarter; UNC 27, Pitt 10: Tom Savage connects with Devin Street for a 33-yard touchdown pass. Pitt closes the gap, 27-10.

11:27 third quarter; UNC 27, Pitt 3: Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage is sacked by Kareem Martin and Darius Lipford for a loss of 18 yards. They force a fumbled that's recovered by Kareem Martin at the Pitt 12. A few plays later Thomas Moore hits a 27 yard field goal for the 27-3 lead.

1:03 second quarter; UNC 24, Pitt 3: UNC's Ryan Switzer returns the punt 65 yards for a touchdown, Heels go up 24-3 with a minute to go in the second quarter. That is Switzer's second straight game with a punt return.

5:14 second quarter; UNC 17, Pitt 3: Marquise Williams finds the end zone again on a 10-yard touchdown run. UNC takes a 17-3 lead over Pitt with 5:14 to go in the second quarter.

11:02 second quarter; UNC 10, Pitt 3: On 3rd and goal from the nine, Marquise Williams overthrows Eric Ebron in the end zone. The Tar Heels send out Thomas Moore for the 26-yard field goal to extend their lead to 10-3.

0:39 first quarter; UNC 7, Pitt 3: Marquise Williams rushes for a 16-yard touchdown after leading the Heels down the field in the air. UNC takes a 7-3 lead with 0:39 to go in the first quarter.

4:26 first quarter; Pitt 3, UNC 0: A pass interference call on the Tar Heels Tim Scott as Pitt reciever Tyler Boyd is tripped up in the end zone gives Pitt the ball on the Heels 13. On the next play Kareem Martin sacks Pitt QB Tom Savage who fumbles the ball. UNC recovers on the 24. 

UNC freshman T.J. Logan is starting in place of the injured A.J. Blue.

10:09 first quarter; Pitt 3, UNC 0: After driving 64 yards down the field Pitt is forced to settle for a 28-yard field goal on their opening drive of the game. They lead the Tar Heels 3-0.


Pregame: The surging North Carolina Tar Heels (4-5, 3-3) will look to win their fourth straight game on Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL-TV) when they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers (5-4, 2-3).

The last meeting between the squads took place in 2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl, where the Panthers slipped by UNC in a 19-17 final. Despite the victory, Pitt still trails in the all-time series by a count of 4-3.

The Tar Heels began the 2013 campaign with five losses in six games, but over the last several weeks, the team has shown signs of life. 

More specifically, UNC has posted three straight wins in order to move within one game of .500 on the season. Last week, the team dismantled Virginia at home, 45-14, which means the Heels have now outscored the opposition during this run by a combined 106-43.

North Carolina ran out to a 28-0 lead over the Cavaliers last weekend and never looked back, scoring at least one touchdown in every quarter, while holding the visitors scoreless through the first 30 minutes of action.

Quarterback Marquise Williams led the way for UNC as he converted 15-of-28 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns, while Quinshad Davis tossed a 29-yard TD to the signal caller as well. If all that were not enough, Williams also carried the ball 16 times for 46 yards and yet another score in the rout.

On defense, Norkeithus Otis stood tall for the Tar Heels with four tackles, three of which came behind the line of scrimmage and two of those against the opposing quarterback. Dominique Green chimed in with an interception return for a touchdown as well. Green now has three interceptions on the season, one behind Tre Boston who is also first on the unit with nine passes defended.

As a team, UNC ranks fifth in the conference and 23rd in the country with 12 INTs on defense, and because of that active presence in the secondary, the group is also fifth in the ACC in passing yards allowed (217.2 ypg).

With quarterback Bryn Renner now out for the season with a shoulder injury, Williams is getting his time in the spotlight and obviously made the most of it last week. He has completed 58.5 percent of his attempts for eight touchdowns and is also second on the unit with two rushing scores.

However, the so-called rushing attack for the Heels consists of only 118.7 ypg and nine touchdowns over as many games.

Last weekend, the Panthers hosted nationally-ranked Notre Dame and delivered a 28-21 victory in order to snap a two-game slide. The win was also the fifth of the season for the squad, placing it within a single victory of being considered for the postseason.

Pittsburgh fell behind last week against visiting Notre Dame, but just when they needed to break the trend of trading scores the Panthers looked to James Conner to fill the bill and he did so with a one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. From there the Pittsburgh defense held on, limiting UND to slightly more than six minutes of possession in the final frame.

The Panthers made it into the win column even as they converted just 3-of-13 on third down and produced only 355 yards of total offense, compared to 456 for the Irish as they averaged more than seven yards per snap. Conner scored on two of his 10 rushing attempts in the meeting, finishing with 35 yards on the ground, while Tom Savage converted 22-of-35 passes for 243 yards and two scores to Devin Street.

The standout performer on defense for the Panthers was safety Ray Vinopal who was named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week after posting two interceptions, a forced fumble and seven tackles. Not only does Vinopal lead the team in interceptions now with three, he is also tied for third on the unit with 53 tackles through nine games.

As great as Vinopal was, the focus of the defense is still Aaron Donald who has made more than half of his 37 stops behind the line of scrimmage (19.5 TFL) and easily paces the group with nine sacks, not to mention nine quarterback hurries and a trio of forced fumbles.

Street is one of the most productive receivers in school history, but at this point he is actually second on the team in receptions with 44, trailing Tyler Boyd who has 53 catches for 729 yards and six touchdowns. Savage has tossed six TDs to Street as well, compiling 16 aerial scores against seven interceptions, while converting 61 percent of his attempts.

56 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • Jewelry-EricLeak Nov 16, 4:15 p.m.

    Congrats to the Heels for having some intestinal fortitude, unlike the train wreck that is my beloved Pack.

  • CombatMed Nov 16, 4:11 p.m.

    Game ball goes to Switzer, hands down. 2 PRs for TDs.

    — Posted by CombatMed

    TOTALLY agree!

    — Posted by StunGunn

    These are the games I like to see too. Anyone can win big, but what happens when everything goes against you? They could have easily folded and lost this game. Switzer and the Defense weren't having any of it.

  • mxteam44 Nov 16, 4:06 p.m.

    Switzer is a beast!!! Game ball goes to him! Great job Heels! That was one tough 2nd half!!!! Way to step it up when it counted defense!!!!

    Man! That was a fun game to watch!!!

  • heelzfan4 Nov 16, 4:02 p.m.

    Ryan Switzer is the man! GO HEELS!

  • StunGunn Nov 16, 4:01 p.m.

    Game ball goes to Switzer, hands down. 2 PRs for TDs.

    — Posted by CombatMed

    TOTALLY agree!

  • evadbbat Nov 16, 4:01 p.m.

    Good Job UNC!

  • grh90 Nov 16, 4:00 p.m.

    Ryan the Destroyer Switzerland.

  • CombatMed Nov 16, 3:58 p.m.

    Game ball goes to Switzer, hands down. 2 PRs for TDs.

  • StunGunn Nov 16, 3:57 p.m.

    Great, great win. Very hard fought! Happy for the guys, and Switzer is THE MAN!!!!

  • RDI Nov 16, 3:57 p.m.

    Big Win Heels !!!

More...

 

 

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Cleveland

    Today at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Dallas

    Today at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Sun Bowl: Duke vs. Arizona State

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers vs Cleveland

    Today at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • WCBB: Duke vs. Kentucky

    Today at 3:00 pm on 620am

  • NHL: Hurricanes at NY Rangers

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: Louisiana Tech at NC State

    Tuesday at 7:00 pm on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
Final
UNC 82
OSU 74
Final
MVSU 60
NCCU 94
 
Final
UNCW 66
ECU 54
Final
CAR 2
NYR 3
Final
CHA 104
UTA 86
Final
WVU 83
NCSU 69
1:00pm Today
CAR
CLE
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
Final
NYK 90
PHO 99
Final
NOP 88
POR 114
Final
CHA 104
UTA 86
Final
HOU 97
ATL 104
Final
DAL 99
SAN 93
Final
DEN 76
IND 73
Final
LAC 106
MIL 102
3:30pm Today
TOR
NYK
4:30pm Today
CLE
MEM
6:00pm Tonight
MIA
BOS
6:00pm Tonight
BRK
DET
6:00pm Tonight
SAC
LAL
6:00pm Tonight
ORL
PHI
6:00pm Tonight
WAS
PHO
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
IND
7:00pm Tonight
OKC
NOP
Final
LALAF 16
NEV 3
Final
UTEP 6
UTST 21
Final
COLST 10
UTAH 45
Final
AFA 38
WMICH 24
Final
BGU 33
SALABAMA 28
Final
GEOR 81
CHAR 78
Final
WKENT 67
LOU 76
Final
MICH 51
SMU 62
Final
CIN 47
VCU 68
Final
BSU 77
ABCHRIST 33
 
Final
PROV 85
UMASS 65
Final
AMER 46
MNTER 45
 
Final
UNC 82
OSU 74
Final
IUPUI 71
SALA 65
 
Final
VILL 82
SYR 77
Final
VT 64
CITA 61
Final
DUQ 79
MLOWELL 63
 
Final
FAIR 61
BEL 73
 
Final
YALE 60
GTDNS 64
 
Final
FD 76
DEL 74
 
Final
PSU 73
DREX 68
Final
UNCG 64
ELON 71
 
Final
ILL 62
MIZZ 59
Final
CAMP 90
MONT 64
 
Final
LONG 106
PSUBEAVER 74
 
Final
HOU 63
SCST 71
 
Final
FSU 75
SFLA 62
Final
BING 51
BONA 69
 
Final
RUTG 68
RFLSH 73
 
Final
MCNST 69
TOL 83
 
Final
JVU 84
TRUETT 55
 
Final
GT 65
VANDY 60
Final
INDST 56
EILL 60
 
Final
BUT 73
IND 82
Final
STEPH 94
ARTCH 57
 
Final
OREG 83
DELST 70
 
Final
Terriers 61
FATL 56
 
Final
TXARL 89
HPYN 50
 
Final
KU 96
LAF 69
Final
ARKST 67
MARS 58
Final
MEM 78
ORU 63
Final
KNST 53
UMBC 66
 
Final
NW 67
WMICH 61
Final
MIZST 65
EMICH 77
 
Final
CHIST 76
STJOE 54
 
Final
KENT 83
UCLA 44
Final
COC 68
DAVID 80
Final
RIU 69
DET 55
Final
UCR 78
HOUB 67
 
Final
MURST 89
ILLST 77
 
Final
NWST 89
LALAF 85
 
Final
WAGN 66
MON 74
 
Final
MVSU 60
NCCU 94
 
Final
PITT 81
OU 77
Final
TENNM 77
PBY 60
 
Final
WYO 57
SOUTH 39
 
Final
AFA 75
UCD 81
Final
MSST 51
USCU 53
 
Final
JMU 71
HIGH 80
 
Final
TXST 90
HTILL 56
 
Final
DRAK 54
ISU 83
Final
SHU 73
UNH 60
 
Final
SCU 72
NE 78
 
Final
MSU 64
TXSOU 71
Final
UF 63
WAKE 50
Final
ND 94
PURD 63
Final
SHSU 61
PVU 44
 
Final
AUB 89
XAV 88
Final
AKR 92
BLUFFTON 53
 
Final
DAY 78
BU 62
 
Final
UNCW 66
ECU 54
Final
CLMB 82
HOF 77
 
Final
GMAS 86
IONA 81
Final
TOWS 53
LAS 67
Final
MAN 73
MRGST 69
 
Final
CCST 76
YALE 84
 
Final
PEPP 63
RICH 65
Final
MAR 58
STJOE 75
Final
KYST 71
TEXAM 64
Final
MAST 72
VALPO 75
 
Final
UMKC 104
INCWORD 110
 
Final
IDST 50
CALST 59
 
Final
NIOWA 56
IOWA 44
Final
SIUE 61
UWMIL 56
 
Final
TEX 78
LBSU 68
Final
TCU 88
TXSA 57
Final
ARK 84
SEMIZ 67
Final
NCOL 69
JVST 60
 
Final
ARST 81
LEH 84
 
Final
NMST 67
NMU 69
 
Final
WASH 69
OKLA 67
Final
GRCN 81
STED 55
 
Final
WEBER 73
WLVRN 61
 
Final
WVU 83
NCSU 69
Final
SDST 70
BST 57
Final
GONZ 63
CPSL 50
Final
PAC 71
FRES 68
Final
PORT 87
MNTST 60
 
Final
CSNO 68
TAMCC 75
 
Final
UTST 65
SDKST 68
 
Final
BYU 79
STAN 77
Final
UNLV 46
UTAH 59
12:00pm Today
UVA
HARV
1:00pm Today
BGU
FERST
 
1:00pm Today
ARMY
MAINE
 
1:00pm Today
QUIN
ORST
1:00pm Today
CLST
USF
 
1:30pm Today
CARK
CCAR
 
2:00pm Today
UWGB
ARKLR
 
2:00pm Today
RAD
CORN
 
2:00pm Today
UNT
CREI
2:00pm Today
CAN
HC
 
2:00pm Today
USB
GHND
 
2:00pm Today
OKST
MD
2:00pm Today
WINT
REIN
 
2:00pm Today
UGST
SMISS
2:00pm Today
NEOM
TXPA
 
2:00pm Today
STLU
VERM
 
2:00pm Today
UNCA
WCU
 
2:05pm Today
EVAN
ALAST
 
2:30pm Today
HART
FIU
 
2:35pm Today
VALPO
GOSHEN
 
3:00pm Today
LIP
PEAY
 
3:00pm Today
DEN
BRY
 
3:00pm Today
MONT
SD
 
3:00pm Today
MTST
TENST
3:00pm Today
SAMF
LAMON
 
3:30pm Today
SCAR
COKR
 
4:00pm Today
HAMP
NARZ
 
4:00pm Today
SDU
SDCHR
 
4:00pm Today
BC
USC
4:30pm Today
NICST
TROY
 
4:30pm Today
BRAD
UCI
 
6:00pm Tonight
UGA
SHU
6:30pm Tonight
ALA
APP
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
NDST
 
7:00pm Tonight
WASU
SJST
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
Final
LOS 4
ARI 2
Final
CLB 3
CHI 2
Final
BUF 1
COL 5
Final
PIT 3
FLA 1
Final
CAR 2
NYR 3
Final
MON 4
OTT 1
Final
TOR 4
PHI 7
Final
NYI 3
TAM 1
Final
NJD 0
WAS 4
Final
MIN 5
NAS 6
Final
VAN 3
CAL 2
Final
SJS 3
STL 2
6:00pm Tonight
DET
COL
6:00pm Tonight
EDM
DAL
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
BUF
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
TOR
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
Final
WAS 27
PHI 24
Final
SFX 35
SDC 38
1:00pm Today
NOS
ATL
1:00pm Today
HOU
BAL
1:00pm Today
CAR
CLE
1:00pm Today
CHI
DET
1:00pm Today
TAM
GBP
1:00pm Today
PIT
KAN
1:00pm Today
MIA
MIN
1:00pm Today
NYJ
NEP
4:05pm Today
STL
NYG
4:25pm Today
OAK
BUF
4:25pm Today
DAL
IND
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA