When head coach Larry Fedora was hired as the North Carolina football coach prior to the 2012 season, he warned fans of offensive explosions, such as the one on Saturday against Old Dominion.
“You better buckle your seat belts,” Fedora said in his opening press conference over 18 months ago, “because it is going to be a wild ride.” Fedora also alluded to the fact that if fans ever got out of their seats while the Tar Heels were on offense, they were probably going to miss a Carolina touchdown.
Chances are most fans did not see all 11 touchdowns UNC scored in their 80-20 record-setting victory over Old Dominion (8-4) on Saturday in Kenan Stadium.
The 80 points scored by North Carolina (6-5, 4-3 ACC) is a record for most points scored in a single game in UNC history, surpassing the previous record set last year against Idaho when Carolina scored 66. Of the 11 touchdowns for the Tar Heels, only two of them came on possessions lasting longer than 1 minute, 44 seconds.
At the end of the day, quarterback Marquise Williams threw for 409 yards and 5 touchdowns, all in the first half, which tied the UNC record for most passing touchdowns in a game. Williams also added 60 yards rushing.
11 different Carolina players caught at least one pass, with four different players catching a touchdown – led by freshman wide receiver Ryan Switzer who had two receiving touchdowns. Switzer also added a touchdown via punt return, his fourth punt return touchdown in the last three weeks, tying the ACC single-season record.
In the running game, freshman running back T.J. Logan ran for 137 yards on 14 carries, with three rushing touchdowns, while also adding a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. As a team, North Carolina rushed for 312 yards and gained 721 total yards – another school record.
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Possibly the most promising statistic for North Carolina fans is the fact that the Tar Heels’ last 23 touchdowns, including all 11 against Old Dominion, have been scored by freshmen and sophomores.
The victory on Saturday was North Carolina’s sixth victory of the season, meaning they are now bowl eligible no matter what happens next weekend against Duke in Kenan Stadium. However, that game will still carry some extra weight, as Duke needs a victory to clinch the ACC Coastal Division and a spot in the ACC Championship game in Charlotte, N.C. against No. 2 Florida State on December 7th.
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