(Saturday, October 16th)
Final Score: North Carolina 44, Virginia 10
Charlottesville, VA (Sports Network) - T.J. Yates threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns as the North Carolina Tar Heels beat up on the Virginia Cavaliers, 44-10, in ACC play at Scott Stadium.
Yates finished the night hitting 17-of-22 passes for the Tar Heels (4-2, 2-1 ACC) as they won at Scott Stadium for the first time since 1981. Dwight Jones stepped up as the top target for Yates, reeling in seven passes for a game- high 198 yards and two TDs, while Shaun Draughn recorded 65 yards and a score on 17 rushing attempts for the visitors.
The Cavaliers (2-4, 0-3) were paced by Keith Payne who gained 107 yards and scored once on 23 rushing attempts in the team's third consecutive setback. Quarterback Marc Verica was under constant pressure and responded by hitting 15-of-25 passes for 139 yards and tossing three interceptions.
The very first play from scrimmage set the tone for the meeting as Yates hooked up with Jones for an 81-yard score.
Virginia responded with a 25-yard field goal by Robert Randolph, but from there the Heels ripped off 20 straight points.
UNC kicker Casey Barth knocked through a 36-yard field goal to begin the onslaught by the Heels offense. Yates and Jones hooked up again at the 1:17 mark of the first quarter on a 20-yard TD pass play, followed by a 34-yard field goal by Barth to make the score 20-3. At the 6:10 mark of the second frame Yates and Zack Pianalto combined on a one-yard touchdown pass to give the visitors a huge 27-3 advantage.
Late in the first half the Cavaliers registered their first and only touchdown of the night, a five-yard rushing score by Payne to cut the deficit to 27-10 at the break.
North Carolina ran away with the victory as Barth made good on a 32-yard field goal in the third period, Kevin Reddick returned an interception 22 yards for a TD in the third quarter and Draughn made it over the goal line from a yard out late in the fourth in the 34-point rout.
Despite running 18 fewer offensive plays than the Cavs, UNC generated a hefty 479 yards of total offense, compared to just 335 yards for the hosts. Virginia hurt itself with a total of five interceptions, with Michael Rocco and Ross Metheny each tossing a pick in the meeting.
10/16 22:12:43 ET