Saturday, October 30, 2010
UNC survives against William & Mary
By Heather Dinich
It wasn't pretty, but then again, not much in Chapel Hill has been this year.
North Carolina woke up in the second half for a 21-17 come-from-behind-win over William & Mary. The Tar Heels avoided what would have been the ACC's second loss this season to an FCS school. (Enter exhale here).
UNC couldn't have done it without the help of running back Johnny White, who finished with 164 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries. The Tar Heels turned the ball over twice, and couldn't stop their former teammate, Tribe quarterback Mike Paulus, in the first half.
William & Mary was undermanned, and in the end wore down. It was an example of how the difference in scholarship allotment between FCS and FBS (85-63) can affect the depth. Running backs Jonathan Grimes and Terrence Riggins were injured, along with tight end Alex Gottlieb. Yet the Tribe still outplayed North Carolina for the majority of the game.
If UNC continues to play the way it did this afternoon, it won't win another game. And yes, Duke is still on the schedule -- the same Duke that is beating Navy, 34-23 in the fourth quarter.