CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Ronnie McGill helped
take some of the pressure off coach John Bunting - at least
for the time being.
McGill rushed for 100 yards and three touchdowns in the fourth
quarter as North Carolina rallied for an unimpressive 49-38
victory over Division I-AA William & Mary in the season opener
for both schools.
After guiding the Tar Heels to a victory in the Peach Bowl in
2001, Bunting's job security has come into question with North
Carolina winning just five games the last two seasons.
It looked like the 2004 campaign would get off to a disastrous
start after Jon Smith scored on a two-yard run midway through
the third quarter, giving William & Mary a 31-21 lead.
But the Tar Heels were able to rally behind a punishing running
game that amassed 341 yards.
McGill led the way with his four-yard run with 13:32 left in the
contest, giving the Tar Heels a 35-31 lead. He added TD runs
of 10 and seven yards later in the quarter, finishing with 133
yards on the ground.
Jacque Lewis added 123 yards rushing for the Tar Heels.
Quarterback Lang Campbell rushed for two touchdowns and threw
for another score for William & Mary.