Scores

Final

Ga. Southern 12

(3-3, 2-1 Sun Belt)

North Carolina 42

(4-2, 0-2 ACC)

3:30 PM ET, October 10, 2009

Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC

1 2 3 4 T
GASO 7 0 3 212
UNC 14 28 0 042

Top Performers

Passing: T. Yates (UNC) - 118 YDS

Rushing: R. Houston (UNC) - 15 CAR, 56 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: S. Draughn (UNC) - 5 REC, 43 YDS

UNC coasts behind six takeaways by defense

Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Ryan Houston rushed for three touchdowns and Quan Sturdivant returned a fumble 49 yards for a score, one of six turnovers forced by North Carolina during a 42-12 rout of Georgia Southern on Saturday.

Bruce Carter brought back an interception 41 yards for a TD and the defense set up two quick scoring drives with takeaways for North Carolina (4-2).

Houston scored on rushes of 1, 1 and 7 yards. Shaun Draughn added a 16-yard touchdown run for the Tar Heels, who held the Eagles to 170 total yards and 75 through the air.

Adam Urbano had a 45-yard TD rush -- the longest allowed this season by North Carolina's stingy defense -- for the Eagles (3-3).

The Tar Heels managed only a combined 10 points in consecutive losses to Georgia Tech and Virginia that dropped them out of the national rankings and into last place in the ACC's Coastal Division.

Turned out, a timely visit from another outmanned Football Championship Subdivision opponent was just what they needed, building a 42-7 halftime lead -- their highest-scoring first half in nine years.

The game had no impact on North Carolina's postseason eligibility because teams may count only one victory per season over an FCS team toward the six necessary to qualify for a bowl, and the Tar Heels routed Citadel 40-6 in the opener.

The Tar Heels' defense, which entered with national rankings of No. 8 overall and No. 4 against the pass, spoke openly during game week about feeling the need to give their struggling offense a jolt. Defensive end Robert Quinn promising to "put it on our shoulders."

Did they ever.

Quinn jarred the ball loose from Lee Chapple as he passed late in the first quarter. E.J. Wilson returned it to the 16 and Draughn scored on the next play to make it 14-0.

Sturdivant pushed the lead to 21-7 midway through the second when he ripped the ball out of Urbano's hands and returned it down the right sideline for his second career score. Zach Brown's interception moments later gave the Tar Heels the ball at the 22 and three plays later, Houston barreled in from 7 yards out.

Carter then snuffed out the Eagles' next possession with his second career interception return for a TD.

North Carolina, held to nine first downs in last week's loss to the previously winless Cavaliers, nearly matched that on an opening drive that ended with Houston's first 1-yard plunge. He powered in with 6 seconds before the break to give the Tar Heels their most points in a first half since they scored 52 against Duke in 2000.

Urbano finished with a career-high 93 yards rushing for Georgia Southern, which fell to 1-17 against Bowl Subdivision teams.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
GASO
UNC
1st Downs1122
Total Yards170289
Passing75125
Rushing95164
Penalties3-2511-73
3rd Down Conversions3-165-13
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers63
Possession29:1630:44

Passing Leaders

Georgia SouthernC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Chapple14/27652.403
North CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Yates14/201185.900

Rushing Leaders

Georgia SouthernCARYDSAVGTDLG
Urbano17935.5145
Rozier581.605
North CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Draughn14815.8116
Houston15563.7311

Receiving Leaders

Georgia SouthernRECYDSAVGTDLG
Barker5357.0018
Taylor11111.0011
North CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Draughn5438.6024
Barham22814.0014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERGASOUNC
TD06:59Ryan Houston 1 Yd Run (Casey Barth Kick) 07
TD04:37Shaun Draughn 16 Yd Run (Casey Barth Kick) 014
TD03:03Adam Urbano 45 Yd Run (Adrian Mora Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERGASOUNC
TD08:29Quan Sturdivant 49 Yd Fumble Return (Casey Barth Kick) 721
TD06:29Ryan Houston 7 Yd Run (Casey Barth Kick) 728
TD04:52Bruce Carter 41 Yd Interception Return (Casey Barth Kick) 735
TD00:06Ryan Houston 1 Yd Run (Casey Barth Kick) 742
THIRD QUARTERGASOUNC
FG09:01Adrian Mora 25 Yd 1042
FOURTH QUARTERGASOUNC
SF09:49A.J. Blue Tackled By Markeith Wylie In End Zone 1242