Scores

Final

East Carolina 17

(2-2, 2-0 American)

North Carolina 42

(2-2, 0-1 ACC)

3:30 PM ET, October 2, 2010

Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC

1 2 3 4 T
ECU 7 7 3 017
UNC 7 7 14 1442

Top Performers

Passing: T. Yates (UNC) - 181 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: S. Draughn (UNC) - 27 CAR, 137 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: L. Lewis (ECU) - 9 REC, 68 YDS, 1 TD

North Carolina beats East Carolina for second straight year

Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Shaun Draughn scored three second-half touchdowns while Da'Norris Searcy returned an interception for a touchdown in his first game back to help North Carolina beat East Carolina 42-17 on Saturday.

Draughn ran for 137 yards for the Tar Heels (2-2), who have won two straight games despite continuing to be short-handed due to an ongoing NCAA investigation. Johnny White also ran for a career-high 140 yards while T.J. Yates threw two TD passes, giving North Carolina a win against its instate rival here for the second straight season.

Dominique Davis threw for a touchdown for the Pirates (2-2), who got off a solid start only to see the game slip steadily away from there. East Carolina has now lost two straight games after opening Ruffin McNeill's tenure at his alma mater with a pair of wins against Conference USA opponents.

North Carolina had plenty to feel good about with this win. Draughn fell a yard short of his career high and got stronger against the Pirates' struggling defense, while White overcame an ankle injury that had him questionable for the game with a strong performance of his own.

It marked the first time in six years that the Tar Heels had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game, and the first time in five years that the Pirates had allowed two 100-yard rushers.

Draughn scored on a 1-yard run late in the third quarter to make it a two-possession game, then bulled over defenders at the pylon for a 4-yard score midway through the fourth. He scored on a 13-yard run in the final minute, capping an eight-play drive in which he carried the ball on every play.

North Carolina was without 11 players due to the NCAA review into agent-related benefits and possible academic misconduct involving a tutor. The school had held Searcy -- a safety who started every game last season -- out of the first three games to determine his eligibility before he was cleared to return Thursday.

The announcement came so late in the week that coach Butch Davis said it was unclear exactly how much Searcy could contribute. But Searcy made a huge play, grabbing an overthrown pass from Davis then cutting back inside of Dwayne Harris' attempted tackle on the way to the end zone to tie it at 14 heading into halftime.

That was the highlight of a defensive effort that steadily improved as the game went on, with the Pirates' spread offense rolling to 131 yards in the first quarter but managing fewer yards with each period. And it was enough help for an offense that didn't look particularly sharp, yet avoided committing any turnovers for the first time this season.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ECU
UNC
1st Downs2125
Total Yards347444
Passing283181
Rushing64263
Penalties13-12010-80
3rd Down Conversions4-127-14
4th Down Conversions0-00-0
Turnovers30
Possession24:2435:36

Passing Leaders

East CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Davis33/512444.813
North CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Yates18/261817.020

Rushing Leaders

East CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams8334.1014
Bowman11414.0014
North CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
White161408.8054
Draughn271375.1314

Receiving Leaders

East CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis9687.6115
Harris8648.0015
North CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Pianalto79513.6032
Jones33511.7113

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERECUUNC
TD06:19Lance Lewis 13 Yd Pass From Dominique Davis (Michael Barbour Kick) 70
TD02:44Jheranie Boyd 25 Yd Pass From T.J. Yates (Casey Barth Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERECUUNC
TD14:54Joe Womack 39 Yd Pass From Dwayne Harris (Michael Barbour Kick) 147
TD02:53Da'Norris Searcy 46 Yd Interception Return (Casey Barth Kick) 1414
THIRD QUARTERECUUNC
FG09:31Michael Barbour 28 Yd 1714
TD05:40Dwight Jones 13 Yd Pass From T.J. Yates (Casey Barth Kick) 1721
TD00:03Shaun Draughn 1 Yd Run (Casey Barth Kick) 1728
FOURTH QUARTERECUUNC
TD06:22Shaun Draughn 4 Yd Run (Casey Barth Kick) 1735
TD00:49Shaun Draughn 13 Yd Run (Casey Barth Kick) 1742