Scores

Final

Clemson 16

(2-3, 0-2 ACC)

North Carolina 21

(3-2, 1-1 ACC)

Coverage: ABC

3:30 PM ET, October 9, 2010

Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC

1 2 3 4 T
CLEM 0 3 7 616
UNC 7 7 0 721

Top Performers

Passing: K. Parker (CLEM) - 214 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: J. White (UNC) - 22 CAR, 89 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Brown (CLEM) - 4 REC, 107 YDS, 1 TD

North Carolina wins 2nd straight as Johnny White runs for 2 TDs

Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Johnny White rushed for two touchdowns and gained 179 total yards, and North Carolina held on to beat Clemson 21-16 on Saturday for its third straight victory.

White caught six passes for 90 yards, finished with 89 yards rushing and scored on runs of 4 and 26 yards.

T.J. Yates was 18-for-34 for 164 yards with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Jheranie Boyd for the Tar Heels (3-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). They coaxed just enough production out of the offense to beat the Tigers for the first time since 2001.

Kyle Parker's 74-yard TD pass to Jaron Brown with 5:31 left pulled the Tigers (2-3, 0-2) within five, but they couldn't convert the two-point attempt and didn't get the ball back until only 13 seconds remained. Parker then threw three deep passes, all incompletions.

He finished 21-for-38 for 214 yards for the Tigers, who were held to a season-low 305 total yards and lost their third straight.

The Tar Heels -- who finished with 255 total yards and were held to 15 total yards in the third quarter -- certainly needed both of White's scoring runs. Two plays after his 12-yard catch from Yates on fourth-and-4, White bounced off a series of tacklers on his way to the end zone. That 26-yard run extended the lead to 21-10 with 6:53 to play.

Jamie Harper pulled the Tigers to 14-10 with a 10-yard touchdown run with 5 1/2 minutes left in the third. Clemson drove into North Carolina territory on its next possession, but the drive stalled at the 24 and Chandler Catanzaro's 42-yard field goal was wide right.

Brown finished with 107 yards receiving on four catches for the Tigers.

On a day safety Deunta Williams returned to the Tar Heels following a four-game suspension, the school also announced a few hours before kickoff that fullback Devon Ramsay -- who had played in the previous four games -- would sit out after additional information turned up in the ongoing NCAA investigation of the program. The school also said safety Jonathan Smith -- who had been held out -- would not play this season, but didn't specify why.

That had the potential to create yet another distraction in a season full of them for the Tar Heels, but they certainly came out looking focused. White powered in from 4 yards out to cap their opening drive -- a 12-play, 48-yard march during which Yates was 6 of 7 for 35 yards.

North Carolina's offense was stuck in neutral for much of the rest of the half, with Yates misfiring on 7 of 9 attempts during a rough stretch that preceded his pretty 51-yard strike to a streaking White down the left sideline. That kept alive an 80-yard drive that the senior quarterback capped with his scoring pass to Boyd with 54 seconds before the half, putting the Tar Heels up 14-3.

Clemson had pulled to 7-3 with 6 1/2 minutes left in the half on Catanzaro's 48-yard field goal.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CLEM
UNC
1st Downs1616
Total Yards305255
Passing214164
Rushing9191
Penalties9-816-49
3rd Down Conversions7-163-14
4th Down Conversions0-14-4
Turnovers00
Possession26:3533:25

Passing Leaders

ClemsonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Parker21/382145.610
North CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Yates18/341644.810

Rushing Leaders

ClemsonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ellington12554.6014
Harper11272.5110
North CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
White22894.0226
Draughn581.604

Receiving Leaders

ClemsonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown410726.8174
Allen7557.9010
North CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
White69015.0051
Highsmith3289.3019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCLEMUNC
TD06:45Johnny White 4 Yd Run (Casey Barth Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERCLEMUNC
FG06:19Chandler Catanzaro 48 Yd 37
TD00:54Jheranie Boyd 9 Yd Pass From T.J. Yates (Casey Barth Kick) 314
THIRD QUARTERCLEMUNC
TD05:34Jamie Harper 10 Yd Run (Chandler Catanzaro Kick) 1014
FOURTH QUARTERCLEMUNC
TD06:53Johnny White 26 Yd Run (Casey Barth Kick) 1021
TD05:31Jaron Brown 74 Yd Pass From Kyle Parker (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1621