Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pulling away, Heels go with Hanson

CHAPEL HILL — Georgia Southern kicker Adrian Mora booted a 25-yard field goal in the third quarter to cut North Carolina's lead to 42-10. But with the game in hand, Tar Heels starting quarterback T.J. Yates has been replaced by back-up Braden Hanson.


North Carolina’s defense has been itching to force more turnovers. Already, it has four against Georgia Southern -- and a 42-7 lead at halftime. With 8:29 left in the first half, UNC linebacker Quan Sturdivant stripped Georgia Southern tailback Adam Urbano after a 1-yard run; Sturdivant returned it 49 yards for a touchdown to give the Tar Heels a 21-7 lead. It marked UNC’s first defensive touchdown of the season.

Less than a minute later, UNC linebacker Zach Brown snagged an interception, and Ryan Houston scored his second touchdown of the game, a 7-yarder (the longest of his career) to make it 28-7.

Then with 4:52 left in the half, linebacker Bruce Carter snagged and interception and returned it 41 yards for a touchdown.

Houston scored his third touchdown with six seconds left, on a 1-yard run.
It marked the first time UNC has scored four touchdowns in a quarter since 2000.
– Robbi Pickeral, News & Observer