Chapel Hill, NC (WWBT)- Virginia put together a dramatic victory at Indiana a week ago, but North Carolina made sure there would be no road magic on Saturday, using a big second quarter to down the Cavaliers for the first time this season.
The Tar Heels scored three unanswered touchdowns throughout the second and third quarters en route to a 28-17 win over UVA in Chapel Hill. After a scoreless first quarter, Robert Randolph opened the scoring with a field goal to put the Wahoos up 3-0. The Tar Heels answered, as Bryn Renner hooked up with Jheranie Boyd for an 18 yard touchdown pass to put UNC in front, 7-3. Ryan Houston's one yard TD run later in the frame gave North Carolina a 14-3 lead, which was the score at halftime. The Tar Heels came out firing right out of the gate in the second half, as they engineered a scoring drive in just 1:58 which ended with a 17 yard pass from Renner to Dwight Jones to put the Cavaliers in a 21-3 hole. Virginia would chip away, as Michael Rocco found Max Milien who dashed down the field into the endzone to complete a 41 yard scoring play. It marked Rocco's first touchdown pass of the season and Milien's first career receiving TD. Houston would add another touchdown before the third quarter's end to give UNC a commanding 28-10 lead. Rocco would rush for a score in the fourth, but it proved to be too little too late for the Cavaliers.
Virginia racked up 468 yards of total offense in the losing effort. Rocco completed 22 of his 37 pass attempts for a career high 287 yards and the touchdown. He threw two interceptions as well and also added the rushing score. Kevin Parks once again led Virginia in rushing with 98 yards on 14 carries. Matoaca alum Kris Burd pulled down seven catches for 110 yards.
Virginia returns home next Saturday for a match up with Southern Mississippi. The two teams are set to kickoff at 3:30 pm.