For a second there, it appeared as if UNC would have their hands full with the Old Dominion Monarchs. But then, the offense exploded for 11 touchdowns and carried UNC to a 80-20 victory. UNC finished the day with 721 yards of total offense and earned bowl eligibility.
A Jarod Brown field goal cut UNC’s lead to one point at the end of the first quarter, and the collective mood in Kenan Stadium was nervous to say the least. But then UNC unleashed a string of offensive touchdowns that ODU just could not recover from. UNC scored 35 points in the 2nd quarter and 31 points in the third to catapult themselves comfortably into a victory.
Marquise Williams finished with over 400 yards throwing, five TDs through the air, and 60 rushing yards. Other statistical leaders for UNC included TJ Logan, who rushed for a career high 137 yards and career high three touchdowns. Also, Quinshad Davis and Ryan Switzer each caught for more than 100 yards receiving. In all, UNC’s offense put together its most complete performance this season.
The defense wasn’t too shabby either. UNC held ODU to only 146 yards passing, especially good since the Monarchs passing attack was highly regarded by many experts before the game. ODU finished 1-14 on third downs as well, a big part of their lack of success in the game.
UNC will go home a happy bunch tonight, but they can’t celebrate this win for too long. A key rivalry matchup against Duke beckons for next weekend, a game with could decide the outcome of the ACC Coastal Division. UNC will have to put forth its best efforts on offense and defense to beat the Blue Devils, who are 9-2 so far this season. But UNC is playing its best football right now and will have lots of motivation heading into the contest. Expect a hard fought and close game next weekend, but for now, celebrate this game and UNC’s new school record 80 points.