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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP and GoHeels.com) -- Marquise Williams recorded a touchdown passing, rushing and receiving to help North Carolina beat Virginia 45-14 on Saturday.
North Carolina extended its winning streak to three games while posting its fourth consecutive victory over the Cavaliers (2-8, 0-6).
Wide receiver Quinshad Davis caught a touchdown pass and threw for a score for the Tar Heels.
Kevin Parks rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries for Virginia. The Cavaliers suffered their seventh consecutive defeat, their longest losing streak within one season since 1981.
Williams completed 15 of 28 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns.
It was North Carolina's first game since starting quarterback Bryn Renner had season-ending surgery on his left shoulder.
The Tar Heels had thrived in recent weeks using a two-quarterback system employing Renner and Williams, but Williams alone was enough against Virginia.
Wearing Renner's No. 2 to honor his injured teammate, Williams led the Tar Heels on long touchdown drives the first two times they had the ball.
Williams threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Davis to cap the first series, and Davis returned the favor with a 29-yard strike to Williams on the final play of the first quarter.
Davis took a pitch from running back T.J. Logan on a reverse and lofted a pass to Williams, who was alone in the Virginia secondary, for the touchdown.
The Tar Heels kept the drives alive by going 5-for-5 on third down. Four of the conversions featured passes by Williams on third and 9 or longer.