No. 15 Cavaliers Take Out North Carolina, 56-24
Sept. 11, 2004
By LARRY O'DELL
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Wali Lundy scored three touchdowns and Marquis Weeks returned a kickoff 100 yards against North Carolina for the second time in three years to give No. 15 Virginia a 56-24 victory on Saturday.
The Cavaliers' offensive line manhandled the Tar Heels' defensive front, opening big holes for Lundy and fullback Jason Snelling as Virginia put together scoring drives of 77, 68, 97, 79, 90 and 47 yards.
Virginia (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) did not punt until 14:31 left in the game, and then only because a personal foul penalty moved the Cavaliers out of field goal range.
Snelling ran for 80 yards and Lundy for 73 as the Cavaliers gained 549 total yards, 297 on the ground.
Weeks, whose school record-tying 100-yard kickoff return sparked Virginia's 37-27 come-from-behind victory over North Carolina two years ago, took away what little momentum North Carolina (1-1, 0-1 ACC) could muster by doing it again.
After Darian Durant connected with Derrelle Mitchell on a 7-yard touchdown pass in the second period to cut Virginia's lead to 21-7, Weeks took the ensuing kickoff up the middle, broke to the left and picked up a wall of blockers to just inside the left pylon.
Alvin Pearman nearly matched Weeks' feat with a 93-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter. He was tripped up by Hikee Taylor at the 1, and he scored from there on the next play.
The Tar Heels moved inside the Virginia 10 on two other occasions in the first half but managed only a 22-yard field goal by Connor Barth. Their other possession ended at the Virginia 3 when defensive end Chris Canty stuffed Ronnie McGill for a 1-yard loss on fourth down.
North Carolina scored a pair of second-half touchdowns after the game was out of reach. Chad Scott caught a 52-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Matt Baker, then scored on a 1-yard run set up by a 46-yard pass from Baker to Daunte Fields.
Virginia even worked in a trick play, a 32-yard flanker pass from Emmanuel Byers to a sliding Michael McGrew on Virginia's 97-yard touchdown drive. After a 25-yard run by Snelling, Lundy scored standing up from the 8, one of his three first-half touchdowns.