Virginia tailback Wali Lundy (33), makes a move upfield in the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 22. (AP Photo/Jeffrey A. Camarati)
Oct. 22, 2005
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Ronnie McGill ran for 118 yards while Cedrick Holt had a key interception late to cap a stellar defensive effort and help North Carolina hold off No. 23 Virginia 7-5 Saturday.
Matt Baker connected with Rikki Cook for the game's only touchdown in the first quarter, which ultimately proved to be all the Tar Heels (3-3, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) would need to bounce back from a humiliating loss at Louisville two weeks ago.
After allowing 69 points in that loss, the Tar Heels held Virginia (4-3, 2-3) to just 199 total yards and allowed the Cavaliers' offense just one field goal - a surprising result for a team that upset unbeaten Florida State last week.
It was the fewest points scored by the Tar Heels in a win since beating Wake Forest 7-3 in 1971.
North Carolina bottled up mobile quarterback Marques Hagans, who threw for a career-best 306 yards and two TDs in the 26-21 win over the Seminoles, sacking him twice and keeping him in the pocket. Hagans threw for 109 yards and ran for 26 before throwing the late interception to Holt.
The Tar Heels routinely controlled the line of scrimmage on offense, opening plenty of running lanes for McGill and Barrington Edwards. The duo led the Tar Heels' season-high 172-yard effort on the ground despite getting little help from Baker and the passing game.
Baker hit Cook for a 2-yard score in the first quarter, but that was as good as it would get through the air. But considering the way that much-maligned defense was playing, it wouldn't matter.
The Cavaliers got their first score only when Warren Green snapped the ball over punter David Wooldridge's head and out of the end zone for a second-quarter safety.
Later, on a third-quarter drive, Mike Mason dropped a perfect pass from Baker as he fell into the end zone.
Virginia hung around and drove into North Carolina territory for a potential winning field goal with less than 2 minutes left.
But the Tar Heels' defense got the stop it needed, flushing Hagans from the pocket and forcing him to throw while on the run. The ball was tipped by Trimane Goddard - one of several key plays the sophomore safety was involved in - and Holt came down with it with 1:23 to play, ending Virginia's last best chance.
Rivalry Win Continues Cavaliers' AscentMen's Basketball2/10/16In defeating Virginia Tech for the 10th time in the rivals' past 12 meetings, seventh-ranked Virginia never trailed Tuesday night at John Paul Jones Arena.Even-Keeled Cavaliers Ready for RematchMen's Basketball2/9/16At 8 p.m. Tuesday, No. 7 Virginia meets ACC rival Virginia Tech at John Paul Jones Arena. The Hokies upset the Cavaliers last month in Blacksburg.Short-Handed Cavaliers' Struggles ContinueWomen's Basketball2/8/16Since losing All-ACC guard Faith Randolph, the Virginia women's basketball team has lost six of eight games. UVA hosts Syracuse on Thursday night.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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