UNC-JMU: Postgame Notebook

UNC-JMU: Postgame Notebook

News and notes from Saturday's 37-14 victory against James Madison at Kenan Stadium.

  • Junior LB Chase Rice left the game with a left ankle sprain in the second quarter, while senior C Scott Lenahan left the game in the third quarter with a right calf strain. Both players will be evaluated tomorrow.

  • Rice was instrumental in setting the defensive tone in the first 20 minutes of play. The strongside LB laid a hit on JMU QB Rondey Landers on the Dukes' first play from scrimmage that resulted in a fumble, and then tipped a Landers' pass in the second quarter that resulted in a Deunta Williams interception.

  • Davis became the first head coach to win his first regular season game at Carolina since Dick Crum beat East Carolina (14-10) in 1978. Carl Torbush won the 1997 Gator Bowl in his first game as head coach. Davis is 52-20 in seven seasons as a college head coach.

  • UNC played seven true freshmen in Saturday's win: DT Marvin Austin, CB Charles Brown, LB Bruce Carter, WR Greg Little, HB Zack Pianalto, S Da'Norris Searcy and LB Quan Sturdivant.

  • Freshman Bruce Carter's third-quarter blocked punt was the first for the Tar Heels since Wallace Wright blocked one at NC State in 2005. Sophomore Ryan Taylor recovered the block at the 1-yard line to set up Anthony Elzy's second touchdown run.

  • Carolina¹s first two scoring drives took just 1:23 and 37 seconds, respectively. The 37-second drive was shorter than any in the 2006 season.

  • North Carolina used 12 first-time starters Saturday against JMU: QB T.J. Yates, TB Johnny White, LT Kyle Jolly, LG Aaron Stahl, TE Richard Quinn, HB Zack Pianalto on offense; and DT Cam Thomas, DE E.J. Wilson, LB Wesley Flagg, CB Kendric Williams, S Deunta Williams and CB Kendric Burney on defense. Twenty-six (26) Tar Heels saw their first action at Carolina Saturday.

  • Carolina's 23-point margin of victory was its largest since a 40-17 win over Duke in 2004.

    (UNC Athletic Comm. contributed to this report.)

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