Fourth-ranked North Carolina, held scoreless in the first half, took advantage of North Carolina State's mistakes yesterday with two touchdown runs by Alan Burrus and one by Tyrone Anthony for a 21-10 victory over the Wolfpack.
Host North Carolina (6-0) trailed 10-0 at halftime in the Atlantic Coast Conference contest, which was attended by a record crowd of 56,100.
It was the first time this season that the Tar Heels had trailed an opponent.
"It was a little eerie to look up there and see us behind for a change," said Tar Heel defensive back Walter Black, who set up a touchdown with a blocked punt and saved one with an interception.
North Carolina Coach Dick Crum said the team changed nothing in the second half but "Tyrone Anthony's shoes." Anthony had slipped several times in the first half, but came back in the second to lead the offense by running for 109 yards and finish with 183 on 32 carries.
Crum said the opening kickoff of the second half was a big play. N.C. State tried an onside kick that North Carolina recovered on its 49. The Tar Heels scored in 10 plays, the touchdown coming on a one-yard run by Burrus with 10:38 left in the third quarter.
Tearful Wolfpack Coach Monte Kiffin admitted, "All I can say, I called that one (the onside kick). There've been other disappointments, but not like this one. I'm just sick." The Wolfpack is now 4-2.
Later in the third quarter, Tar Heel linebacker Darrell Nicholson recovered a fumble by Wolfpack tailback Joe McIntosh on the Wolfpack 24. Five plays later Anthony took it in from five yards to put North Carolina ahead to stay.