North Carolina 49,
William & Mary 38
Ronnie McGill's left hip hurt badly enough that he twice left the sideline and went to the locker room Saturday.
Luckily for North Carolina, he came back in time to help the Tar Heels avoid a stunning start to the season.
McGill rushed for three fourth-quarter touchdowns and the Tar Heels rallied from a 10-point third-quarter deficit to beat Division I-AA William & Mary, 49-38, giving Coach John Bunting his first season-opening win in four attempts.
McGill rushed for 133 yards, 100 coming in the final quarter as the Tar Heels scored 21 straight points to go ahead. He did that despite suffering a hip pointer from being hit with a helmet on his second carry.
"I guess my adrenaline started pumping and I didn't feel it anymore," McGill said, admitting that his hip hurt as he talked to reporters after the game.
Jacque Lewis rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown, part of a potent offense that had 575 total yards -- 341 on the ground. It was the first time in 10 years that two Tar Heels backs have rushed for more than 100 yards in the same game.
Chad Scott added 75 rushing yards and a touchdown, and Darian Durant threw for two scores for North Carolina.
Those offensive numbers allowed the Tar Heels to overcome a disastrous first half, in which they committed four turnovers and trailed by 10 at the break.