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North Carolina versus Citadel postgame notes

Posted Sunday, September 6, 2009

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Chapel Hill, NC - Postgame notes about the North Carolina versus Citadel football game.

• North Carolina won its third straight opener to improve to 3-0 in the season's first game under Butch Davis. Davis evened his record in Chapel Hill at 13-13 with the victory. This is the first time UNC has won three straight season openers since winning six in a row from 1989 to 1994.

• The 40 points were the most by the Tar Heels in a season opener since they beat William and Mary, 49-38, to open the 2004 season.

• The 34-point margin of victory was Carolina's largest under Butch Davis and the largest since a 35-point win over Duke (52-17) on Nov. 17, 2001. It was UNC's largest margin of victory in the first game of the season since a 45-0 win over Clemson on Aug. 31, 1996.

• Led by Shaun Draughn's 118 yards, the Tar Heels rushed for 261 yards for the biggest ground effort under Butch Davis. Carolina last broke the 200-yard mark against Duke in 2006 and the 261 are the Tar Heels' most since they had 285 against Duke in 2004.

• Carolina held The Citadel to 30 rushing yards on 20 carries. That is the fewest rushing yards allowed by a Butch Davis defense at UNC and the fewest by any UNC opponent since NC State gained only 13 yards on 28 attempts on September 24, 2005.

• The Tar Heels forced four turnovers (three interceptions, one fumble) for the first time since forcing five in last year's win over Notre Dame. Carolina picked off three passes for the first time since last year's victory over Boston College.

• Carolina's halftime lead of 23-0 was the largest since a 27-0 lead over the Miami Hurricanes at Kenan Stadium Oct. 6, 2007.

• Junior quarterback T.J. Yates went 9-for-20 for 114 yards and made a move up several of Carolina's career passing lists. He is now fourth in completions with 308 and is fifth in passing yards with 3,937.

• Yates tossed two touchdown passes and recorded his eighth career multiple TD passing game.

• Junior tailback Shaun Draughn rushed for 118 yards on 20 carries for his fourth career 100-yard game and his second-best career total, trailing only his career high of 138 yards at Virginia last season.

• Junior wide receiver Johnny White scored his first career touchdown on an 18-yard pass from T.J. Yates in the second quarter.

• Junior wide receiver Greg Little scored his first receiving touchdown since 2007 and the second of his career with a 21-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter. Little finished with two catches for 31 yards.

• Junior tailback Ryan Houston ran for two scores for the second time in his career (first since Georgia Tech last season) and now has 11 career rushing touchdowns. Houston had 5-yard run in the second quarter to equal his longest career TD and added a 3-yard run in the third.

• Junior safety Deunta Williams recorded his first career multi-interception game with the seventh and eighth picks of his career in the first half, and junior corner Charles Brown added the fourth interception of his career in the second period. Carolina was eighth nationally with 20 interceptions a year ago.

• The Tar Heels' pair of punt returners both recorded career-best efforts, as Da'Norris Searcy posted a 77-yarder for a score on just on just the third return of his career in the first quarter, and Kendric Burney added a 21-yarder in the second quarter for his career long.

• Searcy's punt return for a TD was the first for the Tar Heels since Matt Merletti returned a blocked punt return versus Connecticut last year. The last true punt return by UNC was from Brandon Tate return against McNeese State in the 2008 opener.

• True freshman wide receiver Joshua Adams, sophomore linebacker Zach Brown, redshirt freshman left guard Jonathan Cooper, junior right tackle Mike Ingersoll, junior safety Da'Norris Searcy and junior punter Grant Shallock all made their first career starts for North Carolina.

• Eleven (11) true freshmen played tonight for the Tar Heels, including WR Joshua Adams, TB A.J. Blue, OG Travis Bond, WR Jheranie Boyd, RB Hunter Furr, WR Erik Highsmith, DE Donte Paige-Moss, LB Shane Mularkey, LB Kevin Reddick, CB Gene Robinson and OT Brennan Williams. UNC played nine true freshmen during the 2008 season and 11 in 2007.

• Redshirt freshman quarterback Braden Hanson saw his first collegiate action, as did OG Jonathan Cooper, OT Sam Ellis, LB Dion Guy, WR Todd Harrelson, P Grant Shallock and RB Jamal Womble.

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North Carolina versus Citadel postgame notes
Junior quarterback T.J. Yates went 9-for-20 for 114 yards.
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