Final Score: North Carolina 24, Rutgers 22

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North Carolina 24, Rutgers 22 Final Score: Scarlet Knights Edged By Tar Heels

The Rutgers University football program put up a nice effort Saturday afternoon, but fell just short in a non-conference loss, 24-22, at the University of North Carolina. Sophomore quarterback Chas Dodd completed 25-of-47 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns, while the Scarlet Knights defense forced five turnovers -- three interceptions and two fumbles -- but it wasn't enough.

UNC (2-0) used two big plays in the first quarter -- a 66-yard TD reception by senior wide receiver Dwight Jones and a 60-yard rushing TD by true freshman running back Giovani Bernard -- to take an early 14-6 lead. In the second half, RU used a 19-yard field goal from San San Te to close the deficit to 17-15, but Bernard added another rushing TD -- this time from six yards out -- to help push the lead up to 24-15 with 1:12 to play in the third quarter.

In the fourth, the Scarlet Knights (1-1) pulled back to within two points, 24-22, after senior wide receiver Tim Wright caught a five-yard TD pass from Dodd and San Te kicked an extra point. On the next RU possession, the Scarlet Knights failed to move the ball out of their own territory. From there, UNC used four plays and a five-yard offsides penalty from RU to run down the clock.




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North Carolina 14, Rutgers 12 Halftime Score: Big Plays Help Tar Heels Take Lead Into Halftime

Sophomore quarterback Chas Dodd has been efficient in the first half for the Rutgers University football program, but the Scarlet Knights defense and special teams have not been able to stop the big play of the University of North Carolina, which leads 17-12 at halftime in a non-conference game in Chapel Hill, N.C. Dodd finished the first half completing 10-of-24 passes for 83 yards and a 19-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, which came with 19 second remaining in the second quarter and cut the RU deficit to 14-12.

However, on the ensuing RU kick off, UNC junior wide receiver T.J. Thorpe ran 59 yards to the Scarlet Knight 35-yard line. After a six-yard screen pass from sophomore quarterback Bryn Renner to freshman running back Giovani Bernard, Tar Heels kicker Casey Barth nailed a 46-yard field goal to help UNC take a 17-12 advantage into halftime.

The Tar Heels first score of the game came on a 66-yard TD pass from Renner to senior Dwight Jones, which helped make it 7-0. After a pair of field goals by RU kicker San San Te, which came early in the second quarter, UNC's Bernard ran 60 yards into the end zone to help make it 14-6 with 9:26 remaining in the half.

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