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             === Switzer, UNC take down Cincinnati in Charlotte ===
 Charlotte,  NC  ( -  Freshman  Ryan  Switzer tied  the  NCAA
 single-season record with his fifth punt return for a touchdown, and the North
 Carolina  Tar Heels posted a 39-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bearcats in the
 Belk Bowl.
 Switzer  matched  the  mark  Chad  Owens  set with  Hawaii  in  2004  with  an
 electrifying  86-yard run  in  the third  quarter, one  of  two special  teams
 touchdowns by North Carolina.
 Romar  Morris had two rushing touchdowns for the Tar Heels (7-6), who had lost
 their three previous appearances in this Charlotte-based bowl game when it was
 formerly  known  as the Continental Tire  Bowl (2004) and the Meineke Car Care
 Bowl (2008-09).
 The  triumph  capped a huge  turnaround for the Tar  Heels, who began the year
 "At  1-5, nobody  thought we would be  sitting here today. But these guys kept
 believing and got it done," UNC head coach Larry Fedora said.
 Marquise Williams was 19-of-33 for 171 yards with one touchdown pass and added
 46 yards on the ground.
 Brendon  Kay finished  with 181 yards and one interception on 15-of-35 passing
 for Cincinnati (9-4).
 "This is not the way (the seniors) wanted to go out," Kay said.
 The  Tar Heels  built  a  comfortable second-half  lead,  but the  opportunity
 presented itself for Cincinnati to create doubt in the game's outcome.
 Cincinnati  had just closed  the gap to 36-17 early in the fourth quarter when
 T.J.  Thorpe  fumbled  while  returning  the  subsequent  kick.  The  Bearcats
 recovered  at the North Carolina 6-yard line. However, on fourth down, a wide-
 open  Shaq Washington had Kay's high throw go off his hands in the left corner
 of the end zone.
 The  next Tar  Heel drive  consumed nine-plus  minutes and  ended with  Thomas
 Moore's  40-yard  field goal,  the same  distance from which  he missed in the
 first quarter.
 The  Tar  Heels were unable  to capitalize on  an early special teams mistake.
 After  North  Carolina went  three-and-out  to  begin the  game,  Cincinnati's
 Anthony  McClung  fumbled the punt.  Moore was wide  right after the Tar Heels
 failed to get a first down again.
 North  Carolina reached the  end zone on its next drive as Morris ran for a 2-
 yard TD on 3rd-and-goal.
 Later  in the  first quarter, Kareem Martin and Brandon Ellerbe combined for a
 sack of Kay in the end zone for a safety. T.J. Logan then returned the ensuing
 kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown and 16-0 North Carolina lead.
 A  34-yard Tony  Miliano field  goal put  Cincinnati on  the board  inside the
 opening  minute  of the  second quarter,  but Jack  Tabb's 3-yard TD reception
 extended the Tar Heels' lead to 23-3 at halftime.
 Switzer  tied  Owens' record with just  over four minutes elapsed in the third
 The  Bearcats had success  running the ball on the opening drive of the second
 half,  advancing  to the North  Carolina 43. However,  Kay was sacked on third
 down and Cincinnati punted to Switzer, who broke free for the touchdown.
 A missed extra point kept the Tar Heels' lead at 29-3.
 After   Cincinnati's   Ralph  Abernathy  and  Morris  traded  touchdown  runs,
 Washington  took  over at quarterback in  the wildcat and closed out the third
 quarter with a 52-yard run. Washington ran for a 10-yard TD on the second play
 of the fourth quarter.
                                   Game Notes
 Kay set a Cincinnati single-season record with 262 completions ... Logan paced
 North  Carolina's ground game with 77 yards on 15 carries ... Abernathy rushed
 13  times for 67 yards ... The Bearcats played in the Belk Bowl for the second
 consecutive season after posting a 48-34 victory over Duke last December.
 12/29 02:28:13 ET

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