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In 80-20 win, UNC nearly outscored basketball team on Saturday

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Ryan Switzer recorded his fourth punt return touchdown of the season against ODU. (USATSI)
Ryan Switzer recorded his fourth punt return touchdown of the season against ODU. (USATSI)

North Carolina set school records for points and touchdowns in a 80-20 win against Old Dominion on Saturday.

The Tar Heels held a 14-13 lead at the end of the first quarter, but a 35-0 second quarter and 31-7 third quarter run that was capped with a Ryan Switzer punt return touchdown -- his fourth in three games, tying the ACC single-season record.

Teams that scored 80 (Since 2000)
ResultYear
Oklahoma State 84, Savannah State 02012
Wisconsin 83, Indiana 202010
North Carolina 80, Old Dominion 202013
Florida State 80, Idaho 142013
West Virginia 80, Rutgers 72001

The 80 point performance fell just short of Clemson's 82 in 1981 against Wake Forest, and just short of matching the point total of North Carolina's basketball team on Saturday.

While Larry Fedora's team was battling an opponent from Virginia on the field in Chapel Hill, Roy Williams' Tar Heels were tipping off against Richmond in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament in Connecticut. The basketball team pulled out a 82-72 victory, just narrowly topping the football team's output.

After Switzer's punt return touchdown gave the Tar Heels a 80-20 lead, both Larry Fedora and ODU coach Bobby Wilder agreed to play a shortened, 10-minute fourth quarter. The Tar Heels' backups had a chance to score with a field goal late in the fourth, but opted to run the clock out.

After starting the season 1-5, North Carolina clinched bowl eligibility with the win against Old Dominion. The turnaround has also positioned the Tar Heels to earn a share of the ACC's Coastal Division with a victory against Duke next week, but the tiebreakers will keep the team from earning a bid to the ACC Championship Game.

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