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Ratliff-Williams stars as North Carolina trips up Pitt 34-31

PITTSBURGH (AP) Anthony Ratliff-Williams slipped his silver headphones off his ears and, asked innocently how he was feeling, replied ''I'm tired.''

Hard to blame him.

The North Carolina wide receiver returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, threw for another on a trick play and hauled in the eventual go-ahead score midway through the fourth quarter as the Tar Heels ended a six-game losing streak with a 34-31 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday.

''It's been too long,'' North Carolina quarterback Nathan Elliott said. ''We haven't had that feeling in a long time. You walk in the locker room, you think we're 12-0.''

Not exactly. Though it doesn't seem to matter where the Tar Heels (2-8, 1-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) are at when they face the Panthers. North Carolina is 5-0 against Pitt since the Panthers joined the ACC in 2013.

Last season, the Tar Heels needed a touchdown throw on the final snap to hold off Pitt. This time, the deciding score came a bit sooner. Ratliff-Williams hauled in a 3-yard flip from Elliott with 6:18 left to bookend an electric night for the sophomore wide receiver.

Ratliff-Williams accounted for 230 all-purpose yards for the Tar Heels. He ran through a sea of arm tackles 98 yards to the end zone on the opening kickoff, floated a 35-yard score to Josh Cabrera in the second quarter before catching Elliott's second touchdown pass as North Carolina beat a Power Five conference team for the first time in 369 days.

''You go on the road in the ACC and win here, that's a tough thing to do,'' Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora said. ''I'm proud of those guys. It's something they can build off of. The staff and the seniors have done a great job of keeping them close and keeping them believing. Good things are starting to happen.''

Nathan Elliott completed 20 of 31 passes for 235 yards and two scores in his first start.

''He did exactly what Nathan Elliott can do,'' Fedora said. ''He's been such a great teammate, biding his time, working his butt off, never saying a word, waiting for his opportunity and when his opportunity has come up, he's made something out of it.''

Darrin Hall ran for 121 yards and four touchdowns for Pitt (4-6, 2-4), but the Panthers saw their modest two-game winning streak come to an end and now face an uphill battle if they want to lock down a bowl berth for a 10th consecutive year. Pitt finishes the regular season against No. 17 Virginia Tech and No. 7 Miami.

''I don't really know how to explain it,'' Panthers coach Pat Narduzzi said. ''We talk all the time about taking it. We found a way to give it away.''

PIVOTAL PLAY

The Panthers appeared ready to move in front late in the first half when wide receiver Quadree Henderson darted for the pylon on a jet sweep. Instead, North Carolina's J.K. Britt stripped Henderson before he crossed the goal line . Linebacker Cayson Collins scooped it up and raced 64 yards. Freeman Jones hit a career-best 51-yard field goal to give the Tar Heels a 24-17 lead going into the break.

''That's a 10-point swing,'' Fedora said. ''That's a huge play in the game.''

PLAYING KEEPAWAY

Elliott wasn't told he was starting until Wednesday, but Fedora made one simple plea to an offense that had committed 20 turnovers coming in: hold on to the ball. The Tar Heels did and rolled up 366 total yards. North Carolina also did something it has struggled with all season, finishing off an opponent. Pitt punted with 2:54 left and North Carolina ran out the clock.

''We said if it was 10:30 at night and we didn't turn the ball over we'd be happy,'' Fedora said. ''That's what (Elliott) did, he took care of the football.''

HUGE HALL

Hall has effectively put the starting running back spot on lock down. His four touchdowns were the most by a Panther since James Conner scored four times in a loss to the Tar Heels in 2014. Hall has gone over 100 yards in each of his last three games.

THE TAKEAWAY

UNC: Elliott likely deserves another look. The sophomore needs work as a passer but his mobility kept Pitt's improved pass rush in check for long stretches. He was at his best late while leading the Tar Heels on the late drive that put them ahead to stay.

Pitt: The Panthers are going to need something miraculous to keep their bowl streak alive. Virginia Tech and Miami will both have something significant to play for and Pitt will need to win both if it wants to extend its' season beyond the day after Thanksgiving.

UP NEXT

UNC: Welcomes Western Carolina to Chapel Hill on Nov. 18.

Pitt: travels to No. 17 Virginia Tech on Nov. 18.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:18
98-F.Jones extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
34
31
Touchdown 6:18
11-N.Elliott complete to 17-A.Ratliff-Williams. 17-A.Ratliff-Williams runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
58
yds
02:15
pos
33
31
Point After TD 13:16
97-A.Kessman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
31
Touchdown 13:16
22-D.Hall runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
10
plays
90
yds
03:17
pos
27
30
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:33
98-F.Jones 48 yards Field Goal is Good.
14
plays
44
yds
06:05
pos
27
24
Point After TD 9:38
97-A.Kessman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
24
Touchdown 9:38
22-D.Hall runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
75
yds
05:22
pos
24
23
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:37
98-F.Jones 51 yards Field Goal is Good.
3
plays
0
yds
00:23
pos
24
17
Point After TD 4:36
98-F.Jones extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
17
Touchdown 4:36
17-A.Ratliff-Williams complete to 13-J.Cabrera. 13-J.Cabrera runs 35 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
87
yds
05:16
pos
20
17
Point After TD 9:58
97-A.Kessman extra point is good. Team penalty on NC Offside declined.
plays
yds
pos
14
17
Touchdown 9:58
22-D.Hall runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
6
plays
38
yds
03:01
pos
14
16
Point After TD 14:14
97-A.Kessman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
10
Touchdown 14:14
22-D.Hall runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
49
yds
00:34
pos
14
9
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:32
98-F.Jones extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
3
Touchdown 6:32
11-N.Elliott complete to 82-B.Fritts. 82-B.Fritts runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
66
yds
01:47
pos
13
3
Field Goal 12:24
97-A.Kessman 42 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
36
yds
02:20
pos
7
3
Point After TD 14:44
98-F.Jones extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 14:44
97-A.Kessman kicks 63 yards from PIT 35. 17-A.Ratliff-Williams runs 98 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
63
yds
00:16
pos
6
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 21 25
Rushing 5 14
Passing 15 8
Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Conv 5-12 4-9
4th Down Conv 1-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 353 389
Total Plays 64 62
Avg Gain 5.5 6.3
Net Yards Rushing 96 267
Rush Attempts 32 45
Avg Rush Yards 3.0 5.9
Net Yards Passing 257 122
Comp. - Att. 21-32 11-17
Yards Per Pass 8.0 7.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-13 3-20
Penalties - Yards 7-65 1-15
Touchdowns 4 4
Rushing TDs 0 4
Passing TDs 3 0
Other 1 0
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 3-31.3 4-46.0
Return Yards 128 16
Punts - Returns 2-8 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-120 1-16
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 6/7 5/5
Extra Points 4/4 4/4
Field Goals 2/3 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
North Carolina 2-8 14103734
Pittsburgh 4-6 3147731
257 PASS YDS 122
96 RUSH YDS 267
353 TOTAL YDS 389
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
N. Elliott 11 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.5% 235 2 0 149.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.5% 235 2 0 149.5
N. Elliott 20/31 235 2 0
A. Ratliff-Williams 17 WR
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 35 1 0 724.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
75% 86 2 0 420.6
A. Ratliff-Williams 1/1 35 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Brown 2 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 70 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
119 529 3
J. Brown 15 70 0 23
M. Carter 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 24 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
73 427 7
M. Carter 6 24 0 10
N. Elliott 11 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 10 0
N. Elliott 9 10 0 8
R. Johnson 85 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -6 0
R. Johnson 1 -6 0 -6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
A. Ratliff-Williams 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 75 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 411 4
A. Ratliff-Williams 5 75 1 40
D. Newsome 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 46 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 190 0
D. Newsome 5 46 0 13
J. Cabrera 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 44 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 74 1
J. Cabrera 2 44 1 35
J. Brown 2 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 43 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
26 219 0
J. Brown 2 43 0 24
B. Fritts 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 23 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 137 3
B. Fritts 3 23 1 16
J. Cunningham 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 274 0
J. Cunningham 2 23 0 17
B. Corrales 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 99 2
B. Corrales 2 16 0 11
R. Johnson 85 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 90 0
R. Johnson 0 0 0 0
M. Carter 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 36 0
M. Carter 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Holcomb 36 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
C. Holcomb 7-2 0.0 0
K. Sails 9 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
K. Sails 6-0 0.0 0
M. Carney 53 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
M. Carney 4-1 1.0 0
C. Collins 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
C. Collins 4-2 0.0 0
J. Britt 29 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
J. Britt 4-2 0.0 0
M. Stewart 6 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
M. Stewart 4-0 0.0 0
D. Drennon 17 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Drennon 3-0 0.0 0
M. Dorn 1 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
M. Dorn 3-0 0.0 0
T. Fox 12 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
T. Fox 3-0 1.0 0
A. Crawford 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
A. Crawford 2-0 0.0 0
M. Wolfolk 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
M. Wolfolk 2-0 0.0 0
P. Rene 5 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
P. Rene 1-0 0.0 0
J. Clarke 49 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Clarke 1-0 0.0 0
J. Dalton 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
J. Dalton 1-1 1.0 0
J. Strowbridge 55 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Strowbridge 1-0 0.0 0
H. Crafford 30 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
H. Crafford 1-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
F. Jones 98 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 4/4
SEASON FG XP
8/13 26/26
F. Jones 2/3 51 4/4 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
T. Sheldon 39 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 31.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
45 45.8 1
T. Sheldon 3 31.3 1 41
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Ratliff-Williams 17 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 60.0 98 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
30 27.9 98 1
A. Ratliff-Williams 2 60.0 98 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Stewart 6 CB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 4.0 7 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 9.7 7 0
M. Stewart 2 4.0 7 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. DiNucci 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.7% 142 0 0 134.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56% 1037 4 4 117.5
B. DiNucci 11/17 142 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
D. Hall 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
23 121 4
SEASON ATT YDS TD
103 594 9
D. Hall 23 121 4 17
B. DiNucci 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 83 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
55 126 1
B. DiNucci 14 83 0 31
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 42 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 202 0
Q. Henderson 5 42 0 18
M. Ffrench 2 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 64 0
M. Ffrench 1 20 0 20
C. Moss 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
42 116 2
C. Moss 1 3 0 3
J. Whitehead 9 DB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 145 1
J. Whitehead 1 -2 0 -2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Ffrench 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 35 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 214 0
M. Ffrench 3 35 0 17
D. Hall 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 89 1
D. Hall 1 30 0 30
C. Clark 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 86 1
C. Clark 2 26 0 15
J. Weah 85 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
31 514 4
J. Weah 2 25 0 15
Q. Ollison 37 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
19 166 1
Q. Ollison 2 16 0 9
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 150 0
Q. Henderson 1 10 0 10
R. Araujo-Lopes 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
37 461 1
R. Araujo-Lopes 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Whitehead 9 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 1 0.0
J. Whitehead 9-0 0.0 0
S. Brightwell 39 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-1 1 1.0
S. Brightwell 9-1 1.0 0
O. Idowu 23 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 2.0
O. Idowu 5-0 2.0 0
D. Hamlin 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
D. Hamlin 4-0 0.0 0
E. Zeise 25 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
E. Zeise 3-0 0.0 0
D. Jackson 11 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
D. Jackson 3-0 0.0 0
A. Edwards 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
A. Edwards 2-1 0.0 0
K. Camp 10 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Camp 2-0 0.0 0
J. Pinnock 15 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Pinnock 2-1 0.0 0
R. Weaver 17 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
R. Weaver 2-0 0.0 0
P. Motley 32 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
P. Motley 2-0 0.0 0
D. Briggs 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 1 0.0
D. Briggs 1-2 0.0 0
D. Hendrix 8 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Hendrix 1-0 0.0 0
B. Garner 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
B. Garner 1-0 0.0 0
A. Watts 34 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
A. Watts 1-1 0.0 0
P. Jones II 91 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
P. Jones II 0-1 0.0 0
M. Herndon 66 OL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
M. Herndon 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Kessman 97 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
10/17 29/29
A. Kessman 1/1 42 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Winslow 18 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 46.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
47 44.1 2
R. Winslow 4 46.0 2 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 16.0 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
23 20.6 16 0
Q. Henderson 1 16.0 16 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PITT 35 0:16 1 63 TD
12:19 UNC 25 2:01 5 18 Punt
8:19 UNC 34 1:47 5 66 TD
2:59 UNC 13 2:03 4 7 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:14 UNC 25 1:06 3 -1 Punt
9:52 UNC 23 5:16 12 77 TD
1:00 PITT 34 0:23 3 0 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:38 UNC 25 6:05 14 52 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:16 UNC 25 2:49 7 34 FG Miss
8:33 UNC 42 2:15 8 58 TD
2:54 UNC 13 2:24 8 55 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:44 PITT 25 2:20 7 51 FG
10:07 PITT 18 1:40 3 -1 Punt
6:27 PITT 16 3:21 5 24 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:48 UNC 49 0:34 4 49 TD
12:59 UNC 38 3:01 6 38 TD
4:36 PITT 25 3:22 8 75 Fumble
0:30 PITT 25 0:29 3 54 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PITT 25 5:22 9 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
3:27 PITT 25 3:17 10 75 TD
10:22 PITT 26 1:37 3 -2 Punt
6:18 PITT 25 3:14 7 16 Punt