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Fourth quarter shortened during North Carolina’s blowout of Old Dominion

Graham Watson
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Old Dominion couldn't just forfeit in the final quarter of what would ultimately be a 80-20 rout by North Carolina - that would send a bad message to the team - so it agreed to move things along as quickly as it could.

Oddly, Old Dominion led the game 10-7 early in the in the game and it was just a 14-13 North Carolina lead at the end of the first quarter.

But that’s when the floodgates opened. The Tar Heels scored five touchdowns in the second quarter and then a sixth in the third quarter before Old Dominion was able to get back on the board.

North Carolina would go on to score four more times in the third quarter before the decision to shorten the fourth quarter was made.

The Tar Heels racked up 723 yards and were pretty balanced offensively with 408 yards passing and 315 rushing. Quarterback Marquise Williams, who stepped in a few weeks ago when senior Bryn Renner was injured, threw for all the passing yards and five scores.

This is the second time we've seen a shortened game this season. Miami's rout of Savannah State had its fourth quarter shortened to 12 minutes earlier this year.

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