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No. 5 North Carolina 31, Texas Christian 10

October 5, 1997

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ TCU threw a scare into No. 5 North Carolina only to have the Tar Heels’ Chris Keldorf do some throwing of his own.

TCU (0-4) converted two fumbles into 10 fourth-quarter punts to pull within a touchdown of the heavily favored Tar Heels (5-0) but Keldorf threw two scoring passes to torpedo the rally.

``We got too many easy points early and got complacent and we stood around a little in the second half,″ North Carolina coach Mack Brown said.

``They started coming back and we had to get out there and do what we had to do,″ Keldorf said. ``We threw it well tonight.″

TCU coach Pat Sullivan, whose Frogs are off to their worst start in his six years at the helm, said the Tar Heels played like a highly ranked team.

``That’s why they won the game,″ he said.

``I am not into moral victories,″ Sullivan said, ``but Mack Brown told me our team outfought them for 60 minutes. Coming from him, I take that as a great compliment.″

Trailing 17-0 in the final period, the Horned Frogs got a 32-yard field goal from Michael Reeder and a 5-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Dover to Torrie Simmons and trailed by seven with 11:39 left.

But Keldorf drove the Tar Heels 70 yards in eight plays and tossed an 11-yard scoring pass to tight end Alge Crumpler. He then finished the Horned Frogs with a 39-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Octavus Barnes as North Carolina extended its winning streak to seven.

Keldorf, who got the start only because Oscar Davenport was nursing a knee injury, completed 25-of-41 for a school-record 415 yards and three touchdowns.

That broke the record of 406 yards set by Mark Maye against Georgia Tech in 1987.

Na Brown was the leading receiver with nine catches for 145 yards.

Tar Heels tailback Mike Jeter contributed 43 yards on four carries in the pivotal fourth-quarter scoring march and Keldorf used the airways in guiding Carolina 65 yards in five plays for the final TD.

Coasting along in the fourth period with a 17-point cushion, the Tar Heels coughed up the ball on L.C. Stevens’ fumble and LeVar Veale’s recovery at the Carolina 28. Five plays later Reeder got his field goal.

On the ensuing kickoff, Anton Black fumbled and TCU’s Cedric James jumped on it at the Tar Heels 30. At the 5, Dover rifled a pass to Simmons at the 1 and he fell into the end zone.

Keldorf then silenced the noisy crowd of 29,412.

The Tar Heels jumped to a 10-0 lead on Chris McGee’s 37-yard field goal and Jonathan Linton’s 2-yard touchdown burst with 3:27 left in the first quarter.

Keldorf guided Carolina 71 yards in six plays for the second TD that came on a 35-yard pass to Stevens, who worked himself open inside the TCU 10.

Cornerback Barry Browning picked off Keldorf’s pass to torpedo another scoring threat, intercepting at the TCU 18 and returning it to the 32. The blitzing Frogs defense sacked Keldorf on three successive plays for a combined 20 yards after the Tar Heels moved to the 12 in the final seconds of the first half.

With time running out, McGee’s hurried 49-yard field goal attempt never had a chance and the Tar Heels settled for a 17-0 halftime lead.

The fiesty young TCU defense allowed Carolina a grand total of three rushing yards in the first half but Keldorf was 17-of-26 for 251 yards at that point.

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