North Carolina 31, TCU 10
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) _ Chris Keldorf’s two fourth-quarter touchdown passes crushed a Texas Christian rally and fifth-ranked North Carolina escaped with a 31-10 victory Saturday night.
Keldorf, who got the start only because Oscar Davenport was nursing a knee injury, completed 25-of-41 passes 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.
Texas Christian converted two fumbles into 10 fourth-quarter points to scare the Tar Heels (5-0). Trailing 17-0, the Horned Frogs (0-4) got a 32-yard field goal from Michael Reeder and a 5-yard touchdown pass from Jeff Dover to Torrie Simmons.
Keldorf drove the Tar Heels 70 yards in eight plays and tossed an 11-yard TD to Alge Crumpler to wreck TCU’s surprisingly spirited bid for an upset.
He then clinched the win with a 39-yard TD pass to Octavus Barnes as North Carolina extended its winning streak to seven.
Mike Jeter contributed 43 yards on four carries in the pivotal fourth-quarter scoring march and Keldorf used the pass in guiding Carolina 65 yards in five plays for the final TD.
Coasting along in the fourth period with the 17-point cushion, the Tar Heels’ L.C. Stevens fumbled and LeVar Veale recovered 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.
But Keldorf quickly 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 Frogs sacked Keldorf on three successive plays for a total loss of 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.