North Carolina 22, Army 9
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) _ Natrone Means, slowed by a stomach virus this week, rushed for 102 yards and scored three touchdowns as North Carolina beat Army 22-9 on Saturday to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 1983.
The Tar Heels had the game well in hand until a pair of fourth-quarter fumbles 2 1/2 minutes apart allowed the Cadets (1-1) back into the contest.
Mike Faulkerson’s fumble at the North Carolina 32 with 11:31 left led to a 36-yard field goal by Patmon Malcom.
Randy Jordan then fumbled the kickoff at the Tar Heels 35. Akili King scored on a 4-yard run nine plays later - the first rushing touchdown North Carolina has surrendered in 20 quarters - to make it 15-9.
However, the Tar Heels marched 82 yards on 12 running plays, eating up 4:45, to secure the victory. Means, who has six touchdowns in the first three games, gained 26 yards in the drive, capped by his 3-yard burst around left end with 3:25 remaining.
Means, who missed practice Thursday, also scored on 1- and 11-yard runs in the second quarter.
In addition to the two fumbles, the mistake-prone Tar Heels threw an interception, had a high snap that was fumbled on a 19-yard field goal attempt and failed on a fourth-and-goal play at the 2 when quarterback Jason Stanicek dropped the snap.
Corey Holliday extended his school-record string to 25 games with a reception.
The game began in a driving rainstorm and was later delayed 31 minutes midway through the opening quarter because of lightning.
Army crossed midfield once in the first three quarters and was held to 72 yards in the first half.