CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Mikell Simpson ran for the game-clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter while Virginia's defense turned in a dominating performance to beat North Carolina 16-3 on Saturday.
Robert Randolph kicked three field goals for the Cavaliers (1-3, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who came out of a bye week with a desperately needed win after a terrible start to the season. The Cavs didn't need much offense the way their defense locked down on the Tar Heels' offense, holding North Carolina (3-2, 0-2) to 174 total yards.
Simpson ran for 100 yards while Jameel Sewell threw for just 136, but the Cavaliers avoided momentum-killing turnovers and kept the Tar Heels playing catch-up all day.
T.J. Yates threw for just 135 yards and had an interception that led to Simpson's touchdown with 5:49 left, while the Tar Heels managed just 39 yards rushing.
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Just into the second quarter and the Tarheels have yet to score and UVA has managed to get 3 points on the board.
By the end of the half UVA has 6 to the Tarheels 0 but that didnt last for long. Out of the half in the third quartrer the Tarheels put 3 on the board to narrow the lead UVA has to 6-3.
Now in the second half UVA adds another field goal to make it 9-3 over UNC.
With minutes remaining in the game UVA widens the lead to 16-3 over the Tarheels.
Final score UVA takes UNC 16-3 .
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