Michael Carter, Javonte Williams combine to set NCAA rushing record in UNC’s blowout of Miami

By | December 12, 2020

All season long, Michael Carter and Javonte Williams have boasted about being the best rushing duo in the country. They certainly played like it as they led North Carolina to a 62-26 blowout victory at No. 10 Miami (Fla.) on Saturday.

Carter piled up 24 carries for 308 yards (12.8 yards per attempt) and two touchdowns while Williams added 23 carries for 236 yards (10.3 yards per rush) and three touchdowns. Their 544 combined yards are an NCAA record for most rushing yards by two teammates in a single game. The previous mark was set earlier in the season by Buffalo’s Jaret Patterson and Kevin Marks against Kent State.

Carter and Williams make quite the tandem for the Tar Heels. Carter is the “Lightning,” often used on the perimeter to stretch the defense. He showed that early with a 65-yard touchdown near the end of the first quarter to give UNC a 21-3 lead.

He also showed off his elusiveness with a nice cutback on this 25-yard score:

Williams is the LenDale White to Carter’s Reggie Bush, often playing the role of “Thunder” as he runs between the tackles and through defenders. All three of his touchdowns came near the goal line, but his best run of the game came on this “Beast Mode”-esque run in which he shook off seven Miami players before finally being brought down for a 43-yard gain.

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Carter and Williams stole the show from Heels quarterback Sam Howell, who didn’t have much to do apart from handing the ball off. Still, Howell had a pretty efficient day at the office: 14-of-19 passing (73.7 percent) for 223 yards and one touchdown. He also added a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown on a “Chapel Hilly Special” to complete the hat trick.

Wide receiver Dyami Brown also managed to have an explosive stat line with four catches for 167 yards, becoming the first player in school history to have multiple seasons of 1,000 yards receiving.

With the big win, North Carolina (8-3) is now in a position to earn a bid to the Orange Bowl if both Notre Dame and Clemson make it to the College Football Playoff. This comes in Mack Brown’s second year back as the Tar Heels’ head coach. They had won just five games total in the two seasons prior to his arrival in 2019.