Marshall Falls to UNC, 20-15

Updated 9/23/2000
Marshall's Nate Poole (3) tries to leap through the grasp of North Carolina's Sedrick Hodge (52) after catching a pass from Marshall's Byron Leftwich. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) (Sept. 23, 2000) -- Ronald Curry threw for 292 yards, including a pair of fourth-quarter scoring passes in a span of 2:22, as North Carolina beat Marshall 20-15 Sept. 23.

Curry, who was 24-for-39, shook off a pair of third-quarter interceptions deep in Marshall territory and found Kory Bailey over the middle with 12:05 remaining as the Tar Heels (3-1) took a 13-9 lead.

After holding the Thundering Herd (1-2) on three plays, Curry hit a wide open Bosley Allen from 49 yards out and North Carolina went up 20-9 to gain some breathing room.

The game was delayed 13 minutes with 7:50 left when two banks of lights went out. The officials decided to continue play despite the outage and Marshall went 49 yards on two plays to narrow the gap.

However, the Tar Heels ran out the final 7:09, getting five first downs as Marshall had wasted all of its timeouts earlier in the half.

North Carolina's Sam Aiken (88) hauls in a pass from Ronald Curry while being guarded by Marshall's Danny Derricott (8) in the first half. (AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)
North Carolina took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove to the Marshall 15. But Doug Hodges wrestled the ball away from Allen in the end zone for his third interception of the season, ending the threat.

Curry was then intercepted late in the third quarter at the Marshall 24 on a fourth-and-2 play as North Carolina's offense fizzled yet again after dominating the period.

Byron Leftwich was sacked three times in the first half as the Tar Heels built a 6-3 lead on field goals of 48 and 39 yards by Jeff Reed.

But the sophomore quarterback drove the Thundering Herd 74 yards in 1:49 near the end of the half to go up 9-6.

Leftwich completed five straight passes in the march, the last one a 27-yarder to Darius Watts, who had slipped behind cornerback Errol Hood in the end zone. The extra point was blocked.

It appeared Marshall was in good shape to go up 10-0 early when Allen fumbled a reception deep in North Carolina territory. But the officials ruled the pass incomplete. Television replays showed Allen had possession and then lost the ball.