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It took a half, but NC State’s younger players were able to overcome a jittery start in the Wolfpack’s 24-23 win over Georgia Southern.

Despite the pressure of Saturday’s season opener, running back becomes first Mountaineers player in 40 years to rush for 100 yards in debut

UNC coach Larry Fedora did something different on Monday, though, and said, basically, that Marquise Williams is the team’s firm starter. Williams, a fourth-year junior, started on Saturday against Liberty. He accounted for four touchdowns – two passing and two running – but also threw two interceptions during the Tar Heels’ 56-29 victory against the Flames.

After blowing by NC Central 52-7 in their season opener on Saturday, the Pirates (1-0) will head to Columbia, SC, to take on a No. 9 South Carolina (0-1) team that is looking to move past a Thursday night 52-28 loss to No. 21 Texas A&M.

N.C. State victory over Georgia Southern, big defensive play at end, makes it all worthwhile for Pack safety Jarvis Byrd, who is back after three ACL injuries.

Marquise Williams and Mitch Trubisky split time on Saturday, and the rotation is likely to continue until there’s separation.

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The Tar Heels were losing against the Liberty Flames midway through the third quarter, but then North Carolina scored 28 points in less than four minutes to take control of the game.

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