UNC 56, Liberty 29: Four-minute stretch turns the game

08/31/2014 11:34 AM

08/31/2014 11:35 AM

North Carolina beat Liberty on Saturday night at Kenan Stadium, a 56-29 victory that wasn't all that pretty. Especially outside of those four minutes in the third quarter when the Tar Heels could do no wrong.

You know those four minutes: Four touchdowns. Three Liberty turnovers, pretty much all back-to-back-to-back. And when it ended, UNC was well on its way. But before those four minutes? UNC was losing. And outside of those four minutes? Liberty actually outscored the Tar Heels.

I asked Larry Fedora, the UNC coach, what he took away from this game outside of those four minutes.

“Outside of that four minutes?” he asked. “We've got a long way to go. I mean, we've got a long way to go. It's nothing pretty about that game, I can assure you, when you go outside of that four minutes. But again, for us – the way we look at it, it's a win.”

Here's the story of the game. And some great photos from our Robert Willett.

And some reaction from Fedora and quarterback Marquise Williams.

Stay tuned for more.

Andrew Carter is the UNC athletics beat reporter for The News & Observer and Charlotte Observer. Follow him on Twitter at @_andrewcarter .

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