by Mike Potter
UNC’s football nightmares at Virginia have finally come to an end.
The win came on a day the Tar Heels found out the status of three more players involved in the NCAA’s investigation of the program’s academics and pro agent investigations.
T.J. Yates completed 17 of 22 passes for 379 yards and three touchdowns for UNC (4-2, 2-1 ACC), which led 17-3 after the first quarter and never looked back.
Dwight Jones caught seven passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns for the Tar Heels, while Shaun Draughn carried 17 times for 68 yards and a score.
Virginia (2-4, 0-3) turned the ball over eight times to the Tar Heels’ one.
Mark Verica completed 15 of 25 passes for 139 yards with three interceptions for Virginia. Keith Payne led the Cavaliers’ offense with 108 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.
UNC defensive end Linwan Euwell was cleared to play against the Cavaliers, but senior cornerback Kendric Burney will continue to sit out because of an issue related to the ongoing agent investigation. Junior safety Brian Gupton will sit out the remainder of the season and has one year of NCAA eligibility remaining.