Williams, the backbone of the Tar Heels, who finished the evening with 390 yards and four touchdowns passing, followed up on his word. He went out. And he played.
Anchoring a drive that lasted 12 plays, 75 yards and 2:56, Williams found sophomore running back T.J. Logan for the two-yard rushing touchdown and the UNC victory with 11 seconds left.
The victory came at a pivotal moment of both UNC’s season — six games had gone by and the team was still winless in the conference — and Williams’ junior campaign.
In the past two games, against Notre Dame and Georgia Tech, the quarterback has taken his game to a new level, showcasing a stronger, faster brand of football. He’s passed for a combined 693 yards and six touchdowns, while rushing for a combined 205 yards and two touchdowns. He’s broken record after record — completions in a game, total offense in two games, total offense in a four-game stretch — and has securely cemented himself in the record books. He’s the first UNC quarterback ever to rush for 100 yards and pass for at least 300 in a single game.
“Just been doing more than what I usually do,” Williams simply said. “Studying more film, studying opponents, breaking down more defenses than I usually do.”
Redshirt junior linebacker Jeff Schoettmer said the difference in Williams’ game is clear.
“Marquise obviously is playing out of his mind right now.”
Schoettmer also credited the offensive line.
“They’re doing a heck of a job protecting him and getting the run game going,” he said. “And I think that’s ultimately helping the passing game.”
But Williams, no matter how many records he breaks or how many yards he ammasses in a single game, refuses to take the credit.
“This game is not about me,” Williams said. “It’s about those other 10 guys on the field.”
His play speaks for itself. And that’s just how he likes it.