The North Carolina football team (7-2, 3-2 ACC) decimated the Campbell Fighting Camels (4-5, 3-3 CAA), 59-7, at Kenan Stadium on a sunny Saturday afternoon. It was the first-ever meeting of Campbell and UNC.
Sophomore running back Omarion Hampton led the way on the ground with 144 rushing yards, while junior quarterback Drake Maye tallied four touchdowns and 244 passing yards. Backup quarterback Connor Harrell, a redshirt first-year, completed all four of his passing attempts for 71 yards and a touchdown in relief of Maye and picked up an additional 61-yard rushing touchdown late in the game.
“[I'm] proud of our guys. They did what they were supposed to do," head coach Mack Brown said. "They took a team they were better than and dominated them.”
The Tar Heels were able to start the game on the right foot defensively, forcing a turnover on downs during the Camels' opening drive.
UNC’s first drive, on the other hand, was unproductive, going three-and-out to start the game. But offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey's “complementary” football scheme kicked into high gear during the Tar Heels’s next possession as UNC tore down the field in two and a half minutes on the offensive production of running backs Hampton and British Brooks. Maye put UNC on the board with a 10-yard pass to a wide-open Tez Walker in the end zone.
The Camels answered, putting the Tar Heel defense on their back foot with a 12-yard pass and 39-yard rush propelling the Camels’ offense into the red zone and capping off their drive with a 19-yard over-the-shoulder dot from quarterback Hajj-Malkik Williams to wideout Chaney Fitzgerald.
Hampton paved the way for the Tar Heel offense and put the Tar Heels up midway through the second quarter. Hampton recorded 66 of the 76-yard scoring drive, crescendoing with his third-longest run of the season, a 54-yarder up the middle, splitting the Camel defense. With that run, Hampton has crossed the 1,000-yard mark this season and is the fastest UNC running back to do so since 2012.