Carolina reaches 10 wins behind Johnson's 4 TDs

November 27, 1993|By Assocition Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Four years after coach Mack Brown's second straight 1-10 season, North Carolina reached 10 victories for only the fifth team in school history.

Leon Johnson rushed for 142 yards and scored four touchdowns to break the Atlantic Coast Conference single-season freshman scoring record -- with 100 points -- as the Tar Heels beat Duke, 38-24, yesterday. It was Barry Wilson's last game as coach of the Blue Devils.

"We went from one of the worst seasons in North Carolina history to one of the five best; possibly with an 11th win we can be the best," offensive lineman Shawn Hocker said. "People just don't understand what it means to know that you are directly responsible for turning this program around."

North Carolina (10-2, 6-2 ACC) finished second in the conference for the first time since 1986. The Tar Heels may go to the Fiesta, Sugar or Gator bowls.

Duke finished 3-8 and Wilson completed his four years at Duke with a 13-30-1 record.

Johnson scored on a 29-yard pass in the first quarter and on runs of 9, 10 and 5 yards. He finished with 16 touchdowns for the season.

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