CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Marquise Williams began the season as North Carolina's change-of-pace quarterback, a better runner than thrower. He's quickly forging a new identity as the full-time starter for the Tar Heels.
North Carolina also looks like a new version of itself, now 6-5 after a 1-5 start.
Williams threw five first-half touchdown passes and T.J. Logan scored four touchdowns to help North Carolina to a record-setting 80-20 victory over Old Dominion on Saturday.
The Tar Heels set all-time records for points and touchdowns by the midpoint of the third quarter, and Williams set the single-game record for total yards on the Tar Heels' fourth snap of the second half.
Just two of North Carolina's 11 TDs came on possessions longer than 1 minute, 44 seconds. By mutual agreement of the coaches, the fourth quarter was shortened from 15 minutes to 10.
Williams finished 20 of 27 passing for 409 yards and rushed for 60 more, helping North Carolina to a school-record 721 yards. Williams tied the UNC mark for passing touchdowns and was third in single-game total yards by halftime.
"I thought he threw the ball pretty well today," UNC coach Larry Fedora said. "He's taking the ball and he's putting it where it's supposed to go."
The point total was the second-most in ACC history, surpassed only by Clemson's 82 in 1981 against Wake Forest. North Carolina's basketball team scored 82 points Saturday in a win over another Virginia school, Richmond.
"We tried to beat the basketball score," said Williams, who became the starter after senior Bryn Renner was lost to injury Nov. 2. "We (saw) they scored 82. We wanted coach to let us kick a field goal so we could get 83."