PITTSBURGH — Pitt needed a jolt as No.17 North Carolina pulled away in the second half, and Kenny Johnson provided it in a big way.
After a 43-yard field goal from UNC’s Noah Burnette stretched the Tar Heels’ lead to 38-17, Johnson fielded the ensuing kickoff, raced through the UNC coverage team and housed a 100-yard kickoff return.
It was the first kickoff since Nov. 20, 2021, when Israel Abanikanda returned a kickoff 98 yards against Virginia, and the first 100-yard kick return since Quadee Ollison did it against Miami on Nov. 15, 2016.
Johnson has gotten more and more involved with the offense each week, and through two and a half quarters against UNC, he’s carried the ball twice for 12 yards. He hasn’t been targeted in the passing game yet.
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