UNC football score vs Notre Dame: Live updates

North Carolina football has scored just two victories in a 22-game series against Notre Dame. But the Fighting Irish appear more vulnerable this season than in years past after losing to Ohio State and Marshall following a preseason No. 5 ranking.

The Fighting Irish (1-2) come to Chapel Hill to face UNC (3-0) on Saturday (3:30 p.m., ABC) having fallen out of the Top 25 and averaging just 300.3 yards per game to UNC's 547.3, which ranks fifth nationally.

We'll see if Notre Dame can get back on track or whether UNC's potent offense can make up for a shaky defense in this Week 4 matchup. Follow along for live updates.

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UNC football vs. Notre Dame score, live updates

Pregame

All-ACC receiver Josh Downs returns to UNC's lineup after missing two games due to a knee injury.

Scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on ABC, UNC vs. Notre Dame started on ESPNEWS because Clemson vs. Wake Forest went to overtime on ABC.

First quarter

9:53 — TOUCHDOWN! UNC gambles on fourth-and-goal from the 4-yard line and Drake Maye finds Downs in the corner of the end zone. UNC's opening drive was highlighted by a 28-yard reception by JJ Jones, a 15-yard run by Maye and an 11-yard run by Maye that gave UNC a first down on the 2-yard line. UNC 7, Notre Dame 0

8:46 — UNC gets the ball back after its defense forces a three-and-out on Notre Dame's first possession, with two balls batted down.

8:03 — SACK! Rylie Mills chases down Maye and sacks him at the 6-yard line for a loss of 10 yards to set up a third-and-20. The Heels wind up punting and the Irish get the ball at UNC's 43.

5:18 — SACK! Power Echols comes off the edge to sack Drew Pyne on first down for a loss of 7 yards and then Deandre Boykins breaks up a pass in the end zone.

3:56 — MISSED FIELD GOAL! Blake Grupe's 44-yard field goal attempt is wide right.

1:45 — A 44-yard punt after a UNC three-and-out gives Notre Dame the ball on its own 17.

Second quarter

12:57 — TOUCHDOWN! Irish tight end Michael Mayer scores on a 10-yard catch to cap an eight-play, 83-yard drive that lasted 3:48, highlighted by a 34-yard pass from Pyne to Logan Diggs and a pair of Chris Tyree runs for first downs. UNC 7, Notre Dame 7

11:28 — Notre Dame forces a three-and-out and returns the punt to its own 34.

10:01 — TOUCHDOWN! Pyne fires a 30-yard pass to Lorenzo Styles in the back of the end zone, capping a three-play scoring drive for the Irish. The TD was set up with a 29-yard run by Audric Estime after a 7-yard pass to Mayer. Notre Dame 14, UNC 7

6:55 — TOUCHDOWN! A 43-yard pass to JJ Jones on third down put the Tar Heels on the 3-yard line and three plays later, Maye passed to Downs for his second TD of the half. UNC had mustered just 11 yards on 11 plays on its last three drives. UNC 14, Notre Dame 14

2:37 — TOUCHDOWN! Fighting Irish make it look easy their third straight TD, this time on a 1-yard run by Estime. The 75-yard drive featured four straight first downs. Notre Dame 21, UNC 14

2:15 — A couple of long passes from Maye aren't caught as the Tar Heels go three-and-out and Notre Dame gets the fair catch of a 50-yard punt at its own 26.

0:23 — FIELD GOAL! Grupe hits the 40-yard field goal and Notre Dame scores on its fourth straight possession. Notre Dame 24, UNC 14

Halftime: Notre Dame 24, UNC 14

Notre Dame led UNC 301-161 in total yards in the first half, with 181 passing and 120 rushing averaging 7.1 yards per carry. Neither team had a turnover and Notre Dame had five tackles for loss (20 yards) while UNC had two (8 yards).

Tyree led the Irish running backs with 53 yards on seven carries and Mayer had six catches for 68 yards and a TD.

Maye was UNC's leading rusher in the first half with 37 yards on seven carries. Downs had four catches for 18 yards and two TDs.

Third quarter

12:18 — TOUCHDOWN! Notre Dame gets the ball to open the second half and Pyne completes a pass to a wide-open Logan Diggs for 29 yards and the touchdown. Notre Dame 31, UNC 14

12:13 — FUMBLE! The Fighting Irish blitz for a sack and Maye loses the football on a hit from JD Bertrand. Notre Dame's Justin Ademilola recovers on the Tar Heels 15-yard line.

10:21 — TOUCHDOWN! After a questionable call on what would have been a goal-line stand for UNC, Notre Dame gets into the end zone on a 1-yard plunge by Estime. Notre Dame 38, UNC 14

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4:19 — TURNOVER ON DOWNS! UNC stops Notre Dame on fourth-and-1 to get the ball back on its own 25.

4:08 — TOUCHDOWN! Maye tosses a beauty to Antoine Green and the senior receiver makes his first catch of the season on an 80-yard TD reception. A conversion pass slips through the hands of Bryson Nesbit. Notre Dame 38, UNC 20

Fourth quarter

13:04 — TOUCHDOWN! Irish use 12 straight running plays on a drive with three straight UNC penalties that gave Notre Dame three straight first downs. Tyree scores on a 1-yard run behind an OL that plows over the Tar Heel defense. Notre Dame 45, UNC 20

9:47 — TOUCHDOWN! Freshman Omarion Hampton dives for the pylon to score on a 4-yard reception, Maye's fourth TD pass of the game. A conversion pass fails. Notre Dame 45, UNC 26

3:20 — TOUCHBACK! Will Hardy knocks the ball out of Estime's hand as he's about to cross the goal line and UNC gets the touchback. Estime ran for 61 yards in the 10-play, 75-yard drive.

1:44 — TOUCHDOWN! On fourth-and-20, Maye finds Green for a 64-yard touchdown pass. Backed up to the 18 due to an unsportsmanlike penalty for spinning the football after the score, UNC's conversion attempted fails. Notre Dame 45, UNC 32

FINAL SCORE: NOTRE DAME 45, UNC 32

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