LOOKING FOR A FIRST

Dec. 27, 2013 @ 08:15 PM

After starting the season 1-5, North Carolina will attempt to finish with a winning record by beating Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl on Saturday at Bank of America Stadium (3:20 p.m., ESPN). 

This is UNC's fourth time in the Charlotte-based bowl in the past 11 years, but the Tar Heels (6-6) are still seeking their first victory at the site. UNC lost to Boston College in 2004, to West Virginia in 2008 and to Pittsburgh in 2009. 

This will be the final game at UNC for junior Eric Ebron, a likely first-round NFL pick who set an ACC record for receiving yards by a tight end (895), and for senior Kareem Martin, the latest in a long line of top North Carolina pass rushers who has 11 sacks this season. 

It also will be a homecoming for sophomore quarterback Marquise Williams, a Mallard Creek High product who became a starter after Bryn Renner suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. Cincinnati quarterback Brendon Key threw for 332 yards and four touchdowns in last season’s Belk Bowl as the Bearcats (9-3) beat Duke 48-34.