Tar Heels sink Pirates 35-20

Redshirt freshman tailback Giovani Bernard rushed for 149 yards and one touchdown to help lead North Carolina to a 35-20 win against East Carolina at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium on Saturday.


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UNC wide reciver T.J. Thorpe is stopped by Georgia Tech's defense on Saturday. UNC lost to Georgia Tech 28-35.

Georgia Tech’s triple-option offense too much for Tar Heels to handle

North Carolina knew entering Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech that it couldn’t completely stop the Yellow Jackets. The home team had the nation’s No. 1 offense and was coming off a 768-yard performance against Kansas the previous week. So when the Tar Heels forced Georgia Tech to kick field goals in its first two possessions, they were just executing the game plan.

UNC football preps for Ga. Tech

The North Carolina football team began preparing for Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech this spring. And to be successful against the NCAA’s best offense on its home turf, the Tar Heels might need all the help they can get.

Tar Heels look for edge in ‘South’s oldest rivalry’

The North Carolina football team’s 24-22 win against Rutgers marked its sixth straight non-conference victory and a 2-0 start to the 2011 season for UNC. But as far as the Tar Heels are concerned, the season has yet to begin. North Carolina will host Virginia (2-0) on Saturday at Kenan Stadium and will look to win its first conference opener since 2000.

Inexperienced Renner has big shoes to ?ll

In four years as North Carolina’s starting quarterback, T.J. Yates passed for a school record 9,377 yards and 58 touchdowns. Redshirt sophomore Bryn Renner, his heir apparent for the 2011 season, has a career stat line of 1-for-2 for 14 yards. “I’ve had a tremendous amount of reps over the past three years that I’ve been here, so I think that’s helped me out a lot,” Renner said.

Jones to lead squad of young receivers

New North Carolina starting quarterback Bryn Renner has seen very limited game action, and similarly, many of his potential targets don’t have much experience, either. With a young receiving corp, Renner will likely lean heavily on senior wide receiver Dwight Jones in 2011. Jones, who received honorable mention All-ACC honors in 2010, led North Carolina with 62 receptions and 946 yards — a total good for fifth in UNC history.