North Carolina goes to 3-0 on the season and win their first conference game in the process. Bryn Renner threw 2 touchdowns to lead the Tar Heels to the win.
The Cavaliers had the momentum early but could only come up with a field goal early in the second quarter. UNC countered with a Renner to Jheranie Boyd 18 yard strike, followed by a Ryan Houston one yard plunge to give the Tar Heels a 14-3 halftime lead.
It didnt take long before North Carolina struck again in the 3rd quarter. It was a Renner to Dwight Jones 17 yard touchdown pass with 13:02 left in the quarter that gave Carolina breathing room. Virginia came up with a 41 yard touchdown pass from Michael Rocco to Max Milien only to find Ryan Houston score again late in the quarter. North Carolina held on to take the win.
Renner finished up with another solid effort, going 15-21 for 143 yards and two touchdown passes. Giovani Bernard led the Heels rushing attack again with 102 yards on 12 carries. Dwight Jones grabbed 5 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown receiving.
After going two games without forcing a turnover, the Carolina defense came up with 3 on the day while only turning it over once on offense. Last week, UNC coughed up the football 5 times.
Virginia outgained the Tar Heels on the game 468-401 but could not capitalize early. It was the first conference victory for interim head coach, Everett Withers and it was the first conference opening win since 2000 when they defeated Wake Forest.
Casey Barth kept his extra point streak intact before leaving the game with a leg injury. He did not kick in the second half. His streak is now at 82 consecutive.
It was the 116th meeting between the two schools and the 100th straight in the series. Carolina will go on the road for the first time this season, facing Georgia Tech next Saturday.