It didn't take long to witness the changes and effect of Larry Fedora's presence in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels spread the field, played a fast pace and defeated Elon 62-0.
Giovani Bernard scored three times to lead the Tar Heels. He scored once on ground, once in air and returned one for a touchdown. Bernard finished the day at halftime with 93 yards rushing on the day. Reports surfaced that said Bernard had some soreness in his knee, but appears to be a minor, precautionary action. More details on the injury to come as North Carolina does not comment on injuries.
Bryn Renner led the Tar Heels in passing with 236 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Tar Heels had 14 different receivers making receptions in the game.
The Tar Heels scored twice in the first quarter as Bernard got his work done in the quarter. They went to the second quarter leading 14-0.
In the second, things snowballed as Carolina scored frequently pushing the score to 41-0 at halftime. Casey Barth chipped in two field goals to go with scores by Bernard and a 35 yard touchdown pass from Renner to Jheranie Boyd. It was A.J. Blue scoring from 1 yard out with 24 seconds left in the half.
Carolina picked up three more touchdowns in the third quarter as starters came out of the game. After another Renner touchdown pass to Jack Tabb, back up quarterback and highly touted freshman Marquise Williams rushed in from 3 yards out followed by Blue's second touchdown of the day. This one from 4 yards out.
With a 62-0 lead going into the fourth, North Carolina called off the dogs and held on to the shutout victory taking them to 1-0 on the season.
Under the spread offense, UNC rolled up 524 total yards on the day and held Elon to only 170. They forced 4 Phoenix turnovers on the day and only had 3 penalties for 20 yards in the game. A solid start for Larry Fedora and his Tar Heels on Saturday.
Up next for North Carolina is a test at Wake Forest next weekend.