Bryn Renner threw for 339 yards and a touchdown and North Carolina won their home opener at Kenan Stadium, defeating Middle Tennessee State 40-20.
The Tar Heels racked up 511 total yards against the Blue Raiders, but their defense yielded 401 but forced 4 turnovers in the ball game.
North Carolina jumped out to a 23-0 halftime lead on the heels of running back Romar Morris who scored twice in the first half. Morris finished with 46 yards to go with this 2 touchdowns. It was a balanced running attack as the Heels spread the wealth with A.J. Blue, Morris and Khris Francis all with 10 attempts and each accruing over 40 yards rushing, combining for 132 yards between the three.
The Blue Raiders struck first in the second half finally breaking into the scoring column on a 22 yard Jordan Parker run. But Carolina returned the favor later with a Renner to Quinshad Davis strike coming after a Tar Heel field goal and another Blue Raider touchdown.
Bug Howard scored the final touchdown for UNC, off the arm of back up quarterback Marquise Williams, from 15 yards.
Sean Tapley led the Heels in receiving grabbing 4 passes for 93 yards.
Carolina's secondary picked off Middle Tennessee State quarterback Logan Kilgore 3 times in the game without giving up a passing touchdown and thwarted potential scoring chances for the Blue Raiders.
“Good to get a win, especially here in the Tar Pit in front of our fans. Our players deserved to have some fun today." Coach Larry Fedora said after the game.
With the victory, the Tar Heels go to 1-1 on the young season. They have a week off before jumping into conference play at Georgia Tech on September 21.