CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Bryn Renner threw two touchdown passes and Ryan Houston ran for two scores Saturday to help North Carolina beat Virginia 28-17.
Giovani Bernard ran for 102 yards to lead a strong ground attack for the Tar Heels (3-0, 1-0), who won their first Atlantic Coast Conference opener in 11 years. Dwight Jones and Jheranie Boyd each had TD catches as the UNC offense put together an efficient and relatively mistake-free afternoon.
A week after committing five turnovers against Rutgers, the Tar Heels committed just one -- though that fumbled snap near the goal line early in the fourth quarter came after they led 28-10.
Virginia (2-1, 0-1) moved the football, but the Cavaliers repeatedly squandered opportunities in the first half that could've made this a different game. Instead, they managed only a 41-yard touchdown catch by Max Milien in the third quarter and a 4-yard keeper by Michael Rocco with 5:09 left.