Tar Heels Beat Pirates 35-20

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Bryn Renner threw four touchdown passes while Giovani Bernard ran for 146 yards and a score to help North Carolina beat East Carolina 35-20 on Saturday night.

Renner threw for 230 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown to Erik Highsmith and a 47-yard TD toss to Dwight Jones in a dominating first-half performance by the Tar Heels (4-1). North Carolina scored the first 21 points and never looked back, rolling to 326 yards in the opening half and converting two early turnovers into quick touchdowns to silence a record home crowd for the Pirates (1-3).

Dominique Davis and East Carolina's offense finally built some momentum in the third quarter, getting a touchdown pass to Lance Lewis and closing to within 28-13 entering the final quarter. But, while the Pirates moved the football most of the game, they never recovered from that disastrous start and fell to 0-3 against BCS teams.

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Turnovers are again an issue for the Pirates as ECU has given the ball away on each of their first three possessions.

The second turnover inside the Pirate 20 yard line resulted in the Tar Heel touchdown.

UNC also scored after the third turnover with a 75-yard touchdown pass to West Craven product, wide receiver Erik Highsmith.

Giovani Bernard has rushed for more than 100 yards in the first half. His 13th carry went for 10 yards and a touchdown to put the Tar Heels up 21-0 in the second quarter.

Michael Barbour hit a 35-yard field goal for the Pirates with 7:40 left in the first half.

UNC answered right back with a touchdown drive. Bryn Renner tossed a 47-yard bomb to Dwight Jones that was tipped in the air and then caught for the score.

Dominique Davis threw his second interception of the game right before half time, but UNC couldn't convert the turnover into points as Thomas Moore missed a field goal for the Tar Heels as time expired in the first half.

East Carolina has 4 turnovers through two quarters.

ECU showed signs of offensive life midway through the third quarter when a drive that started inside their own 5 yard line concluded with a 23-yard strike from Dominique Davis to Lance Lewis.

The Pirates are within 2 scores heading into the fourth quarter after a 25-yard Michael Barbour field goal with :30 seconds left in the third quarter.

Dwight Jones hauled in his second touchdown of the day in spectacular fashion as the UNC receiver snatched the ball out of the air with one hand for the score.

Freshman Danny Webster scored late in the fourth quarter for the Pirates.

The Tar Heels improve to 4-1 on the season with the 35-20 victory. ECU falls to 1-3.

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina travels to East Carolina on Saturday night for the first time in four years.

The instate rivals will play in front of a rowdy sellout crowd, with the Tar Heels seeking to beat the Pirates for the third straight season. Last year, the Tar Heels (3-1) forced the Pirates' pass-heavy offense into three interceptions and held East Carolina (1-2) to a season-low 17 points.

This time, the Pirates are hoping to improve a running game that looked sharp last week against UAB. Junior college transfer Reggie Bullock ran for 169 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, the most yards for an East Carolina player under Ruffin McNeill.

ECU running backs coach Clay McGuire says the running backs can be the "X-factor" in the Pirates' offense.


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  • by Anonymous on Oct 5, 2011 at 11:33 AM
    so with ecu's record right now.. & the fact that the men;s basketball team hasnt been to the tourney since 94.. does anyone really think that the big east wants something that smells this bad? come on really??
  • by Chuck on Oct 4, 2011 at 05:44 PM
    If ECU would stop the turnovers things would be better than they are. No Turnovers might have resulted in Wins against S.Carolina & UNC? Who knows. This Game with UNC Has Been played & Is History. Best thing we all can do it shut up & Move on. I Am tired of hearing about it. ECU Screwed up & UNC Won.
  • by Bud Location: Washington on Oct 3, 2011 at 12:58 PM
    My God I have never heard so much pure garbage and hatred from North Carolinians towards their fellow statesmen. It is JUST a football game, we are all still alive today, and we are all still normal people sharing this great state. Nobody should feel that it's acceptable to hurl insults and attack the fanbase of a team they don't pull for in the unbelievably classless manner that you people have on this article, and I just can't believe how low you have stooped to put down people in eastern NC. Shouting that we're drunks, we're losers, that we fight and can't function appropriately in public? I am genuinely saddened that even in victory my fellow North Carolinians have to resort to personal attacks on the ECU fanbase over a cultural identity that was created in the 1970's yet has no influence on 2011. I'm sorry that ECU has the most dedicated fanbase (we actually went to school there) and the best tailgate scene in NC along with NCSU (when they aren't shooting each other), and that UNC sweater vest fans (the real UNC people) would rather sit in reserved silence during sporting events. Some people take it too far but they are certainly in the minority and far from alone in the world of college football tailgating. I'm bummed ECU lost but good Lordy I'm shocked at the outpouring of hatred from the UNC folks. Do you hear yourselves? Aren't we all North Carolinians?
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      by Dave on Oct 3, 2011 at 03:50 PM in reply to Bud
      For once I agree with Bud! You are all a bunch of pork eating, tea drinkers with an illiterate accent! YOU GO NORTH CAROLINIANS!!
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        by Bud on Oct 5, 2011 at 07:15 AM in reply to Dave
        Actually that's not what I said Dave. I love my state and I love my fellow NC folks, so it really pains me to hear such divisive talk all over a college football game. UNC has been the bully for decades and ECU formed a less-than-polished reputation in the 70's, but I would have thought UNC people could celebrate a win simply by listening to the losers complain. Instead they launch a full attack on the entire history of ECU as if people in 2011 are responsible for every little negative thing about ECU. Again, I'm sorry you UNC fans didn't go to college, but a lot of you are from eastern NC and it baffles me that you would put down the local University over a no-real-connection-in-name-only "fanhood" of another University that not only ignores your existence but actually strives to prevent your advancement financially, economically, culturally, educationally, and industrially. The real UNC people just step right over you on their way to their 2nd homes in Nags Head like you don't exist. Would you people be attacking Appalachian State for being pothead mountainfolk if they played UNC regularly? Dave, you say "pork eating" and "tea drinking" like that's a derogatory thing, but people all over this country drink and eat those items daily. Please try again while "worrying about your own team."
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          by Bill on Oct 8, 2011 at 05:19 AM in reply to Bud
          @Bud....i agree to what youre saying!!! BUT i think maybe some read the comments on previous stories about them on this website!!!! oh we are all TARHEELS if you were born in this state like it or not.
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      by @Bud on Oct 3, 2011 at 03:56 PM in reply to Bud
      Bud that was well said, but you're in the wrong place. This website is for anonymous people to bash everything they don't understand and spew hatred at every chance they get.
  • by Skip Holtz Location: S FL on Oct 3, 2011 at 10:25 AM
    Ya'll miss me yet?!!
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      by Fredo on Oct 3, 2011 at 04:53 PM in reply to Skip Holtz
      No, Skip poser. We don't miss Skip or his big mouth daddy.
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        by Josephus Jr on Oct 4, 2011 at 05:40 PM in reply to Fredo
        Yes Old Corrupt Lou! Let Skip & His Daddy stay in Florida!! Really tired of hearing about them. Posts about Him & His Daddy is kinda like my Ex-wife hanging around. Good ridance to all of them!!
  • by Rob Location: Wilmington on Oct 3, 2011 at 09:09 AM
    Lincoln Riley and Ruffin McNeil had success at Texas Tech because they had better quality athletes who could execute the plays and overcome shortcomings with their athletic talent.Can't make chicken salad out of chicken .... !
  • by JDLadd Location: my pad on Oct 3, 2011 at 08:42 AM
    I bet that Sam and Darren are still pouting over the drubbing that their purple puffs took on Saturday. The only people who think ECU is good are ECU fans. The rest of us are smart enough to know that ECU is a mid major cupcake.
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      by Fred on Oct 3, 2011 at 04:54 PM in reply to JDLadd
      So what JD? Why do you care if ECU fans think their team is good?
  • by Breaking News Location: ENC on Oct 3, 2011 at 08:02 AM
    ECU just announced they are breaking the contract with Coke for pouring rights and establishing Bud Light as the official beverage.
  • by Rob Location: Wilmington on Oct 3, 2011 at 07:59 AM
    The harsh reality for ECU is that we are not able to compete with the Big Four due to politics and the inability to secure top notch talent from the state of N.C. The incoming class of prospects does not rank within the the top 50 in the nation so expect the divide to continue into the foreseeable future. The Big Four ALWAYS dismiss ECU as no big deal when we play them and it is true. They are still able to secure the prized recruit win or lose. A well coached team can compete. A prime example is Navy. The play like a well oiled machine every week and scare a lot of the big boys of college football. This is due to the FACT they emphasize discipline and fundamentals and it pays big time dividends for their program. As for the political aspect of instate collegiate athletics and academic endeavours ( i.e medical and dental school ), the Big Four like to hold us down by exerting force on the General Assembly. We will always be on the outside looking in on the world of big time college football due to a number of variables.As for our present coaching situation , school administrators DO NOT listen to average Joes like ourselves but the big money donors. They are always taking the pulse of these individuals and they will have the final say.Presently , this is NOT a well coached team. A coach has to be held accountable for CHRONIC mistakes. All average Joe's can do are vote with their feet showing their displeasure as we did Saturday night during an ABSOLUTELY pathethic and embarassing performance. Houston will roll us if this trend continues.
  • by Dave Location: >^v< on Oct 3, 2011 at 07:57 AM
    I can see why Texas Tech or any other team didn't want Ruffin or Lincoln Riley. Ruffin is too busy playing daddy instead of coach and Riley's offense is so vanilla and predictable. I guess it's the ECU way though, take whoever is cheap and desperate for a job.
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      by In darkness dwells on Oct 3, 2011 at 05:49 PM in reply to Dave
      You know all to well about cheap and desperate for a job...living and taking a job in a region you claim to hate.
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on Oct 3, 2011 at 01:23 AM
    It was just reported that ECU will not allow any alcohol at the next home game.
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      by JDLadd on Oct 3, 2011 at 04:44 AM in reply to Frank Sinatra
      Well, that means that there will be about 1,240 good old boy Christians there.
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        by Jimbo on Oct 3, 2011 at 05:01 PM in reply to JDLadd
        Yep, and I'll be one of them J.D. Sorry if that offends you "fella".
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      by Jimbo on Oct 3, 2011 at 05:00 PM in reply to Frank Sinatra
      Actually "blue eyes" ECU doesn't allow alcohol at the game. Folks drink in the parking lot but I defy you to show me a college or football stadium parking lot where people aren't mass consuming alcohol. Think ECU is bad? Try going to Baton Rouge or Chapel Hill. By way, I sit in Section 215 and the only out of control drunks I saw were the three young men in carolina shirts being escorted from Section 15 and the U.S. Marshal who slugged a cop (a UNC cop by the way) and was tasered in Section 215. Oh, he was wearing a carolina shirt as well. Just goes to show all schools have their fair share of obnoxious drunks.
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