CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- T.J. Yates threw two touchdown passes in the decisive first half, and No. 21 North Carolina routed The Citadel 40-6 on Saturday night.
Ryan Houston had touchdown runs of 5 and 3 yards, and Shaun Draughn rushed for 118 while helping the Tar Heels roll up 375 yards total offense. They had a 261-30 advantage on the ground.
Da'Norris Searcy returned a late punt 77 yards for a touchdown. Yates was 9 of 20 for 114 yards in three quarters, with scoring passes of 18 yards to Johnny White and 21 yards to Greg Little for the Tar Heels.
They played their first opener as a ranked team since they were No. 12 in 1998, and were upset 13-10 by Miami of Ohio. This one was nowhere near that close, after a second quarter in which North Carolina scored on four straight possessions.