CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Larry Fedora is waiting for his North Carolina's offense to find its high-scoring rhythm. East Carolina coach Ruffin McNeill is hoping the Pirates' attack can do the same.
The instate rivals meet Saturday with both teams coming off shaky offensive performances.
The Tar Heels (1-2) managed 62 yards after halftime in a 28-20 loss at Georgia Tech, and have failed to reach the 400-yard mark in two of three games. They reached that number in all 12 games last year, setting several program single-season offensive records.
The Pirates (2-1) haven't played since a 15-10 home loss to Virginia Tech on Sept. 14. In that game, the Pirates marched 75 yards in 99 seconds for an opening touchdown, then managed 129 yards in the next 58-plus minutes.