The North Carolina Tar Heels rebounded nicely after a season opening loss to South Carolina.
Bryn Renner threw for 339 yards and a touchdown and Romar Morris scored twice to help North Carolina run out to a big lead and beat Middle Tennessee 40-20 on Saturday.
The Heels jumped out to a quick 23-0 halftime lead thanks to a 26 and a one-yard touchdown run from Morris, with a one-yard touchdown run from Renner sandwiched in between.
Middle Tennessee, fresh off an upset of Georgia Tech made it close after a Jordan Parker touchdown run and a fumble return for a score by Jared Singletary to make it a 26-13 game in the fourth quarter, but Renner connected with Quinshad Davis with an 18-yard scoring pass to give the Tar Heels a comfortable fourth quarter lead.
The North Carolina offense looked much more aggressive on Saturday than it did during their opener as the Tar Heels racked up 511 yards of total offense.
However the biggest difference was the defense.
After allowing Middle Tennessee to gain 78 yards on their opening drive, the Tar Heels defense tightened up and held the Blue Raiders to only 21 yards for the rest of the half. They also made the big play as North Carolina picked off Middle Tennessee quarterback Logan Kilgore three times and also recovered a fumble.
The Tar Heels will get to savior the win for a bit as they have next week off before playing host to Georgia Tech on September 21.