CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Gio Bernard scored two touchdowns in his return from a knee injury, and North Carolina took over after halftime to beat East Carolina 27-6 on Saturday.
Bernard had missed two straight games since hurting his left knee in the season-opening win against Elon, but he returned with a 14-yard scoring catch from Bryn Renner in the first quarter and added a 4-yard TD run in the third.
Bernard didn't have a big rushing day for the Tar Heels (2-2), finishing with 50 yards on 18 carries. But Renner had little trouble through the air, completing 27-of-43 passes for 321 yards and two touchdowns, including a 62-yard scoring pass to sophomore receiver Sean Tapley early in the third.
The Pirates (2-2) struggled to sustain drives all afternoon, twice settling for first-half field goals after stalling inside the 10-yard line and finishing with 233 total yards.
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Dak Prescott pass complete to De'Runnya Wilson for 28 yds to the Miss 15 for a 1ST down
Dalvin Cook run for 32 yds to the Fla 49 for a 1ST down
Dak Prescott sacked by Breeland Speaks for a loss of 2 yards to the MisSt 39
Austin Hardin 37 yd FG BLOCKED blocked by DeMarcus Walker
Halftime interview with Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy
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