Scores

Final

East Carolina 6

(2-2, 1-2 away)

North Carolina 27

(2-2, 2-0 home)

Coverage: ESPNU

3:30 PM ET, September 22, 2012

Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC

1 2 3 4 T
ECU 0 6 0 06
UNC 7 3 14 327

Top Performers

Passing: B. Renner (UNC) - 321 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: G. Bernard (UNC) - 18 CAR, 50 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: G. Bernard (UNC) - 6 REC, 52 YDS, 1 TD

Gio Bernard has 2 TDs in return from injury as UNC sinks ECU

Associated Press

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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Team Stat Comparison

 
ECU
UNC
1st Downs1323
Total Yards233450
Passing124321
Rushing109129
Penalties5-609-91
3rd Down Conversions5-168-16
4th Down Conversions1-11-1
Turnovers10
Possession32:1927:41

Passing Leaders

East CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Carden17/301244.100
North CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Renner27/433217.520

Rushing Leaders

East CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Cooper66811.3036
Bullock8384.8016
North CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bernard18502.819
Williams22613.0014

Receiving Leaders

East CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones44611.5015
Arrington12929.0029
North CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Highsmith8668.3014
Ebron36421.3034

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERECUUNC
TD05:50Giovani Bernard 14 Yd Pass From Bryn Renner (Casey Barth Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERECUUNC
FG14:15Warren Harvey 22 Yd 37
FG07:27Casey Barth 20 Yd 310
FG01:29Warren Harvey 26 Yd 610
THIRD QUARTERECUUNC
TD10:45Sean Tapley 62 Yd Pass From Bryn Renner (Casey Barth Kick) 617
TD07:55Giovani Bernard 4 Yd Run (Casey Barth Kick) 624
FOURTH QUARTERECUUNC
FG03:36Casey Barth 41 Yd 627