North Carolina starts home schedule with a win over Blue Raiders

Don’t let the score fool you, this wasn’t a pretty game for North Carolina whatsoever. However, a win is a win and the Tar Heels win their first game off the season to kick off their home season too.

Sep 7, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels corner back T.J. Jiles (37), safety Tre Boston (10), tight end Eric Ebron (85) and wide receiver Kendrick Singleton (81) celebrate their win over the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders at Kenan Memorial Stadium. North Carolina won 40-20. Mandatory Credit: Liz Condo-USA TODAY Sports

Right out of the gate the Tar Heels defense was apparently still in Columbia, South Carolina as they let the Blue Raiders drive all the way down into the red zone. However Tre Boston woke up and grabbed an interception and ended a very sharp opening MTSU drive. That would appear to be the theme on defense all game long. The only time they appeared to be paying attention, interceptions happened. Other than that, the secondary continued to just leave receivers wide open all game long for MTSU to take advantage of.

North Carolina did take advantage of the interception as Romar Morris drove the ball in for a touchdown but after a questionable decision by Larry Fedora to go for two points, UNC would settle for just six points. Morris would score two touchdowns on the day, but MTSU would only allow the UNC running attack to run 134 yards. Gio Bernard is definitely missed!

Bryn Renner put up decent numbers with 339 yards and one rushing touchdown. Renner too often decided to scramble for yardage and put himself at risk of injury. Renner is a better passer, but when the offensive line can’t protect you…its all you can do.

Bug Howard grabbed his first career touchdown after putting himself on the map last week against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

If North Carolina expects to compete for the ACC Championships, Fedora must sit down with his defensive staff and players and figure out what is going wrong. These players are talented but for whatever reason don’t seem to play well together and its obvious that teams are taking note. They’ll have two weeks of practice to get ready for Georgia Tech’s tricky option offense.

Topics: Football, Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders, North Carolina Tar Heels

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