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Recap - Tar Heels Defeat East Carolina 35-20

Giovani Bernard scampered through the East Carolina defense for 146 yards as North Carolina handed the Pirates a 35-20 defeat on Saturday at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

North Carolina won and also put money in the pockets of their supporters by covering the 6.5-point spread as favorites. Totals bettors, meanwhile, saw the game go UNDER the closing number of 61.5.

Bryn Renner completed 13 of 20 pass attempts for 230 yards for the Tar Heels in the win. He did not throw an interception in the game.

Reggie Bullock rushed for 72 yards for East Carolina, while Dominique Davis added 1 yards. Dominique Davis threw for 417 yards for the Pirates, while receivers Lance Lewis and Justin Hardy had 166 and 73 yards respectively.

East Carolina outgained North Carolina 490-456 yards in the game, while the battle of first downs was won 27-19 by the Pirates.

The time of possession battle favored East Carolina as their offense was on the field for 30:03, longer than the 29:57 of their opponents.

North Carolina looks to continue their winning ways next game with a battle against Louisville. East Carolina will aim to get back on the winning track at Houston.