Middle Tennessee at North Carolina

Tar Heels roll past Blue Raiders 40-20

AP Sports Writer

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Romar Morris scored twice to help North Carolina run out to a big lead and beat Middle Tennessee 40-20 on Saturday.

Bryn Renner threw for 339 yards and a touchdown for the Tar Heels (1-1), who led all day to regroup after a loss at highly ranked South Carolina. North Carolina scored the first 23 points, had 511 yards and never let the Blue Raiders (1-1) get closer than 13 points after halftime.

Jordan Parker ran for a touchdown and Jared Singletary returned a fumble for a score early in the fourth quarter that brought Middle Tennessee to within 26-13. But the Blue Raiders committed four turnovers, had their offense go dormant in the first half and struggled to consistently slow the Tar Heels' no-huddle spread offense.

Renner found Quinshad Davis for an 18-yard touchdown shortly after Singletary's return to retake momentum, helping UNC win its third straight home opener.

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Scoring Summary
UNCRomar Morris 26 yd run (failed 2pt pass)
UNCBryn Renner 1 yd run (Thomas Moore kick)
UNCRomar Morris 1 yd run (Thomas Moore kick)
UNCThomas Moore 39 yd FG
MTSUJordan Parker 22 yd run (Cody Clark kick)
UNCThomas Moore 35 yd FG
MTSUJared Singletary 25 yd fumble return (failed 2pt rush)
UNCQuinshad Davis 18 yd pass from Bryn Renner (Thomas Moore kick)
UNCJohnathan Howard 15 yd pass from Marquise Williams (Thomas Moore kick)
MTSUChris Perkins 12 yd pass from Austin Grammer (Cody Clark kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2627
Third Down Efficiency8-189-16
Fourth Down Efficiency0-21-1
Plays-Net Yards83-40177-511
Passing Yds243377
Kick Return Yds11326
Punt Return Yds-230
Time of Poss.32:4727:13
Individual Stats
MTSU: Jordan Parker 22-109, William Pratcher 7-37, Reggie Whatley 5-25, Devin Clarke 1-7, Austin Grammer 2-3, Team 1--6, Logan Kilgore 4--17
UNC: Romar Morris 10-46, A.J. Blue 10-44, Khris Francis 10-42, Marquise Williams 2-10, Bryn Renner 8-0, Ryan Switzer 1--8
MTSU: Logan Kilgore 21-35-211-3, Austin Grammer 3-6-32-0
UNC: Bryn Renner 23-34-339-1, A.J. Blue 1-1-23-0, Marquise Williams 1-1-15-0
MTSU: Tavarres Jefferson 7-101, Kyle Griswould 7-65, Terry Pettis 2-28, Demetrius Frazier 2-20, Jacob Corbaley 2-5, Chris Perkins 1-12, Marcus Henry 1-9, Christian Collis 1-5, Jordan Parker 1--2
UNC: Sean Tapley 4-93, Eric Ebron 4-60, Ryan Switzer 3-14, Mark McNeill 2-75, Jack Tabb 2-39, Quinshad Davis 2-18, A.J. Blue 2-7, Romar Morris 2-5, Marquise Williams 1-23, Kendrick Singleton 1-20, Johnathan Howard 1-15, T.J. Thorpe 1-8
Middle Tennessee3rd Conference USA East5-38-5
North Carolina2nd Atlantic Coast Coastal5-38-5

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