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UNC 62, Elon 0: Reviewing the first victory of the Larry Fedora era

UNC coach Larry Fedora had much to be pleased about after his team's 62-0 victory against Elon. PHOTO: Robert Willett

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina cruised to a 62-0 victory in coach Larry Fedora’s first game. Here’s a breakdown of the Tar Heels’ victory.

Three things to take away from UNC 62, Elon 0: 

UNC crushes Elon 62-0 in Fedora's debut

CHAPEL HILL — During the days leading into his first game as North Carolina’s head coach, Larry Fedora expressed doubt. He said he didn’t know what to expect out of the Tar Heels in their season opener against Elon. 

UNC on Saturday at Kenan Stadium might have exceeded even Fedora’s most optimistic hopes. The Tar Heels scored on seven of their nine possessions in the first half and cruised to a 62-0 victory against the Phoenix, a lower-division FCS team from the Southern Conference. 

UNC vs. Elon: Live from the press box

CHAPEL HILL — It’s here at long last: The first game of Larry Fedora’s coaching tenure at North Carolina. The Tar Heels’ first game of the 2012 season begins here at Kenan Stadium in a little less than an hour.

While I made the short half-mile walk from my place over to Kenan, I did feel a bit of a buzz in the air. Feels like something new is starting.

To get you ready for kickoff, here’s a story I wrote about UNC quarterback Bryn Renner and running back Giovani Bernard, who are the first 3,000-yard passer and 1,000-yard rushing combination to return in the ACC since 2003 (N.C. State’s Philip Rivers and T.A. McLendon).

UNC vs. Elon: Things to know about the Phoenix

UNC coach Larry Fedora knew Elon was in North Carolina, but said earlier this week he didn't know exactly where. PHOTO: Robert Willett

CHAPEL HILL — College football season is here. Games start tonight. The team that North Carolina fans love to hate (N.C. State) plays tomorrow night. And then the Tar Heels and most of the rest of the country begin play on Saturday.

Elon is visiting Kenan Stadium in a game that will begin at 12:30 (and be televised on the ACC Network or, as I like to call it, The Artist Formerly Known as Raycom). Elon, of course, is a 1-AA school (or FCS, if you prefer) from the Southern Conference.

But you already knew that. Here are some other things to know about the Phoenix:

UNC depth chart for week 1 vs. Elon

North Carolina's first depth chart of the season has been released, with few surprises. PHOTO: Robert Willett

CHAPEL HILL — And oh, yes. North Carolina’s depth chart for the season-opener against Elon is out.

Here it is:

UNC sharp in 100-62 victory against Elon: The Daily Three

Three North Carolina-related things to think about on this Friday:

UNC returns from break, hosts Elon: The Daily Three

And welcome to the first edition of The Daily Three on UNC Now, The News & Observer’s newly-launched blog dedicated to all things Tar Heels. The Daily Three will be a (nearly) daily feature here, and will highlight three topics related to UNC athletics.

Let’s get started:

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