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UNC 40, Middle Tennessee State 20: Tar Heels cruise despite mistakes

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North Carolina running back Romar Morris ran for a 26-yard touchdown during the first quarter against Middle Tennessee State on Saturday. ROBERT WILLETT

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina built a big lead in the first half and mostly coasted to a 40-20 victory against Middle Tennessee State on Saturday. The Tar Heels tried to make it hard on themselves, though.

You can read all about it here in the story off the game.

And, as always, a collection of photos.

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Not too happy

I just had the chance last night to sit down and watch this game and I agree with Carolina Guy (a.k.a. gvillegatr), although we won the game, there are a number of areas for improvement.
The defense seemed to give up big chunks of yardage on the ground and in the air.
Our kick coverage seemed to give up a lot of yards, with one exception.
The turnover margin in our favor was good, and timely. But the way MT was moving the ball prior to those occassions, giving up more points was a real possibility.
Don't get me wrong, I am happy for the win and a number of guys made some great plays, but I feel we will have to play more consistently better if we are going to have a chance against GT.

Well

It can always be worse. Just look 25 miles east. Some kidding aside, I wasn't pleased with yesterday's performance even though the Heels rolled up over 500 yards of offense.

I felt we could have run the ball a little more and definitely could have come out more focused on defense to start the 2nd half.

One thing is for sure, though, 'ol Bug is gonna be a star when he finally gets more playing time. The stable is full and that's the only reason he is not out more. That's a good problem, I guess.

Bryn Renner can still play better.

I'm thinking (late to this party) Gio played a much bigger part of our offense than I wanted to believe. It's not that it is a slight on Gio (duh), but wanting to believe for obvious reasons going forward that the offense wouldn't break stride. Well, it has to some degree.

Two weeks to prepare for last years nightmare - GT. get em ready, coach!

25 miles

"It can always be worse. Just look 25 miles east."
I am pretty sure Greenville is more than 25 miles east. But you should know, assuming you could find Chapel Hill on a map.

Lol

Bro, you gotta do better than that. Your problem is you lack imagination (and facts) when you try to cut on the opposing fan. Go back to the drawing board, re-write something and get back to me. I know you can do better.

lol

You are, "pretty sure Greenville is more than 25 miles east [of Chapel Hill]" and you are talking about somebody else being able to find CH on a map? Hilarious, haha

re: Gio

Absolutely
Gio was so multi dimensional it preoccupied the opposing defenses.
I believe the running game will come along. Don't forget that UNC had indisputably one of the premier O lines in the country last year. This year's edition seems to be showing more promise than I expected.
How UNC prepares for and plays against GT in a couple weeks
will tell us a lot about how the rest of the season will go.
Lets hope for the best.
As for down the road. Richmond is always tough and I suspect State overlooked them. They lucked out on that game.
Great Georgia/ SC game yesterday. One of the best halfs of College football that I have seen in some time.

agree

Yep, my thoughts exactly regarding the O line comparison from last year to this year. Hoping for continutal improvement.

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Andrew Carter is the University of North Carolina beat writer for the News & Observer.
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