North Carolina 62, Elon 0 Game Notes
Release: 09/01/2012

North Carolina Game Notes • Sept. 1, 2012

North Carolina 62, Elon 0

  • Head coach Larry Fedora won his debut in Chapel Hill, improving to 35-19 overall in five seasons (34-19 in four years at Southern Miss).

  • Carolina established a new school and ACC record for single-game punt return yards with 260 on nine returns. The previous mark of 225 yards was set against VMI in 1935. The previous ACC mark was 227 by Clemson against Georgia Tech in 1987.

  • Carolina's 41 points were the most in a first half since 42 against Georgia Southern in 2009. The 62 total points were the most since Sept. 30, 1995, a 62-0 win over Ohio. The 62-0 win also equaled the fourth-largest margin of victory.

  • UNC averaged 62.5 plays per game during the 2011 season and finished with 74 against Elon.

  • Carolina had 14 different receivers catch a pass in the win and no one caught more than three balls.

  • The shutout was the first for the Tar Heels since a 38-0 win over Duke to close out the 1999 season and the first season-opening shutout since a 45-0 win over Clemson to start the 1996 season. It was the first time that Carolina shut out its opponent in a UNC head coach's first game since Carl Snavely did it in 1945, a 6-0 win against Camp Lee, Snavely's second stint as head coach. Snavely aslo shut out Wake Forest in 1934 in his first stint as UNC's head coach.

  • QB Bryn Renner finished 14 of 21 for 236 yards and three touchdowns despite playing in just one series after halftime. Renner hit Giovani Bernard for a 6-yard strike in the first quarter before hooking up with Jheranie Boyd for a 35-yarder in the second. His final pass of the day was a 23-yarder to Jack Tabb.

  • Renner now has 29 career touchdown passes and today was his fifth career game with at least three passing scores. He also registered his first career reception, an 18-yard gain from Erik Highsmith in the second quarter.

  • TB Giovani Bernard matched a career high with three touchdowns (one each rushing, receiving and punt return) and finished with 203 all-purpose yards. Bernard finished with 93 yards rushing on just nine carries and two receptions for 10 yards.

  • Bernard scored on a 59-yard run in the first quarter, the second-longest scoring run of his career (60, 2011 vs. Rutgers). He caught a 6-yard scoring pass later in the first before taking a punt return 70 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Bernard, who did not play in the second half, finished with 100 total punt return yards in his first career game as a return man.

  • Bernard now has 17 career touchdowns, including 14 rushing scores.

  • QB Marquise Williams was 5 of 6 passing for 27 yards in addition to six carries for 43 yards in his collegiate debut.

  • TB Romar Morris also made his Carolina debut, rushing 10 times for 49 yards. He also caught one ball for 30 yards.

  • TE Jack Tabb scored his first career touchdown, a 23-yard reception in the third quarter.

  • WR Erik Highsmith hauled in three passes for 44 yards, returned his first career punt for 33 yards and completed a pass to Renner for 18 yards.

  • WR Jheranie Boyd caught his 13th career TD and now has 41 career catches after grabbing a 35-yard pass in the second quarter.

  • WR Roy Smith returned six punts for 127 yards and had a catch of seven yards in his collegiate debut.

  • TB A.J. Blue scored his second and third career touchdowns, a 1-yard rush late in the second quarter and a 4-yard scamper late in the third.

  • OG Jonathan Cooper started his 36th career game Saturday, most among active offensive linemen in the ACC and fifth-most among all returning ACC players.

  • CB Jabari Price and CB Tim Scott each corralled their second career INT in the first half.

  • The secondary led the defense in tackles as Price and Pete Mangum each registered six tackles and Tre Boston chipped in five.

  • The Carolina defense held Elon to just three rushes greater than 10 yards and a long of 16 yards. The Tar Heels forced the Phoenix to punt 10 times which is the most since Oklahoma punted 11 times in the season opener in 2001.

  • PK Casey Barth returned to the field after missing the final 10 games of the 2011 season and converted all 8 PAT attempts. Carolina has now made (128) consecutive extra points, and Barth has made a school-record (90) in a row.

  • It was the 11th time in school history that Carolina converted 8 PAT attempts in a game and the first time since Jeff Reed did it against Duke in 2000.

  • Barth is now one field goal shy of the school record (Connor Barth, 54) after converting a pair of field goals - 21-yard FG in second quarter, 32-yard FG in second quarter.

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