Teddy Bridgewater (AP Photo)
Oct. 8, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Tailback Giovani Bernard and receiver Dwight Jones each scored touchdowns, as North Carolina overcame a slow start to win 14-7 on Saturday against Louisville.
The Tar Heels (5-1) earned their eighth straight victory over a nonconference opponent. Bernard gained 109 yards on 25 carries to become the first Tar Heel to rush for at least 100 yards in four straight games since Ethan Horton did it five straight games in 1984.
Jones caught a 43-yard scoring strike from quarterback Bryn Renner. Jones won a tug-of-war with two Louisville defenders over the last four yards into the end zone.
Louisville (2-3) sacked Bryn Renner four times and held North Carolina to 62 yards of offense in the first half to keep the contest close. Cardinals kicker Chris Philpott missed field goals of 40 and 36 yards in the first half.
The Tar Heels nearly stalled out on their first scoring drive when Louisville's Marcus Smith sacked Renner for the second time in the game, creating a third-and-16.
A 14-yard reception by Christian Wilson made it fourth-and-2 at the Louisville 6, and the Cardinals defensive line then jumped offside, giving North Carolina a first-and-goal from the Louisville 3. Bernard then picked a clear path to the end zone to put the Tar Heels on the board.
After losing its previous two meetings with Louisville 34-0 in 2004 and 69-14 in 2005, North Carolina evened the series at 3-3.
The Cardinals failed to score on three decent chances, including the two field goal misses.
North Carolina linebacker Zach Brown picked off Bridgewater on second-and-17 from the North Carolina 30 to halt a 16-play Cardinals drive.