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North Carolina rolls past Idaho 66-0

Idaho Vandals (Courtesy)
Idaho Vandals (Courtesy)
By Aaron Beard Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Gio Bernard scored twice, Bryn Renner threw three touchdown passes and North Carolina set a school scoring record in a 66-0 win against Idaho on Saturday.

Freshman Quinshad Davis had two TD catches for the Tar Heels (3-2), who had five different players reach the end zone in the first half. The Tar Heels had 371 yards and 45 points by halftime before finishing with 575 total yards and setting a single-game scoring record despite playing in a steady downpour nearly all afternoon.

The game was so one-sided that Bernard had just two carries while Renner played one snap after halftime.

Backup quarterback Marquise Williams scored on a 4-yard keeper early in the fourth, breaking the previous record of 65 points against Virginia Medical in 1914 and Wake Forest in 1928.

There were few positives for the Vandals (0-5), who had 110 yards by halftime and finished with 189.

UNC blocked two punts in the first half, the first deep in Idaho’s end to set up a 2-yard scoring run from Bernard. The sophomore also broke free for a 68-yard scoring run down the left sideline early in the second quarter on what turned out to be his final carry.

Idaho found no offensive success, going three-and-out on its first five possessions and failing to manage a first down until the second quarter. The Vandals, who had seven turnovers in the past two games, also threw two first-half interceptions that led to quick touchdowns and finished with five turnovers.

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