Tar Heels jump out early, beat Demon Deacons 49-24



CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Redshirt freshman Giovani Bernard scored three touchdowns and had his sixth 100-yard rushing performance to help North Carolina beat Wake Forest 49-24 on Saturday, making the Tar Heels bowl eligible for the fourth straight season.

Bernard ran for a pair of touchdowns and had a 7-yard scoring catch in the first quarter, while North Carolina (6-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) took advantage of an uncharacteristic line of mistakes from the normally sure-handed Demon Deacons (5-3, 4-2). Wake Forest had five turnovers — three on interceptions thrown by Tanner Price — after committing just five all season coming into Saturday, and the Tar Heels converted four of those into touchdowns.

It all led to a huge day for the UNC offense, which had a season-high 562 total yards and its best scoring output in seven years. It was also North Carolina’s most points in an ACC game in a decade.