Halftime: UNC 17, Rutgers 12

Rutgers is only down 17-12 at halftime thanks to four turnovers, but there have been several missed opportunities.

Mark Harrison has dropped two passes that looked to be sure touchdowns. Mohamed Sanu also misjudged a ball in the end zone that would have been a touchdown. But they have converted two of the turnovers into touchdowns. Sanu made up for his drop with a beautiful one-handed grab in the end zone to cut the lead to 14-12. Rutgers went for the two-point conversion but missed. North Carolina tacked on a field goal for the halftime score.

So what does Rutgers need to do to win?

  • Convert third-down opportunities. Rutgers converted on just 1 of 8 third downs in the first half.

  • Try to get more of the run game going. Rutgers has eight yards on 12 carries for a paltry 0.7-yard per carry average. The offensive line has been getting manhandled both in the run game and the pass game. Chas Dodd has been constantly harassed and taken one big hit after another. UNC has been effective on blitzes, so perhaps Rutgers needs to make sure it always has an extra blocker in the backfield.

  • More pressure on Tar Heels QB Bryn Renner. He already has thrown for 210 yards in the first half. Trying to get more pressure on him will help force him into more mistakes.