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Tar Heels overcome slow start, down Louisville

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Tailback Giovani Bernard and receiver Dwight Jones each had touchdowns, as North Carolina overcame a slow start to win 14-7 on Saturday against a Louisville team that played without its offensive coordinator.

A Louisville team spokesman confirmed Saturday that Mike Sanford, who did not travel with the team, was still with the program. Quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson called plays during the game.

The Tar Heels (5-1) earned their eighth straight victory over a non-conference opponent.

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. Kicker But Cardinals kicker Chris Philpott missed field goals of 40 and 36 yards in the first half.

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.