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North Carolina 30, Tulsa 9

September 3, 2000

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) _ Ronald Curry generated 261 yards of offense in his first game since rupturing an Achilles’ tendon as North Carolina rolled past Tulsa 30-9 on Saturday night.

Curry, who was injured in the fifth game last year, completed 12 of 22 passes for 192 yards and rushed for 69 more as the Tar Heels won their season opener.

Freshman Willie Parker ran for two touchdowns, and Jamal Jones scored on a 55-yard receptions. Jeff Reed added two field goals and Chris Bender kicked a third.

North Carolina scored 27 straight points after Tulsa opened the scoring on Chris Earnest’s 41-yard field goal.

Parker made it 7-3 with 3:03 left in the first quarter, capping an 11-play, 47-yard drive with a 1-yard run.

Reed’s first field goal, a 30-yarder with 4:34 to play in the second quarter, gave the Tar Heels a 10-3 lead at halftime.

North Carolina stretched the lead on its first possession of the second half when Curry sidestepped Tulsa’s blitzing Chris Miller and found Jones, who had broken free down the sideline.

Parker’s second touchdown, a 3-yard run, came on the Tar Heels’ next drive. Reed later added a 38-yard field goal.

Tulsa’s touchdown came on a 78-yard pass from Josh Blankenship to Corey Brown with 11:32 left in the game.

The loss spoiled the head coaching debut of Tulsa’s Keith Burns, who came to the Golden Hurricane from Arkansas, where he had been the defensive coordinator for the past two years.

It also marked a successful start for North Carolina offensive coordinator Mike O’Cain, who was fired in 1999 after seven seasons at rival North Carolina State.

The start of the first meeting ever between the two teams was delayed 13 minutes by lightning at Kenan Stadium.

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