In a 6-play, 51-yard opening drive by the North Carolina Tar Heels, UNC quarterback Bryn Renner connected with Dwight Jones for a 22-yard pitch and catch touchdown to give the Tar Heels an early 7-0 lead over the Missouri Tigers in the Independence Bowl.
Not to be outdone, Missouri responded promptly with a 5-play, 58-yard scoring drive of their own, culminating in a wide receiver touchdown pass from T.J. Moe to Wes Kemp. The 40-yard catch capped a drive that lasted 2:06 for the Tigers.
In less that five minutes of gameplay, 14 points are on the scoreboard. At this rate, maybe the final will resemble something more like, "First to 100 wins." Truthfully, most bowl games see defenses who take a few drives to get up to speed, as the teams have had a long layoff and the offense has the advantage.
We shall see if the defenses actually show up soon enough.