Earlier the question was asked if either the Missouri Tigers or the North Carolina Tar Heels defense would step up after each team scored a touchdown in the game's first five minutes.
Missouri answered the call, while North Carolina has begun to self-destruct before our very eyes.
One fumble, one interception and 31 points later, the Tigers have a commanding 31-7 lead over the Tar Heels in the 2011 Independence Bowl. Shreveport hasn't seen this type of takeover since the Louisiana Purchase back in 1803.
James Franklin rushed for a two-yard touchdown in the first quarter, then passed for an 8-yard touchdown to Jerrell Jackson in the second quarter to springboard the Tigers into a big lead. Kendial Lawrence then scored from 9 yards out to push the Tigers lead to 24 points.
So far in one half of action, the Tar Heels defense have given up a whopping 318 yards of offense to Gary Pinkel's unit. Bryn Renner has struggled in the first half after throwing for an early touchdown to give UNC a 7-0 lead, and UNC's rushing attack has mustered just 13 yards.
Missouri needs to keep their pedal to the metal in the second half, bowl games have a way of becoming exciting when you least expect it.