CHAPEL HILL, N.C. For Idaho coach Robb Akey, the first quarter couldnt have ended fast enough.
The winless Vandals couldnt get first downs, couldnt stop North Carolinas offense and couldnt keep the Tar Heels from blocking two punts in the firstperiod Saturday.
The positive thing is the game is over, Akey said. This was an ugly afternoon.
We didnt start well, we didnt play well, Carolina played a hell of a game and we didnt. I thought wed come out and play, and I know my players expected to come out and play. We didnt survive the early onslaught.
The Tar Heels (3-2) led 28-0 by the end of the first quarter despite committing two turnovers. The Vandals (0-5), meanwhile, managed 18 yards and went three-and-out on their first five possessions.
Idaho didnt get a first down until early in the second quarter on a 6-yard run by Ryan Bass. The Vandals never pushed past the North Carolina 36-yard line.
Were our guys ready to play? Yeah, Akey said. They feel the same way that I do. We all feel not real good right now. Nobody tries to do what just happened.
The Vandals, who had seven turnovers in the past two games, also threw two first-half interceptions that led to quick touchdowns and finished with five turnovers.
We didnt do a lot of good things today, Akey said. I think we made every mistake you can make in a college football game.
The Vandals open WAC play next Saturday against New Mexico State (3 p.m., Kibbie Dome).