The defense, like the offense, was fairly consistent across the board. Unlike the offense, the defense wasn't very good.
The similarities between Fedora and Sumlin are striking. Both left programs they had maxed out for greener pastures. Upon their departure, and in large part because of their departure, their former programs shriveled; the regression at Southern Miss is a thing of legend. And they both had a lot of offensive success at their new destinations. Sumlin just had more success, so much that some spilled over on the defense.
The offense was hit hard by NFL departures. If Bernard has another game-winning punt return it'll be the Bengals, not Tar Heels, winning the game. But with Renner back I'm fairly confident Fedora will keep the points coming. I'm not that optimistic about the defense. They gave up at least 30 points in 5 of their last 7 games, and 68 against Georgia Tech. Until they upgrade talent (legitimately this time), the best they can hope for is to tread water.