JMU falls to UNC 56-28 after explosive first quarterWhen JMU arrived at Kenan Stadium to face the University of North Carolina, many believed the Dukes were overmatched. Through one quarter JMU looked up to the challenge as the Dukes held a 21-14 lead over the Tar Heels and even had ESPN tweeting about them, but UNC eventually put the Dukes away 56-28 behind a dominant offensive performance. (The Breeze)
UNC-JMU Postgame NotesMitch Trubisky’s 432 yards are the third most in North Carolina single-game history behind Marquise Williams’ 494 vs. Duke in 2015 and T.J. Yates’ 439 vs. Florida State in 2010. The 432 yards are second-most by a Tar Heel in Kenan Stadium and the most ever by a junior. Trubisky set the school record for most consecutive pass completions in a game with 18. (Carolina Blue)
UNC-JMU: Larry Fedora Postgame QuotesWhat do you think about how Mitch Trubisky ran the offense? Larry Fedora: “As you see him get more comfortable you’re seeing Mitch Trubisky come out. You’re seeing the guy who can do all the things we think he can do. I’m really pleased with the way he played. Obviously he’s got some things to clean up, but he did a heck of a job.” (Inside Carolina)
Turner's Take: The QuarterbackIn his home debut as the starting quarterback, Mitch Trubisky had his coming-out party. He was accurate, completing 24 of his 27 pass attempts to nine different receivers for 432 yards and three touchdowns. He was patient, taking what the defense gave him, going through his progressions and making the best play possible. And he was a winner. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Larry Fedora Post-James Madison Press ConferenceNorth Carolina head coach Larry Fedora fields questions from the media following the Tar Heels' 56-28 win over James Madison on September 17, 2016.
Lucas: Rapid Reactions - James MadisonJames Madison hit too many big plays, and there were too many missed tackles. Next week’s opponent, Pitt, is going to pound the ball on the ground until North Carolina proves they can stop it. The Tar Heels also suffered from some outright busts, including one on a long scoring pass out of the backfield in the first quarter. Penalties continue to be a problem. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Tar Heels Top James Madison 56-28 in Home Opener - HighlightsNorth Carolina racked up 635 yards of total offense in the 56-28 win over James Madison in the Tar Heels' first home game of the season on September 17, 2016.
North Carolina wins home opener, beats James Madison 56-28Mitch Trubisky threw for a career-high 432 yards and three touchdowns while setting two school records to help UNC beat James Madison 56-28. Trubisky completed 24 of 27 passes, including a UNC single-game record of 18 straight before calling it a day early in the fourth. He also has thrown 156 consecutive passes without an interception, breaking a record that had stood since 1997. (Associated Press)
Video: Mitch Trubisky Sets Career Bests vs. JMUMitch Trubisky completed 24 of his 27 passes, set a career high with 432 passing yards, and threw for three touchdowns in UNC's win over James Madison on September 17, 2016.
Video: Ryan Switzer Hauls in the Flea Flicker for a Touchdown vs. JMUThis play looks familiar! Mitch Trubisky connects with Ryan Switzer on this 75-yard flea-flicker touchdown pass against James Madison on September 17. 2016.
Box Score: North Carolina 56, James Madison 28View the complete box score from North Carolina's 56-28 win over James Madison on Saturday at Kenan Stadium. (View Box Score)
UNC Will Win/Lose If...North Carolina will win if they can connect on the deep passes. James Madison does not have the speed and athleticism to keep up with the Carolina wide receivers. They will most certainly get open looks and be able to beat the JMU secondary deep. If Mitch Trubisky can connect on the long balls Saturday, the game could be over fast. (Carolina Blue)
Video: UNC Football Pre-James Madison MotivationalSee the same video the North Carolina football team watched before the Tar Heels kick off at Kenan Stadium against James Madison.
Tar Heels ready for test from James MadisonThe Tar Heels should have a friendly environment for their first home game of the season. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky will make his first start in Kenan Stadium. This is the first of six home games in this much-anticipated season. James Madison plays at the Football Championship Subdivision level, but the Dukes arrive with some of the markings of a higher-caliber team. (Burlington Times News)
Motivation not an issue for North CarolinaNorth Carolina does not plan on slowing up and playing to the level of its competition, but the matchup isn't even the issue, according to senior wide receiver Ryan Switzer. "[James Madison] really doesn’t care who they’re playing and we don’t care who we are playing," Switzer said. "It’s about us doing what we do and if we do that we will avoid a letdown." (Carolina Blue)
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