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Illinois runs into reality as North Carolina pulls away in second half

Illinois' fast start got exposed as a mirage as North Carolina scored 35 straight points during a surprisingly easy 48-14 victory. An Illini defense that hadn't surrendered a touchdown in its first two games exhibited many of the same old problems, allowing 471 total yards -- more than half of that on the ground, as the Tar Heels produced a pair of 100-yard rushers. (ESPN.com)

Video: Larry Fedora Post-Illinois Press Conference

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora fields questions from the media following the Tar Heels' 48-14 win over Illinois on September 19th, 2015. View Video...

Williams, Switzer help Tar Heels roll past Illini 48-14

Marquise Williams led a big offensive performance for the Tar Heels (2-1), who had plenty to feel good about in a rout of a Power-Five nonconference opponent. The overhauled defense continued its improved play by surrendering just one touchdown through the first three quarters, Ryan Switzer had two big punt returns and kicker Nick Weiler hit two more field goals to stay perfect on the season. (Associated Press)

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - Illinois

The defining plays of UNC’s 48-14 win over Illinois came from the defense. The tone was set early with a goal-line stand on the first Illini possession, as Illinois thought they could score on fourth and goal from the two. But the Tar Heels stuffed them. The victory was Carolina’s largest nonconference win against a Power Five opponent since a 41-7 win over Northwestern in 1977. (GoHeels.com)

Video: Quinshad Davis Sets the UNC Receiving Touchdown Record vs. Illinois

UNC senior WR Quinshad Davis sets the North Carolina record with his 22nd career touchdown reception against Illinois on September 19th, 2015. View Video...

Video: Marquise Williams Dominates on the Ground & in the Air vs. Illinois

UNC senior QB Marquise Williams threw for more than 200 yards and 3 touchdowns while also surpassing 100 yards on the ground in the big 48-14 win over Illinois on September 19th, 2015. View Video...

Box Score: UNC 48, Illinois 14

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 48-14 win against Big 10 foe Illinois Saturday in Kenan Stadium: (View Box Score)

Recap & Analysis: UNC 48, Illinois 14

Ryan Switzer had the school's second longest punt return on his 85 yard touchdown. Switzer also broke the school record for most punt return yards in a game with 168 overturning a record that had stood since 1951. Quinshad Davis set the school record for receiving touchdowns with 22, passing Hakeem Nicks, and UNC had two players with 100 yards rushing for the first time since 2010. (Tar Heel Blog)

Video: Ryan Switzer Returns a Punt to the House vs. Illinois

Ryan Switzer receives the punt, slips several defenders and busts this huge 85-yard return for a touchdown against Illinois on September 19th, 2015. View Video...

Video: UNC Football Pre-Illinois Motivational Video

As the Tar Heels prepare to take on Illinois in Chapel Hill, get pumped for the game with the same motivational video the football team watched before taking the field in Kenan Stadium. View Video...

James Hurst Back In The Starting Spotlight

James Hurst prepared all offseason as if he could be the starter. Then, on the first drive of the 2015 season, he was right back in the saddle. With Eugene Monroe dealing with the effects of a concussion sustained in Denver and sitting out this week of practice, it appears Hurst is in line to start again Sunday against the Raiders. (Baltimore Ravens)

The Kicker: How Nick Weiler Returned a Crucial Element to UNC’s Offense

When UNC junior place-kicker Nick Weiler watched the ball sail through the uprights after a career-long 48 yard attempt last weekend, it was proof that times have changed. Last season the Tar Heels failed to hit a single field goal attempt from beyond 30 yards. In UNC’s first two games this year Weiler has connected on all three of his tries so far–with the shortest being from 38–emerging as one of the team’s biggest surprises. (Chapelboro.com)

Tar Heels have weapon in kicker Nick Weiler

Nick Weiler first became a placekicker simply to help out his high school team. "I started at safety and wide receiver, but we needed a kicker,'' Weiler said. "I had a really strong leg because I had played soccer. So, I taught myself that first year.'' Weiler would eventually receive help from a well-known kicking instructor, Bill Renner, the father of former North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner. (Fayetteville Observer)

Preview & Prediction: North Carolina vs Illinois

Put simply, if UNC can't get a win at home against a middle-of-the-road B1G team when it has an experienced offensive unit and a improving defense in the fourth year of the Larry Fedora tenure, the confidence level in this program is going to drop in a hurry. Also, if UNC can't win this game then the odds of winning against teams in the ACC also get much longer. Prediction: UNC 35, Illinois 24 (Tar Heel Blog)

Khris Francis: Down but not out

Khris Francis knew something was wrong when he planted his foot to make a cut. The then sophomore running back for the UNC football team had just caught the ball on a kickoff return in the second quarter against Pittsburgh and darted outside to find space. But just 15 yards from where he began, his trek was halted. As he lay down on the grass at Kenan Stadium, he knew what had happened. (Durham Voice)

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Last Game:
North Carolina: 38
Georgia Tech: 31
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UNC vs. Wake Forest
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UNC vs. Virginia
Sat, Oct 24, 3:30 ET RSN Tickets

UNC @ Pittsburgh
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