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Dominique Ross' sack sparks UNC defense against JMU

The play came on third-and-six for James Madison on the UNC 14-yard line. The Dukes trailed 28-21 and were driving in the red zone. This was a big play. James Madison quarterback Bryan Schor dropped back and rolled to his left, then to his right, evading the reach of defensive end Mikey Bart. Out of nowhere, Ross sprinted forward in pursuit of Schor. (Daily Tar Heel)

Referees call penalty on Eric Ebron for faking Da'Norris Searcy out of his shoes

The Detroit Lions were in perfect position to score a touchdown after a pass interference penalty gave them first-and-goal on the 1-yard line against the Tennessee Titans. Then everything went wrong. Tight end Eric Ebron shook safety Da’Norris Searcy so badly in the end zone that the refs thought he pushed off and threw a flag, nullifying a Lions touchdown. (SB Nation)

Extra Points: Half Full, Half Empty?

Now on the cusp of ACC play, the Tar Heel offense is ranked 20th in the country in scoring offense at 42.7 points a game and 70th in scoring defense at 28. The defense has played well in stretches in three games; it’s flitted about in ineptness during chunks of all three as well. “I have lot of conflict on who we are right now,” Gene Chizik said. (GoHeels.com)

Early struggles forgotten for Mitch Trubisky

Mitch Trubisky was still down on himself after improving in a win at Illinois. The quarterback can be his harshest critic. But there wasn’t much to criticize after his record-breaking performance in a 56–28 win over James Madison in the Tar Heels’ home opener. “I’m a little bit better, feel a little better about it,” said Trubisky, who last week expressed frustration with himself. (Raleigh & Company)

North Carolina's Defensive Mental Adjustment

After highlighting the need for schematic adjustments early in North Carolina’s first two games, head coach Larry Fedora pointed to a different kind of adjustment after Saturday’s 56-28 win. “We just needed a mental adjustment,” Fedora said. “We needed an attitude adjustment. There was too much negative energy after the first drive, which was disappointing.” (Inside Carolina)

Darian Durant is making the best of the Saskatchewan Roughriders' bad season

Darian Durant is enduring — yet, in a sense, enjoying — the toughest season of his career. After missing the better part of 1 1/2 seasons due to injuries, the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ quarterback is back on the field. He savours that aspect of the 2016 CFL campaign. As a counterbalance, there are the losses. (Regina Leader-Post)

Eric Ebron looking like a red-zone weapon for Lions

Eric Ebron took a month off with an ankle injury, which makes it easy to forget just how good he was before the injury. But he was really good. Especially in the red zone. He just might have been Matthew Stafford's favorite target in the red zone. And in the Detroit Lions' season opener, he was once again. (MLive.com)

A few thoughts on UNC-James Madison

1. Mitch Trubisky has figured it out After a shaky debut as starter against Georgia, Trubisky has improved by leaps and bounds over the past two weeks. Making his third start, Trubisky threw for 432 yards and three touchdowns while completing 24 of 27 attempts, completing 18 straight. (Greensboro News & Record)

UNC defense: "It was on us to go out and execute"

The Tar Heels turned to their defensive leaders to settle them down. At halftime "Des (Lawrence) talked to everybody and reminded them that what we put out there in the first half wasn't who we were," junior linebacker Cayson Collins told CarolinaBlue. "Then Chizik came in and basically said the same thing. So we came out in the second half and fixed it." (Carolina Blue)

Tar Heels Explode Offensively to Fend Off Early JMU Upset Bid

Early on in UNC’s 56-28 win over James Madison, it wouldn’t have been easy to tell the difference between the Tar Heel defense and the Grand Canyon. However, a career day from quarterback Mitch Trubisky helped UNC fight through its shortcomings in its home opener—as the Tar Heels made sure there would be no upsets happening on their watch. (Chapelboro.com)

Shootout win shows good, bad for still-progressing Tar Heels

North Carolina's 56-28 win against James Madison showed that Tar Heels starting quarterback Mitch Trubisky seems to have gotten his feet beneath him. Trubisky threw for 432 yards, a new personal best, connecting 24 of 27 pass attempts for three touchdowns. "We were waiting for Mitch to flourish in his role, and tonight, he did,"wide receiver Ryan Switzer said. (WRAL Sports Fan)

After taking hits early, UNC defense settles down to silence shootout

North Carolina had plenty of encouraging things to point to after Saturday's win. Its offense piled up staggering numbers. Its 635 total yards were the seventh-highest total in school history. But there were many aspects of the performance that left Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora irked. Perhaps the most galling stat was his team's 110 yards in penalties. (Fayetteville Observer)

JMU falls to UNC 56-28 after explosive first quarter

When 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 Notes

Mitch 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 Quotes

What 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)

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Coastal DivisionACCOverall
(13) Miami7-210-3
(24) Virginia Tech5-39-4
Georgia Tech4-45-6
Pittsburgh3-55-7
Virginia3-56-7
Duke3-57-6
North Carolina1-73-9

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(23) NC State6-29-4
Wake Forest4-48-5
Boston College4-47-6
Louisville4-48-5
Florida State3-57-6
Syracuse2-64-8


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