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)
James Madison brings gaudy rushing attack to UNCThe North Carolina football team opens at home this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. when James Madison comes to Kenan Stadium. UNC (1-1) is a heavy favorite in this matchup between a Power 5 school and a football championship subdivision (FCS) school. But the Dukes (2-0) have won both of its games this season — and have done so by an average of 54 points per game. (Daily Tar Heel)
Tar Heels have plenty to prove against FCS opponentThrough two games, the Dukes (2-0) have averaged 68 points and run for a total of 810 yards and 13 touchdowns. “That’s hard to get done in practice against air," Larry Fedora said. "That’s a lot of yardage; they’ve had a lot of success running the football in the first two weeks and they’re serious about it. You’re hitting on a lot of cylinders early in the season.” (Greensboro News & Record)
Pregame Warmup: James Madison at North CarolinaWill T.J. Logan’s role grow? Logan has been arguably the Tar Heels’ best player this season. So far, the senior running back has 134 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, and he also scored on a touchdown catch last week. He has had a hand on special teams, too, returning a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in the opener and a 58-yard return last week. (Greensboro News & Record)
Video: Andre Smith - Solidifying the Linebacker PositionNorth Carolina sophomore Andre Smith has stepped up his performance at middle linebacker for the Tar Heels and been a player that Coach Chizik can count on.
Video: Nick Weiler Helps Celebrate Extra Yard For Teachers WeekNorth Carolina kicker Nick Weiler surprised New Hope elementary teacher Angela Breeze with a $500 DonorsChoose.org gift card.
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