UNC Cruises Past Illinois 48-23, Picks Up First Win Of 2016Eager to prove itself following a disappointing loss to Georgia last week, the UNC football team recovered from an early hiccup Saturday to dominate the Illinois Fighting Illini 48-23 in Champaign. The Tar Heels moved to 1-1 in 2016 with a stellar performance–both offensively and defensively–that should provide fans with plenty of comfort entering the road ahead. (Chapelboro.com)
Video: Larry Fedora Post-Illinois Press ConferenceNorth Carolina head coach Larry Fedora speaks with the media following the Tar Heels' 48-23 win over Illinois in Champaign on Saturday.
UNC 48, Illinois 23: Heels capture first win of the season behind improved TrubiskyThe Tar Heels found an offensive groove in the second half against Illinois on the road in Champaign. North Carolina extended an eight point halftime lead to a 48-23 final score. The road win against this Big Ten foe helps the Tar Heels get a Power 5 conference win on the season, however, improvements are still needed before UNC moves on to conference play. (Tar Heel Blog)
North Carolina pulls away from Illinois for 48-23 victoryNorth Carolina reasserted itself after last week's disappointing start to the season with a loss to Georgia. Tar Heels quarterback Mitch Trubisky held the quarterback edge at Memorial Stadium as he connected on big plays and Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt looked unusually pedestrian and conservative with few deep passes. (Chicago Tribune)
Mitch Trubisky Accounts for Four Touchdowns in 48-23 Win Over IllinoisMitch Trubisky looked like a quarterback who can take UNC places, and while he was sacked twice, his line otherwise protected him against an Illinois defensive line that punished Murray State in its opener. The Tar Heels will finally see their home field next Saturday, playing against James Madison, who opened season with an 80-7 win over Morehead State. (GoHeels.com)
Video: Tar Heels Run Away From Illinois, 48-23 - HighlightsMitch Trubisky completed 19 of 24 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns, Elijah Hood ran for 88 yards and two scores, and North Carolina won at Illinois, 48-23, on September 10, 2016.
Video: Elijah Hood Finds the Endzone Twice vs. IllinioisNorth Carolina running back Elijah Hood found the endzone twice in the win over the Illini, including a 62-yard scamper to help the Tar Heels put the game away on September 10, 2016.
Trubisky, UNC bury Illinois for first win of 2016 seasonNorth Carolina’s performance Saturday proved the team still has enough talent to contend for a conference championship. MitchTrubisky found an offensive groove, ripping off yardage through the air and on the ground. That success was the reason UNC won the game, but his play may have done more good for his confidence than anything else. (Daily Tar Heel)
Box Score: North Carolina 48, Illinois 23View the complete box score from North Carolina's 48-23 win over Illinois in Champaign on Saturday night. (View Box Score)
UNC Defense Stifles IllinoisNorth Carolina’s defense locked down Illinois after giving up an early explosive play to help secure a critical 48-23 road win at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night. The Illini (1-1) needed just three plays to break off a 65-yard rushing touchdown and raise doubts regarding UNC’s beleaguered run defense. (Inside Carolina)
Ten reasons why Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant deserves a new contractOn Wednesday in this space, it was written that the Saskatchewan Roughriders should sign quarterback Darian Durant — whose contract is to expire after the 2016 CFL season — to an extension. The rationale: He is a legend. (Regina Leader-Post)
North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Preview and PredictionThis will not be a one-sided affair like last year’s matchup. Wes Lunt can throw the ball and the Illini defensive line is a handful. Plus, the crowd in Champaign will be ready to go. But UNC’s offensive weapons will be too much. Mitch Trubisky will be better, Elijah Hood will churn out yards, and UNC will hit a big play or two. Prediction: North Carolina 31, Illinois 27 (Athlon Sports)
Video: UNC Football Pre-Illinois MotivationalBefore the North Carolina football team takes on Illinois at 7:30 on the Big Ten Network (channel finder), get pumped by watching the same video shown to the Tar Heels prior to taking the field in Champaign.
Position Comparisons: UNC Offense vs. Illinois DefenseIllinois' front seven, particularly the defensive line, is loaded with athletic upperclassmen who are adept at stopping the run. UNC's opportunities will likely come against an older yet inexperienced secondary that favors man coverage. With a mindset to force turnovers, the Illini defense may render itself vulnerable against a UNC receiving corps that will look to give Mitch Trubisky open targets. (Carolina Blue)
Three key stats for UNC vs. IllinoisLast week, penalties and lack of short yard rushes (three passes from the five yard line!?) were vital in handing Georgia a victory. Heading into Saturday’s game, sacks/TFL and turnovers will require increased scrutiny. The third statistic to watch, time of possession, may unfortunately become a regular factor in games against tougher competition. (Tar Heel Blog)
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