UNC QB Mitch Trubisky Settling InQuarterbacks are taught to slide to avoid contact, or at least run out of bounds. Mitch Trubisky did neither, instead absorbing a hard hit by Jaylen Dunlap at the 7-yard line. Larry Fedora wasn’t particularly happy with the decision, but he understood the explanation his starting quarterback provided once he returned to the sideline. “I needed it.” (Inside Carolina)
Week Two Takeaways: UNC OffenseQuarterback Mitch Trubisky showed some shiftiness, especially in the first half. One nice move led to a big gain that set up a UNC touchdown. It's odd. Trubisky doesn't look as shifty or as fast as Marquise Williams, but some of his runs and moves and definitely been both effective and productive. (Carolina Blue)
Tar Heels ride Trubisky's big night to 48-23 win at IllinoisUNC quarterback Mitch Trubisky threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores Saturday to lead the Tar Heels to a 48-23 win at Illinois. "We took what the defense gave us," Trubisky said. "We were just rolling; whoever was open was making plays. Our o-line did a good job all night. We just kept attacking the areas they were giving us." (Associated Press)
How Zach Brown became linebacker Buffalo Bills are counting onZach Brown's coaches can't help but let expletives slip when describing him. It might have something to do with how quickly he's picked up the playbook. Coaches love that about him. After a season in which much was made about the complexity of the defense, Brown seemingly has it down in just a few short months. He said it came easily to him. (New York Upstate)
Turner's Take: Champaign HighThese are the 2016 Tar Heels; this adversity, this triumph is theirs. The theme of 2015 was 'Got Your Back,' as each phase of the game, each unit took on the responsibility of picking up the others. If there was a mistake on offense, the defense would pick them up, and vice versa. This is the 2016 team, but that theme endures. (GoHeels.com)
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)
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