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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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

Turner's Take: The Quarterback

In his home debut as the starting quarterback, Mitch Trubisky had his coming-out party. He was accurate, completing 24 of his 27 pass attempts to nine different receivers for 432 yards and three touchdowns. He was patient, taking what the defense gave him, going through his progressions and making the best play possible. And he was a winner.

Video: Larry Fedora Post-James Madison Press Conference

North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora fields questions from the media following the Tar Heels' 56-28 win over James Madison on September 17, 2016.

Lucas: Rapid Reactions - James Madison

James 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.

Video: Tar Heels Top James Madison 56-28 in Home Opener - Highlights

North 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 56-28

Mitch 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.

Video: Mitch Trubisky Sets Career Bests vs. JMU

Mitch 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. JMU

This 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 28

View the complete box score from North Carolina's 56-28 win over James Madison on Saturday at Kenan Stadium.

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Football Schedule at a Glance
Last Game:
North Carolina: 21
NC State: 33
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Upcoming Games:
UNC @ California
Sat, Sep 1 TBD
UNC @ East Carolina
Sat, Sep 8 TBD
UNC vs. UCF
Sat, Sep 15 TBD

ACC Football Standings
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

Atlantic DivisionACCOverall
(4) Clemson8-112-2
(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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