North Carolina 48, Illinois 23

Mitch Trubisky accounted for four touchdowns.

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- North Carolina 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.

Trubisky was coming off a workmanlike performance a week earlier against Georgia that wasn't enough to deliver a win.

On Saturday, he was 19-24 passing and didn't throw an interception. And he carried the ball nine times for 42 yards.

Early on, Trubisky had to lead the Tar Heels (1-1) from behind.

Illinois (1-1) went up 7-0 on the opening drive while North Carolina's offense started slow.

Trubisky jump-started the attack, rushing for two short touchdowns by the end of the first quarter and giving UNC a 17-14 lead it never gave up.

The Tar Heels held Illinois quarterback Wes Lunt to 127 yards and two touchdowns on 17-35 passing.


Trubisky looked like a quarterback who can take North Carolina places, and while he was sacked twice his line otherwise protected him against an Illinois defensive line that punished Murray State in its opener. But before a late 62-yard touchdown when the game was all but decided, North Carolina struggled to get tailback Elijah Hood going. Aside from that TD he finished with 26 yards on 14 carries. UNC will need him when ACC play starts Sept. 24.


The Tar Heels will finally see their home field on Saturday, playing their first game at Kenan Memorial Stadium this season, against James Madison. James Madison opened season with an 80-7 win over Morehead State.

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