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CHAMPAIGN, ILL.(GoHeels.com and 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.