JMU’s fast start doesn’t last against North Carolina, loses 56-28

North Carolina’s Jason Strowbridge (55), Cayson Collins and Myles Dorn try to stop James Madison’s Khalid Abdullah (32) from scoring as James Madison’s Daniel Schiele (15) blocks in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. Abdullah scored on the play. (Gerry Broome/AP)
North Carolina’s Jason Strowbridge (55), Cayson Collins and Myles Dorn try to stop James Madison’s Khalid Abdullah (32) from scoring as James Madison’s Daniel Schiele (15) blocks in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016. Abdullah scored on the play. (Gerry Broome/AP)

BY AARON BEARD
AP Sports Writer

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WRIC/AP) — Mitch Trubisky threw for a career-high 432 yards and three touchdowns while setting two school records to help North Carolina beat James Madison 56-28 in Saturday’s home opener.

Trubisky completed 24 of 27 passes, including a program 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.

“He’s getting better and better, and more comfortable and more comfortable,” UNC coach Larry Fedora said. “Now as you see him get more comfortable, you’re seeing Mitch Trubisky come out now. You’re seeing the guy that can do all the things that we think he can do.”

Meanwhile, Elijah Hood and T.J. Logan combined to rush for five scores for the Tar Heels (2-1), who finished with 635 yards and didn’t punt until midway through the fourth quarter.

Khalid Abdullah ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns for the Dukes (2-1), who scored touchdowns on all three first-quarter drives. But they couldn’t keep up with the Tar Heels’ humming offense and didn’t reach the end zone again until the third quarter after UNC led by 21.

“They’ve got some great athletes, but we made some mistakes there early that gave them some real cheap ones, some easy scores where they didn’t have to work very much,” JMU coach Mike Houston said. “That’s our fault.”

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