North Carolina hands The Citadel 1st loss of the season
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Mitch Trubisky passed for 184 yards and three touchdowns to help North Carolina beat The Citadel 41-7 on Saturday.
T.J. Logan had a touchdown catch and a 100-yard kickoff return for a score for the Tar Heels (8-3), who forced a season-high four turnovers.
Ryan Switzer added a 72-yard touchdown as North Carolina won for the 11th time in its last 12 home games.
Dominquie Green ended North Carolina's interception drought when he picked off a pass and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. The Tar Heels had been the only FBS team not to intercept a pass this season.
The Citadel (10-1) rushed for 344 yards and outgained North Carolina 371-356.
Grant Drakeford had a 28-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for the Bulldogs, whose school-record 10-game winning streak came to an end.
The Citadel: The Bulldogs stumbled in their stiffest test of the season to date. Lacking an effective passing attack, they were unable to rally after falling behind early. The Citadel must try to avoid similar circumstances in the postseason as opponents load up to try to stop its vaunted running game.
North Carolina: Coming off a deflating loss and playing an undefeated opponent with an unconventional offense, the Tar Heels won a dangerous game without much difficulty. Their advantages in speed and overall talent were too much for The Citadel to overcome.
The Citadel: The Bulldogs will play in the FCS playoffs after earning the automatic berth from the Southern Conference.
North Carolina: Still alive for the ACC's Coastal Division title, the Tar Heels host rival N.C. State on Friday. North Carolina needs to win and needs Virginia Tech to lose at home to Virginia in order to play in the conference championship game for the second year in a row.