“When the game was on the line and we had to make a big play, we did,” Stanford coach David Shaw said.
“When we weren’t playing well, he was playing great. At the end of the year, he played so well. He played so hard until the rest of us on offense started picking it up around him. So this six-game run that we finished the season on is a large part to him.”
That included North Carolina, which also recruited the Wake Forest, North Carolina, product.
Stanford took a 25-17 lead on Conrad Ukropina’s 27-yard field goal with 3:23 left.
North Carolina was forced to punt on its next series, but used two timeouts to get the ball back.
After taking over at their own 3, the Tar Heels drove 97 yards in 10 plays and 1:11.
Stanford then sacked Trubisky on the 2-point try, a rush led by Solomon Thomas forcing the quarterback to retreat before being taken down.
Stanford safety Dallas Lloyd intercepted two of Trubisky’s passes, returning the second 19 yards for a touchdown to give Stanford a 22-17 lead early in the fourth quarter.