North Carolina at Florida State

UNC snaps No. 12 Florida State's 22-game home win streak

By JOE REEDY
Associated Press
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Nick Weiler ended up going from goat to hero in the span of 23 seconds.

North Carolina's senior kicker saw No. 12 Florida State take a late one-point lead with the difference being a blocked extra point. But the Tar Heels were able to drive 38 yards in three plays, helped by extra yardage due to a pass interference call, to set the stage for Weiler to atone for his earlier mistake.

He nailed a career-best, 54-yard field goal as time to expired to give North Carolina a 37-35 win and snap the Seminoles' 22-game home winning streak. It was the second straight week that the Tar Heels (4-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won in the final seconds. Last Saturday, they defeated Pittsburgh by one point on a touchdown pass from Mitch Trubisky with two seconds remaining.

''I knew it was within his distance. That wasn't the issue,'' North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said of Weiler's kick. ''He had something to prove. After the extra point got blocked, I talked to him on the sideline and said he had to get it out of his head. He got his mind right and we gave him his shot.''

The Tar Heels had lost three straight games to ranked teams, and the Seminoles are the highest-ranked team they have knocked off on the road since defeating No. 9 Syracuse in 1996.

Trubisky had his third straight 400-yard game, completing 31 of 38 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan Switzer had 14 receptions for 158 yards.

Florida State (3-2, 0-2) trailed 21-0 in the second quarter but rallied to take a 35-34 lead in the final minute on a 8-yard touchdown run by Deondre Francois. The freshman quarterback, who was 20 of 32 for 372 yards, looked like he was going to be sacked at the UNC 8 but eluded tackles by Mikey Bart and Malik Carney to score.

Dalvin Cook accounted for 256 yards of total offense - 140 yards rushing and 106 receiving - and three touchdowns. He is the first Florida State back to have a 100-yard rushing and receiving game.

''We can't keep learning lessons,'' Cook said. ''We can't keep letting everybody know that we're going to come out flat. And they're going to jump on us. And then we're going to fight back. The team knows that by now.''

KICKING IT THROUGH

Earlier in the game, Weiler was short on a 51-yard try along with the blocked PAT.

Weiler's game-winning field goal tied the second-longest in school history and he had plenty of distance. He celebrated by running around the field and doing the ''tomahawk chop.''

''I'm pretty sure I blacked out after making the kick. I've never been that tired or ran that much in a game,'' Weiler said. ''Once he gave the hands up I was out, next thing I remember was being on the bottom of the dog pile.''

Florida State's Ricky Aguayo also had a long day as he missed all three of his field goal attempts. He was wide right on two and the other was blocked.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

It's hard seeing the Seminoles fall from No. 12 to out of the poll but they could if voters into account that FSU is 7-5 in its last 12 games. North Carolina fell out of the rankings after losing its opener to Georgia but this win could put them back in the Top 25.

TAKEAWAYS

North Carolina: Even though the defense continues to struggle - it allowed 595 yards to FSU - Trubisky and Switzer are emerging as one of the top duos in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Trubisky has not thrown an interception in 240 attempts this season.

Florida State: The Seminoles were considered to be a College Football Playoff contender at the beginning of the season but now needs to string some victories together if it even hopes to make a top-tier bowl game. The defense is allowing 6.98 yards per play, which is among the worst in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

UP NEXT

North Carolina: The Tar Heels host Virginia Tech, who they defeated 30-27 in overtime last season to clinch the Coastal Division title.

Florida State: The Seminoles travel to Miami looking to extend their winning streak over the Hurricanes to seven.

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Scoreboard
North Carolina  (4-1) «7147937
Florida State #12  (3-2)0772135
Players of the Game
Seminoles

D. Cook
Rush 29
Yds 140
Avg 4.8
TD 3
Tar Heels

M. Trubisky
Att 38
Comp 31
Yds 405
TD 3
Scoring Summary
UNCT.J. Logan 22 yd pass from Mitch Trubisky (Nick Weiler kick)
UNCT.J. Logan 13 yd run (Nick Weiler kick)
UNCMitch Trubisky 4 yd run (Nick Weiler kick)
FSUDalvin Cook 9 yd run (Ricky Aguayo kick)
FSUJacques Patrick 0 yd run (Ricky Aguayo kick)
UNCMack Hollins 15 yd pass from Mitch Trubisky (Nick Weiler kick)
FSUDalvin Cook 1 yd run (Ricky Aguayo kick)
FSUDalvin Cook 3 yd run (Ricky Aguayo kick)
UNCThomas Jackson 34 yd pass from Mitch Trubisky (missed kick)
FSUDeondre Francois 2 yd run (Ricky Aguayo kick)
UNCNick Weiler 54 yd FG
 
Team Stats
 UNCFSU
First Downs2830
Third Down Efficiency9-134-11
Fourth Down Efficiency0-12-2
Plays-Net Yards70-53875-595
Rushes-Yds32-13343-223
Passing Yds405372
Kick Return Yds2140
Punt Return Yds00
Passes31-38-020-32-0
Punts1-391-33
Fumbles-Lost2-11-0
Penalties-Yds6-4913-120
Time of Poss.25:234:58
 
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RUSHING
UNC: T.J. Logan 10-77, Elijah Hood 13-47, Khris Francis 3-8, Ryan Switzer 1-7, Mitch Trubisky 5--6
FSU: Dalvin Cook 29-140, Deondre Francois 10-32, Kermit Whitfield 2-29, Jacques Patrick 2-22
PASSING
UNC: Mitch Trubisky 31-38-405-0
FSU: Deondre Francois 20-32-372-0
RECEIVING
UNC: Ryan Switzer 14-158, Mack Hollins 5-69, Austin Proehl 4-63, Bug Howard 4-51, Thomas Jackson 2-34, T.J. Logan 1-22, Carl Tucker 1-8
FSU: Jesus Wilson 6-120, Dalvin Cook 6-106, Ryan Izzo 4-63, Mavin Saunders 3-74, Travis Rudolph 1-9
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
North Carolina2nd Atlantic Coast Coastal5-38-5
Florida State3rd Atlantic Coast Atlantic5-310-3

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