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FSU Upsets #5 North CarolinaQuinn Riley

FSU Upsets #5 North Carolina

The Seminoles captured their second win of the year against UNC, and their first win of the year against an FBS team. It was their first win over a Top 5 team since October 18 of 2014, when the Seminoles beat #5 Notre Dame 31-27. It was FSU’s first time beating a Top 5 team as an unranked team since 2007, when they beat No. 2 ranked Boston College 27-17 in Boston. FSU is now 110-33 all time in night games (7pm start or later) at Doak Campbell Stadium.

The Seminoles have not been all that good for the past couple years but the hiring of Mike Norvell, and the upset against UNC are two steps in the right direction at turning this football program around.

First Quarter

The Tar Heels started the game with a punt in their first drive at about mid-field, which was blocked by Seminole RB Ja’Khi Douglas. It was his first career punt block, and it was picked up by LB DeCalon Brooks to be returned 18 yards.

On the first play of their drive, QB Jordan Travis ran a read option 26 yards for a TD, and the Seminoles had the early 7-0 lead.

On UNC’s next drive, they ended up punting for their second straight drive. This punt wasn’t exactly blocked, but it hit a hand and landed short.

FSU was not able to do anything with the ball, so it was handed over to UNC again. JaVonte Williams, the UNC RB had a couple of great runs to get the Tar Heels into good field position, but they couldn’t get any points.

The FSU offense had the ball on their own 7 yard line, but a 37 yard pass on the first play of the drive to Preston Daniel put them on their own 44. That ended the quarter.

Second Quarter:

After the long play that ended the first quarter, the Seminoles converted another long play. Ontaria Wilson caught a 52 yard pass on the first play of the second quarter, to set them up at the 4 yard line. The Seminole offense couldn’t get the ball in the endzone, with Jordan Travis being sacked on 3rd & Goal. Therefore, FSU kicked a field goal and they took the 10-0 lead early on.

UNC couldn’t get anything on their drive, so it was back in the hands of the Seminole offense with roughly six minutes to go. After gaining some yardage, Travis threw a deep ball to Keyshawn Helton which was caught for a gain of 40.

FSU managed to get it inches away from the goal line, and Travis pounded it in for the QB Sneak touchdown, his second rushing TD of the game. FSU had the 17-0 lead.

UNC had the ball with about 3 minutes to go in the half, and on 3rd and 3 with UNC on their own 32, UNC QB Sam Howell threw a screen pass intended for the RB, but was intercepted for a pick six by Joshua Kaindoh. FSU lead 24-0.

Before the half was over, UNC managed to punch in a TD, to get their first score of the game. That made it 24-7 with a minute left in the half.FSU got the ball, and quickly went down in 40 seconds, to score a touchdown and make it 31-7. Cameron McDonald had the score.

It was halftime, and FSU lead 31-7.

Third Quarter:

FSU started the second half with the ball, and after gaining a little bit of yardage through both the passing game and the running game, before RB La’Damian Webb had an unbelievable 54 yard run  to set the Seminoles up at the 3 yard line. Somehow the Seminoles weren’t able to get any points.

That started the UNC momentum. UNC RB JaVonte Williams had a 38 yard receiving TD, which made it 31-15 with about 3 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter, as they got the 2 point conversion. FSU got nothing on their drive, and Sam Howell and the Tar Heels started to rally. Sam Howell through a 33 yard TD pass to Beau Corrales, and it was 21-31, as UNC missed the 2 point conversion. That would have made it a 1 possession game. Then, to end the third quarter, Jordan Travis was picked off by Trey Morrison, and the Tar Heels had the ball on the FSU 40 yard line to start their drive.

Fourth Quarter:

In the start of the 4th, FSU got the stop but the Tar Heels had great field position. They went for the kick, but it was wide to the left. It remained 31-21. FSU got the ball deep into the UNC territory, but couldn’t get any points as UNC kicker Ryan Fitzgerald missed the kick. The score still remained 31-21 with 6 minutes to go in the ball game.The UNC offense drove downfield with the ball and managed to score a TD. That made it 31-28.

FSU didn’t get anything on their drive. It was Sam Howell and the Tar Heels offense set up perfectly for a game winning drive.On 2nd & 15, on their own 17, an amazing catch by Beau Corrales set them up on the 50 with a minute and 50 to go.That wasn’t enough though, and the FSU defense managed to get the stop. FSU had won the ball game.

Takeaways:

  • This will light a spark in this program and provide confidence
  • Wins like this in the rebuilding stage of FSU football is proving that Mike Norvell will turn this program around
  • If the UNC kicker didn’t miss the FG in the start of the 4th Qtr, and UNC converted on the 2 point Conversion in the 3rd, UNC would have won
  • FSU almost blowing it in the second half proves that the first half was all just momentum, and not the teams true colors

FSU Upsets #5 North Carolina

The Seminoles captured their second win of the year against UNC, and their first win of the year against an FBS team. It was their first win over a Top 5 team since October 18 of 2014, when the Seminoles beat #5 Notre Dame 31-27. It was FSU’s first time beating a Top 5 team as an unranked team since 2007, when they beat No. 2 ranked Boston College 27-17 in Boston. FSU is now 110-33 all time in night games (7pm start or later) at Doak Campbell Stadium.

The Seminoles have not been all that good for the past couple years but the hiring of Mike Norvell, and the upset against UNC are two steps in the right direction at turning this football program around.

First Quarter

The Tar Heels started the game with a punt in their first drive at about mid-field, which was blocked by Seminole RB Ja’Khi Douglas. It was his first career punt block, and it was picked up by LB DeCalon Brooks to be returned 18 yards.

On the first play of their drive, QB Jordan Travis ran a read option 26 yards for a TD, and the Seminoles had the early 7-0 lead.

On UNC’s next drive, they ended up punting for their second straight drive. This punt wasn’t exactly blocked, but it hit a hand and landed short.

FSU was not able to do anything with the ball, so it was handed over to UNC again. JaVonte Williams, the UNC RB had a couple of great runs to get the Tar Heels into good field position, but they couldn’t get any points.

The FSU offense had the ball on their own 7 yard line, but a 37 yard pass on the first play of the drive to Preston Daniel put them on their own 44. That ended the quarter.

Second Quarter:

After the long play that ended the first quarter, the Seminoles converted another long play. Ontaria Wilson caught a 52 yard pass on the first play of the second quarter, to set them up at the 4 yard line. The Seminole offense couldn’t get the ball in the endzone, with Jordan Travis being sacked on 3rd & Goal. Therefore, FSU kicked a field goal and they took the 10-0 lead early on.

UNC couldn’t get anything on their drive, so it was back in the hands of the Seminole offense with roughly six minutes to go. After gaining some yardage, Travis threw a deep ball to Keyshawn Helton which was caught for a gain of 40.

FSU managed to get it inches away from the goal line, and Travis pounded it in for the QB Sneak touchdown, his second rushing TD of the game. FSU had the 17-0 lead.

UNC had the ball with about 3 minutes to go in the half, and on 3rd and 3 with UNC on their own 32, UNC QB Sam Howell threw a screen pass intended for the RB, but was intercepted for a pick six by Joshua Kaindoh. FSU lead 24-0.

Before the half was over, UNC managed to punch in a TD, to get their first score of the game. That made it 24-7 with a minute left in the half.FSU got the ball, and quickly went down in 40 seconds, to score a touchdown and make it 31-7. Cameron McDonald had the score.

It was halftime, and FSU lead 31-7.

Third Quarter:

FSU started the second half with the ball, and after gaining a little bit of yardage through both the passing game and the running game, before RB La’Damian Webb had an unbelievable 54 yard run  to set the Seminoles up at the 3 yard line. Somehow the Seminoles weren’t able to get any points.

That started the UNC momentum. UNC RB JaVonte Williams had a 38 yard receiving TD, which made it 31-15 with about 3 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter, as they got the 2 point conversion. FSU got nothing on their drive, and Sam Howell and the Tar Heels started to rally. Sam Howell through a 33 yard TD pass to Beau Corrales, and it was 21-31, as UNC missed the 2 point conversion. That would have made it a 1 possession game. Then, to end the third quarter, Jordan Travis was picked off by Trey Morrison, and the Tar Heels had the ball on the FSU 40 yard line to start their drive.

Fourth Quarter:

In the start of the 4th, FSU got the stop but the Tar Heels had great field position. They went for the kick, but it was wide to the left. It remained 31-21. FSU got the ball deep into the UNC territory, but couldn’t get any points as UNC kicker Ryan Fitzgerald missed the kick. The score still remained 31-21 with 6 minutes to go in the ball game.The UNC offense drove downfield with the ball and managed to score a TD. That made it 31-28.

FSU didn’t get anything on their drive. It was Sam Howell and the Tar Heels offense set up perfectly for a game winning drive.On 2nd & 15, on their own 17, an amazing catch by Beau Corrales set them up on the 50 with a minute and 50 to go.That wasn’t enough though, and the FSU defense managed to get the stop. FSU had won the ball game.

Takeaways:

  • This will light a spark in this program and provide confidence
  • Wins like this in the rebuilding stage of FSU football is proving that Mike Norvell will turn this program around
  • If the UNC kicker didn’t miss the FG in the start of the 4th Qtr, and UNC converted on the 2 point Conversion in the 3rd, UNC would have won
  • FSU almost blowing it in the second half proves that the first half was all just momentum, and not the teams true colors
Last modified: October 20, 2020
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