Tar Heels Overcome Close Game at Florida State

 

 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (GoHeels.com)—Nick Weiler hit a 54-yard field goal with four seconds remaining to lift North Carolina (4-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) to a thrilling, 37-35 win over 12th-ranked Florida State (3-2, 0-2) on Saturday afternoon at Doak Campbell Stadium.  

Carolina led by three touchdowns in the first half, then saw FSU take the lead late in the fourth quarter before rallying in the two-minute offense for its second conseutive thrilling win.

Former walk-on wide receiver Thomas Jackson caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Mitch Trubisky as UNC retook the lead at 34-28 with 2:31 to play after FSU had tied the score at 28-28 in the fourth quarter.

Florida State blocked the extra point to keep the lead at six points at 34-28. The Seminoles drove inside the UNC five yard line in the final minute and scored to retake the lead, 35-34.  Carolina drove in the final seconds for the game-winning field goal after Weiler had missed a 51-yard attempt earlier in the game.

A week after a come-from-behind win over Pittsburgh, Carolina won for the third time in 19 all-time appearances against FSU in Tallahassee and won its 10th consecutive ACC regular season contest.

Trubisky was steller under center for the Tar Heels for the second game in a row. A week after throwing for 453 yards and five scores in the win over Pitt, Trubisky threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns while also running for a TD against the Seminoles.