TALLAHASSEE — Florida State hosts No. 5 North Carolina on Saturday at 7:49 p.m. from Doak S. Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. The game between the Seminoles (1-3, 0-3 ACC) and the Tar Heels (3-0, 3-0 ACC) will be shown nationally on ABC. For more on how to watch, stream or listen, click here.
Saturday marks FSU’s third home game of the season. They are 1-1 with a loss to Georgia Tech and a victory over Jacksonville State in Tallahassee. The Tar Heels are on the road for just the second time this season, having won at Boston College to open October.
It marks the second consecutive week that the Seminoles are playing a team within the Top 5. Last week, when FSU lost at Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish were ranked No. 5 in the nation. This week, the Tar Heels claim that spot. It is only the second time in program history that FSU will face a top-5 opponent in consecutive weeks. The only other time that FSU has played top-5 opponents in consecutive weeks was 1980 when the Seminoles played at No. 3 Nebraska on Oct. 4 and then hosted No. 4 Pitt on Oct. 11. Also, in 1991 FSU hosted No. 2 Miami on Nov. 16 and then after an open date played at No. 5 Florida on Nov. 30.
FSU leads the all-time series against the Tar Heels, 15-3-1, but have lost two straight to them, with both of those games happening in Tallahassee (2010, 2016). FSU is 7-2-1 overall in Tallahassee against North Carolina.
The Seminoles are hosting North Carolina for the third consecutive time in the series. FSU is only the seventh team in ACC history to play three straight home games against a conference opponent. First since Clemson hosted Wake Forest each year from 1983 to 1985.
It marks FSU head coach Mike Norvell’s first meeting against North Carolina. North Carolina head coach Mack Brown, who is enjoying his second tour of duty in Chapel Hill, is looking for his first-ever win against the Seminoles. Brown is 0-9 all-time against his alma mater, including 0-6 at North Carolina against the Seminoles.
13:39 – North Carolina kicker Grayson Atkins misses a 44-yard field goal attempt.
15:00 – North Carolina has the ball to start the final quarter. They trail by 10, 31-21.
0:01 – North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell connects with wide receiver Beau Corrales for a 33-yard touchdown pass. It capped another quick strike by the Tar Heels as they went 84 yards on five plays in 2:14. The two-point conversion failed.
2:20 – FSU punts it away after a 3-and-out.
4:07 – North Carolina strikes fast as quarterback Sam Howell hits running back Javonte Williams for a 38-yard touchdown pass. It caps a 4-play, 49-yard drive that takes 1:20 off the clock. Howell then hits tight end Garrett Walston for a 2-point conversion. The Tar Heels close the gap to 31-15.
7:10 – FSU forces their second turnover on downs of the evening as North Carolina can’t convert inside the red zone.
12:02 – Kicker Ryan Fitzgerald misses a 33-yard field goal attempt. It spoiled a drive that…
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