North Carolina upsets Florida State with last-second field goal


North Carolina played like a team that is capable of giving anyone fits. After taking a 21-0 advantage over Florida State midway throughout the second quarter, the Seminoles looked well on their way to their second loss in three weeks.

They went into the half down two touchdowns, managing to put their first points on the scoreboard with under five minutes left in the second quarter. However, when they came back from the break, they began to mount their comeback. After scoring the first points of the second half and cutting the lead to one score, there wasn’t a soothsayer in the world who didn’t think they knew where this one was going.

North Carolina, though, didn’t get the message. They continued to fight, answering back with a score of their own after a lighting-quick nine-play, two minute drive. The Seminoles remained down two scores going into the final stanza of the game.

All North Carolina needed to do is play Florida State even for another 15 minutes to be winners.

Florida State outscored North Carolina 21-6 for the final 14:56 of the football game and appeared to have it in the bag after blocking a North Carolina extra point. A touchdown and point after for the Seminoles put them ahead 35-34 with :23 seconds left to play. The Tar Heels quarterback then orchestrated a three play drive, that included a 23 yard completion, an incomplete pass, and a defensive pass interference call that put North Carolina at the 37 yard line, and set them up for a field goal.

The kick was good, and the Tar Heels upset the Seminoles, 37-35.

54 yards to beat Florida State at home. Top it with a chop.

Florida State plays rival Miami next week. I’ll be curious to see if this galvanizes them, or if they come out lethargic and doughy.

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