Saturday marks FSU’s third home game of the season. They are 1-1 with a loss against Georgia Tech and a victory over Jacksonville State and Tallahassee. The tar heels are on their way only the second time this season after winning Boston College opens October.
It marks the second week in a row that the Seminoles play a team in the Top 5. Last week, when FSU lost at Vor Fruethe fighting Irish were ranked No. 5 in the nation. This week, Tar Heels claims that place. This is only the second time in the program history that FSU meets a top-5 opponent in consecutive weeks. The only second time FSU has played top-5 opponents in consecutive weeks was in 1980, when the Seminoles played at No. 3 Nebraska on October 4 and then Host No. 4 Pitt on October 11th. FSU also hosted No. 2 in 1991 Miami on November 16 and then after an open date played at No. 5 Florida November 30th.
FSU leads the all-time series against Tar Heels, 15-3-1, but has lost two straight to them, with both of these games taking place in Tallahassee (2010, 2016). FSU is 7-2-1 overall in Tallahassee against North Carolina.
Seminoles hosts North Carolina for the third time in a row in the series. FSU is only the seventh team in ACC history to play three straight home games against a conference opponent. Only since Clemson hosted Wake Forest every year from 1983 to 1985.
It marks FSU’s head coach Mike Norvell‘s first meeting against North Carolina. North Carolina head coach Mack Brown, enjoying his second duty ride in Chapel Hill, is looking for his first ever win against the Seminoles. Brown is 0-9 all the time against his alma mater, including 0-6 in North Carolina against the Seminoles.
18,016 is the official attendance.
1:16 – Defensive tackle Cory Durden was called to target the North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell. He was disqualified from the game for hit that stood up after review.
2:46 – Defensive end Joshua Kaindoh comes between the North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell and his intended receiver and making an interception in stride that he returns 25 yards for a touchdown. FSU leads 24-0.
3:29 – FSU completes a 9-play, 75-yard drive that takes 3:38 with a 1-yard touchdown run by the quarterback Jordan Travis. Key play was a 39-yard completion from Travis to wide receiver Keyshawn Helton.
7:07 – North Carolina goes after the 4th and 1st, but is stopped by a pack of Seminoles led by linebackers Amari Gainer and Emmett Rice.
12:59 – FSU have to settle for a 24-yard field goal with kicker Ryan Fitzgerald, to take a 10-0 lead. The Seminoles completed an 8-play, 91-yard drive that took two to four.
14:50 – After a false start at a narrow end Camren McDonald, FSU’s first offensive snap in the second quarter is a 58-yard pass from the quarterback Jordan Travis to wide receiver Ontaria Wilson. It was a career-long reception for Wilson.
0:00 – FSU ends the opening quarter with a 36-yard poppas from quarterback Jordan Travis to the tight end Preston Daniel. It was the first career reception for Daniel. FSU ended the quarter with 69 offensive yards, but most importantly a 7-0 lead.
0:56 – FSU strengthens a point and starts with a very long field. They stopped the North Carolina drive when defensive tackling Cory Durden and linebacker DJ Lundy combined for a sack North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell. It was a loss of eight yards on the third down.
5:32 – FSU can not do anything with the blocked point. The Seminoles go 3-and-out and need to point it away.
7:06 – UNC must again. It’s blocked again. This time defensive tackle Marvin Wilson got his hands on it. FSU starts at the 29-yard line.
10:23 – FSU has to score after being 3-and-out.
11:25 – North Carolina’s second possession ends with a point after a 3-and-out.
12:40 – FSU immediately transforms their short field position into a 23 yard touchdown run by the quarterback Jordan Travis on the first offensive snap of the game. The Seminoles have a 7-0 lead. highlight here.
12:47 – FSU forces a point. It is blocked by running backwards Jak’hi Douglas and returned 18 yards to 23 yards line by linebacker DeCalon Brooks.
15:00 – FSU starts to North Carolina
Expected starting lineups
Here are the announced starting lineups. They are updated at kickoff:
Defense: OF Joshua Kaindoh, DT Marvin Wilson, DT Robert Cooper, OF Janarius Robinson, LB Emmett Rice, LB Stephen Dix Jr., DB Jarvis Brownlee, CB Akeem Dent, S Renardo Green, S Jaiden Lars-Woodbey, CB Asante Samuel Jr.
Comments: It’s the first career start for Dix Jr. and Brownlee.
Crime: QB Jordan Travis, RB La’Damian Webb, RB Jashaun Corbin, WR Ontaria Wilson, WR Warren Thompson, TE Camren McDonald, LT Devontay Love-Taylor, LG Dontae Lucas, C Maurice Smith, RG Baveon Johnson, RT Robert Scott Jr.
Specialists: K Ryan Fitzgerald, S Alex Mastromanno, LS Garrett Murray, LS Grant Glennon, H Tommy Martin
Multiple Pregame Notes
– The game starts at. 19.49. It’s an updated time.
Those who are not undressed include: WR Tamorrion Terry, TE Jordan Wilson, OL Zane Sild, DL TJ Davis, DL Jarrett Jackson, DT Fabien Lovett, DT Tru Thompson, CB Put Jones, DB Carlos Becker, DB Demorie Tate, S Hamsah Nasirildeen (as all were seen)
– The first team offensive line, from left to right, is expected to be Devontay Love-Taylor, Dontae Lucas, Maurice Smith, Baveon Johnson and Robert Scott Jr.
– Linebacker Stephen Dix Jr. seems to be getting started again Leonard Warner on middle linebacker.
– Defensive tackle Dennis Briggs is dressed up and warming up. He had been disqualified earlier this season but now appears to have returned to the team.
– Defensive tackle Tru Thompson does not heat up. He is not expected to be available in the evening.
– Defensive back Travis Jay, who has missed the last two games, is dressed up and warming up.
– Defensive back Put Jones was not seen during heating.
– Security Hamsah Nasirildeen is not dressed for tonight’s match.
– One flip chart change on the depth chart is the wide receiver Jordan Young has replaced Tamorrion Terry on the depth map and is in a -or situation with Warren Thompson and Kentron Poitier.
– Speaking of Terry, he was on the sidelines prior to the game using crutches to get around.
– Prior to warm-ups before the game, it is expected that FSU will follow the same offensive line as they chose at. Vor Frue. Offensive tackle Darius Washington remains prevented by an injury. Washington is dressed and available in the evenings.
– The main judge is Duane Heydt.
– FSU wears their traditional grenade and gold uniforms.
– NFL teams represented in the evening include Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars. Reese’s Senior Bowl is also represented.
– Quarterback Jordan Travis, who was beaten up last week against Notre Dame, says he is good to go and 100%.
– Colleague quarterback Chubba Purdy expected to be available today. It would mark his debut with the Seminoles if he takes the field.
– FSU will be without starting wide receiver Tamorrion Terry, who underwent a knee procedure this week. That operation was successful. Now the question is, who is standing up for FSU with the Terry sideline?
– It’s left to see if defensive back Hamsah Nasirildeen will debut today or if fellow defensive back Travis Jay can recover from injury. Also another player we will see to see if he is available in pregame is offensive tackling Darius Washington, who missed last week due to an injury. FSU’s depth map from Monday to today’s game can be found here.
– Another story to keep an eye on in foreplay is if FSU make any moves in defense to shake things up and try to produce better results as they have been terrible on that side of the ball through their first four games of the season.
– FSU’s chapter on uplifting athletes holds a Touchdown Drive today. Click here for more information.
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