North Carolina vs Florida State football score, live updates

Date: 2021-10-09 18:45:00

North Carolina coach Mack Brown faces his alma mater as Florida State visits Kenan Stadium for an ACC football matchup in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels (3-2, 2-2 ACC) have never beaten the Seminoles (1-4, 0-1) during Brown’s tenure. He had six losses during his first coaching stint at UNC and last season lost 31-28 in Tallahassee despite being ranked No. 5 in the nation. Carolina is a three touchdown favorite when the game kicks off today at 3:30 p.m. News & Observer UNC beat writer C.L. Brown is in Chapel Hill for all the action. Check back here for updates during the game.

Wilson touchdown catch. FSU 35, UNC 17. 3Q

Ontaria Wilson caught his second touchdown upheld by review. The Seminoles are 5-for-7 on third down conversions, but are doing most of their damage on first downs. FSU has gained 205 of its 356 total yards on first down, averaging 9.3 yards per play.

Travis touchdown run. FSU 28, UNC 17. 3Q

The Seminoles responded to UNC’s score with one of their own. Quarterback Jordan Travis connected with a wide-open Keyshawn Helton for a 44-yard gain. Travis would later call his own number on a 1-yard sneak for a touchdown.

Morales touchdown catch. UNC 17, FSU 21. 3Q

UNC breathed some life back into Kenan Stadium with a touchdown drive on its first possession of the second half. Tight end Kamari Morales scored on a 21-yard reception on a drive kept alive by a 9-yard scramble by Sam Howell on third down.

Wilson touchdown catch. FSU 21, UNC 10. 2Q

Ontaria Wilson caught a 32-yard touchdown with 53 seconds left in the first half. The Heels don’t have an answer for FSU quarterback Jordan Travis, who rushed for 22 yards on the 80-yard drive. The Noles have now scored on their last three possessions.

Jones interception

UNC’s Sam Howell tried to connect with receiver Khafre Brown in the corner of the end zone. But FSU’s Jarrian Jones picked it off to end a Tar Heel drive that reached the FSU 30.

Florida State’s Jarrian Jones (7) reacts after intercepting a Sam Howell pass intended for Khafre Brown (1) in the second quarter on Saturday, October 9, 2021at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. Robert Willett

Travis touchdown run. FSU 14, UNC 10. 2nd Qtr

After forcing the UNC offense into a three-and-out, FSU quarterback Jordan Travis kept the ball on an RPO and raced 53-yards untouched to put the Noles ahead.

McClain touchdown catch. FSU 7, UNC 10. 2nd Qtr

Malik McClain caught a 5-yard score to cap off a 12-play, seven-minute drive from the Seminoles. The Seminoles converted a key third-and-8 with a 16-yard run by Jashaun Corbin to keep the drive going.

Downs touchdown reception. UNC 10, FSU 0. 1st Qtr

Josh Downs caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Sam Howell. The drive was set up by the Heels converting a fourth-and-1 when FSU defensive lineman Fabien Lovett jumped offsides. The touchdown pass marked Howell’s 31st straight game with one. The touchdown catch was Downs’ seventh straight game with a score.

North Carolina’s Josh Downs (11) celebrates after scoring on a 33-yard pass reception from quarterback Sam Howell in the first quarter against Florida State on Saturday, October 9, 2021at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C. Robert Willett

Atkins field goal. UNC 3, FSU 0. 1st Qtr

Carolina took its opening drive to the FSU 30, but a false start penalty by Josh Downs on third down cause it to stall out. The Heels settled for a 51-yard field goal from Grayson Atkins, which tied his longest at UNC.

Injury update

UNC announced that cornerback Storm Duck, running back Caleb Hood and defensive tackle Kristian Varner are all out for the game with injuries.

This story was originally published October 9, 2021 2:48 PM.

C.L. Brown covers the University of North Carolina for The News & Observer. Brown brings more than two decades of reporting experience including stints as the beat writer on Indiana University and the University of Louisville. After a long stay at the Louisville Courier-Journal, where he earned an APSE award, he’s had stops at, The Athletic and even tried his hand at running his own website,

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