UNC-FSU Notebook

John Bunting

CHAPEL HILL, NC--The North Carolina Tar Heels ended a few ugly streaks with their 41-9 bashing of Florida State on Saturday as some key performers closed in on some major milestones in UNC's first victory of the season.

Here are some notes from Carolina's victory.

  • Florida State didn't commit a turnover until its 146th offensive play of the season when UNC's Joey Evans recovered quarterback Chris Rix's fumble in the first quarter on Saturday. FSU turned the ball over five times against the Tar Heels including four fumbles.

  • Florida State ranks first in the ACC and second nationally with 41 players on opening day NFL rosters. North Carolina is second in the ACC and 10th nationally with 27. From the 1997 contest on what was deemed "Judgement Day" by the national media when No. 5 UNC hosted No. 2 FSU, there are a total of 41 players on current NFL rosters. That game also featured 11 future first-round NFL selections: FSU's Andre Wadsworth, Tra Thomas, Peter Warrick, Corey Simon, Sebastian Janikowski, Jamal Reynolds and Derrick Gibson and UNC's Greg Ellis, Vonnie Holliday, Brian Simmons, and Ebenezer Ekuban.

  • The Seminoles are the only team in major college football history to finish among the top four for 14 consecutive seasons, having done so every season since 1986.

  • Bowden is fourth all-time among Division I-A coaches with 317 career victories. Only Paul "Bear" Bryant (323), Joe Paterno (322) and Glenn "Pop" Warner (319) have more victories than Bowden.

  • Over the last 14 years, the Seminoles have won the Sugar Bowl four times, Orange Bowl three times, the Fiesta twice, and Cotton Bowl once.

  • Carolina has now played three teams in the Associated Press top ten in its four games making this the first season since 1955 that UNC has faced as many top ten opponents. That season, Carolina lost to No. Oklahoma (13-6), No. 2 Maryland (25-7) and No. 5 Notre Dame (27-7). The Tar Heels also faced three top ten clubs in 1943, falling to No. 6 Duke twice and defeating No. 10 Pennsylvania. The last time UNC defeated a ranked team was in 1997 when they handled No. 17 Stanford. The last time the Heels knocked off a top ten opponent was in 1996 at No. 9 Syracuse.

  • Saturday's 41-9 win over No. 5 FSU marked the highest ranked team to ever fall to the Tar Heels.

  • With the victory, Carolina is now 1-11-1 against the Seminoles. The only other time UNC didn't lose to the Seminoles was in 1986 when they tied 10-10 in Tallahassee. That happens to have been the game that former Carolina coach Dick Crum broke his leg when hit on a play that crashed into the sidelines.

  • Carolina's 63-14 loss last year at Florida State was the school's worst loss since getting destroyed 52-2 by Florida in 1969. The 63 points were the second most ever allowed by a UNC club and the most given up in an ACC game.

  • Entering Saturday's game Carolina's schedule is rated as the toughest in the ACC according to the Sagarin rankings. The order of the ACC's toughest schedules nationally: Duke (17), Virginia (43), Wake Forest (71), N.C. State (80), FSU (86), Georgia Tech (100), Clemson (112) and Maryland (116).

  • Kenan Stadium began its 75th season of use with Saturday's game. In that time, UNC is 236-141-16 all-time Among the Pines. From 1990-97 Carolina was 40-9-1 at home. However, in the in the last three seasons Carolina is 8-10 at home.

  • Kory Bailey's three receptions against the Seminoles puts him just one shy of Art Weiner for seventh place on the school's all-time list. Earl Winfield is fifth with 108 receptions.

  • Ronald Curry's four completed passes give him 303 for his career, making him just one of five Tar Heel QB's to ever complete that many passes. Curry's one-yard touchdown plunge tied him for the UNC record for rushing TD's by a quarterback.

  • Junior defensive end Julius Peppers took sole possession of second place on Carolina's all-time sacks list on Saturday in Chapel Hill with 25.

  • Senior linebacker and former walk-on David Thornton had his three-game streak with at least ten tackles in a game end with just six on Saturday.


Andrew Jones is in his sixth year covering football and basketball for Inside Carolina. He also in his fourth year as a copy editor and staff writer for the Wilmington Star-News and hosts a nightly radio show on WAAV-AM980 in Wilmington. He has also written for ACCNews and once published The College Game and the former Total Sports. He can be reached via e-mail at: AJWAAV@aol.com.

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