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.
18,016 is official attendance.
0:17 – FSU answers right back. Quarterback Jordan Travis executes the 1-minute drill with precision and great decisions. A perfect 33-yard pass to wide receiver Warren Thompson sets up a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Camren McDonald. FSU goes 75 yards in five plays and just 45 seconds to take a 31-7 lead just before the half.
1:02 – North Carolina gets on the board when running back Javonte Williams scores from a yard out. It capped off an 8-play, 75-yard drive that took 1:44.
2:46 – Defensive end Joshua Kaindoh gets between North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell and his intended receiver and makes an interception in stride that he returns 25 yards for a touchdown. FSU leads 24-0.
12:59 – FSU has to settle for a 24-yard field goal by kicker Ryan Fitzgerald, to take a 10-0 lead. The Seminoles completed an 8-play, 91-yard drive that took 2:57.
14:50 – After a false start by tight end Camren McDonald, FSU’s first offensive snap of the second quarter is a 58-yard pass from 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 pop pass from quarterback Jordan Travis to tight end Preston Daniel. It was the first career reception for Daniel. FSU finished the quarter with 69 offensive yards, but more importantly a 7-0 lead.
0:56 – FSU forces a punt and will start with a very long field. They halted the North Carolina drive when defensive tackle Cory Durden and linebacker DJ Lundy combined for a sack of North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell. It was a loss of eight yards on third down.
5:32 – FSU can’t do anything with the blocked punt. Seminoles go 3-and-out and have to punt it away.
7:06 – UNC has to punt again. It is blocked again. This time defensive tackle Marvin Wilson got his hand on it. FSU will start at the 29-yard line.
10:23 – FSU has to punt after going 3-and-out.
11:25 – North Carolina’s second possession ends with a punt after a 3-and-out.
12:40 – FSU immediately turns their short field position into a 23-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jordan Travis on the first offensive snap of the game. The Seminoles have a 7-0 lead. Highlight here.
15:00 – FSU kicks off to North Carolina
Expected Starting Lineups
Here are the announced starting lineups. They will be updated at kickoff:
Defense: DE Joshua Kaindoh, DT Marvin Wilson, DT Robert Cooper, DE 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.
Notes: It is the first career start for Dix Jr. and Brownlee.
Offense: 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.
More Pregame Notes
– The game will begin at 7:49 p.m. That is an updated time.
– Those not dressed out include: WR Tamorrion Terry, TE Jordan Wilson, OL Zane Herring, DL TJ Davis, DL Jarrett Jackson, DT Fabien Lovett, DT Tru Thompson, CB Jarrian Jones, DB Carlos Becker, DB Demorie Tate, S Hamsah Nasirildeen (all of whom were spotted)
– Defensive tackle Dennis Briggs is dressed out and warming up. He had opted out earlier this season, but now appears to have returned to the team.
– Defensive tackle Tru Thompson is not warming up. He is not expected to be available on the evening.
– Defensive back Travis Jay, who has missed the past two games, is dressed out and warming up.
– Defensive back Jarrian Jones was not seen during warm-ups.
– Safety Hamsah Nasirildeen is not dressed out for tonight’s game.
– Speaking of Terry, he was on the sidelines prior to the game using crutches to get around.
– Prior to pre-game warm-ups, the expectation is that FSU goes with the same offensive line they opted for at Notre Dame. Offensive tackle Darius Washington remains hindered by an injury. Washington is dressed out and available on the evening.
– The head referee is Duane Heydt.
– FSU is wearing their traditional Garnet and Gold uniforms.
– NFL teams represented on the evening include the Chicago Bears, Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Reese’s Senior Bowl is also represented.
– It remains to be seen if defensive back Hamsah Nasirildeen will make his debut today or if fellow defensive back Travis Jay can return from injury. Also, another player we will be watching to see if he is available in pregame is offensive tackle Darius Washington, who missed last week due to an injury. FSU’s depth chart, from Monday, for today’s game can be found here.
– Another storyline to keep an eye on in pregame is if FSU makes any moves on defense to shake things up and try to produce better results, as they have been dreadful on that side of the ball through their first four games of the season.
– FSU’s chapter of Uplifting Athletes is holding a Touchdown Drive today. For more details on that, click here.
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