Oct 10, 2020; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels running back Javonte Williams (25) celebrates with wide receiver Dyami Brown (2) and tight end Garrett Walston (84) after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

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Seminoles survive rally to upset No. 5 North Carolina

Quarterback Jordan Travis ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in the first half and host Florida State held on to knock off No. 5 North Carolina 31-28 on Saturday night at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla.

North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell, who was a Florida State commit before switching, nearly rallied the Tar Heels to the largest comeback victory in program history after the team faced two 24-point deficits.

North Carolina cut the margin to 31-28 on Howell’s 25-yard pass to Dyami Brown with 4:58 to play. The Tar Heels, with one timeout remaining, regained possession at their own 22 with 2:30 to play.

The Tar Heels reached the Florida State 41 before a failed fourth down on a dropped pass.

Travis ran for 107 yards and passed for 191. Running back La’Damian Webb gained 109 rushing yards on 12 carries.

The Tar Heels (3-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who put up 56 points on Virginia Tech a week earlier at home, didn’t score until 1:02 remained in the first half.

Howell finished 20-for-36 for 374 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.

Following Javonte Williams’ 1-yard run for North Carolina’s first points, the Seminoles went to work and hurried down the field and pushed the lead to 31-7 with Travis’ 12-yard touchdown pass to Camren McDonald with 17 seconds to play in the half.

The Seminoles (2-3, 1-3) didn’t score in the second half, missing a pair of field goals — including after moving inside the North Carolina 5-yard line on the first possession of the third quarter. The second miss came with 6:40 remaining to end a drive that lasted nearly seven minutes.

Howell threw third-quarter touchdown passes to Williams (for 38 yards) and Beau Corrales (for 33 yards).

Florida State scored on its first snap on Travis’ 23-yard run following a blocked punt, marking the first time the Tar Heels trailed this season. After settling for a field goal early in the second quarter, Travis reached the end zone on a 1-yard quarterback sneak.

Then the Seminoles stretched the lead to 24-0 when Joshua Kaindoh turned his first career interception into points on a 25-yard return.

Florida State, whose only previous victory came against Jacksonville State, was coming off a road loss to then-No. 5 Notre Dame a week earlier.

North Carolina’s Mack Brown fell to 0-10 in games as coach against his alma mater (0-3 with Tulane, 0-7 with North Carolina).

–Field Level Media

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