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North Carolina at Florida State

Discussion in 'Game Summaries' started by Blaza, Oct 19, 2009.

  1. Blaza

    Blaza In Arsene Wenger I Trust

    Apr 17, 2009
    North Carolina at Florida State

    After going 0-for in his first 3 outings as Head Man(including a 56-21 drubbing by Ga Tech), Coach Blaza has made it 3 in a row picking up a huge conference road win in week 10. The Tarheels brought their A game to Doak Campbell Stadium putting together their first complete game under Coach Blaza's short tenure.

    The game started out slowly with UNC winning the toss and deferring to the second half. They forced a 3 and out on Florida State's first drive, but could not muster any offense on theirs either and had to punt it right back giving FSU solid field position. The D bent but didn't break and FSU put 3 on the board with a 29 yard FG. 6'2 257 lbs RB Ryan Houston ended the 1st quarter scoring by punching it in from 4 yards out with 1:45 remaining.

    In the 2nd quarter, Houston found the endzone again from one yard out and on the ensuing possession, Sr OLB Zach Brown pulled the trifecta smacking RB Jermaile Thomas with a big hit, scooping the fumble, and racing 39 yards for the score. Thomas was able to answer with a 3 yard run right before the half, but UNC drove again with under a minute left to make it 24-10 at the break.

    The Tarheels carried their momentum into the 2nd half as Sr Mike Paulus found Jr WR Jonathan Adams on a 77 yard catch and run on the first play of the half. Here it all came unraveled for the Seminoles as 10 seconds later, Sophomore CB Ryan Fuller returned Jermaile Thomas' second fumble 19 yards for a score.

    It would not get much better for the Seminoles who could not muster much offense in this game. With 5 minutes remaining in the 4th, Sophomore Terrance Burgess FS scooped another FSU fumble and saw nothing but daylight in front of him but with the game in hand and a bad hamstring, the heady defender hit the turf and tried to let his offense milk out the victory. The 'Noles never gave up hope hitting Brian Reed on a 42 yard toss with 27 seconds remaining, but it was too little too late as UNC took a 59-24 victory back to Chapel Hill.

    Although the defense played like gang busters, Coach Blaza was most delighted by the play of his Senior QB Mike Paulus. In his first year as a starter (although I don't see how), Paulus had a tough start in the first few weeks. But he turned his tail up in this one connecting on all 21 of his attempts going a perfect 21-21 for 279 yards and 2 scores. Six different receivers caught balls with Jr Jonathan Adams leading the way with 6 rec for 142 yards and 2 TDs. "Paulus played a heck of a game for us today," Coach Blaza said. "We knew Florida State would look at our losses against Clemson and Georgia Tech and think we had a statue back there, but the kid stared the pressure right in the eye and made the right throws. I'm proud of him"

    The Heels hope to close out their season with 2 wins as they face Boston College and Northwestern in their last 2 games.

    GG Kinger.

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