Seminoles Rally Past Tar Heels 30-27

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Christian Ponder threw for 395 yards and three touchdowns to help Florida State rally from a big second-half deficit and beat North Carolina 30-27 on Thursday night.

Rod Owens had nine catches for 199 yards, including a 98-yard score, for the Seminoles (3-4, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed 24-6 early in the third quarter and appeared headed for a fourth straight loss.

Instead, Ponder directed a stunning rally against the nation's third-ranked total defense, including the go-ahead 18-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Beau Reliford with 6:20 to play.

The Tar Heels (4-3, 0-3) still had a chance to tie when they got the ball back with 47 seconds left and no timeouts, but their desperate drive only got to midfield before Markus White sacked Yates on the final play.

Shaun Draughn ran for 126 yards to lead North Carolina.


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  • by Football Fan Location: NC on Oct 23, 2009 at 09:29 AM
    Wow...losing to a struggling FSU team at home. UNC has much to learn about football. How will you beat DUKE now that they have a team this year? Perhaps it was a fluke the Heels started out as good as they did.
  • by The Pirate Lady Location: Grimesland on Oct 23, 2009 at 06:55 AM
    Now, now, we have to be the bigger fans and not pick on UNC when they lose a game, as I've been chastised by a Tarheel fan.
  • by RM Location: Greenville on Oct 23, 2009 at 06:02 AM
    Hahahahahaha.
  • by J Location: GREENVILLE on Oct 23, 2009 at 05:20 AM
    Love it when the Tarholes lose!
  • by gb on Oct 23, 2009 at 05:00 AM
    What happened to the preseason ranked 14th Tarheels!!!
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