Behind a record-setting performance from T.J. Yates, UNC got a huge road victory with a 37-35 road decision over No. 24 Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium.
The win by the Tar Heels wasn’t secure until Seminole kicker Dustin Hopkins missed a 40-yard field goal attempt in the closing seconds, his second miss in the fourth quarter.
Casey Barth’s 22-yarder with 55 seconds left provided the winning points for UNC, which got its first win in nine tries in Tallahassee and at 6-3 became eligible to play in a bowl this season.
Yates completed 24 of 35 passes for a school record 437 yards and three touchdowns, while Dwight Jones caught eight passes for 232 yards and a touchdown.
Christian Ponder completed 23 of 34 for 258 yards and three touchdowns for the Seminoles, who remain half a game ahead of N.C. State in the race for the ACC’s Atlantic Division title.
Willie Haulstead caught 10 passes for 153 yards and a score for FSU.