GAMEDAY College Football

North Carolina 56, Florida A&M 24

By BOB SUTTON
Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Drake Maye threw four of his five touchdown passes in the first half in his first collegiate start and North Carolina beat undermanned Florida A&M 56-24.

Six different North Carolina players scored touchdowns, with Josh Downs making two touchdown catches.

Florida A&M arrived with a roster reduced by nearly two dozen players because of unresolved eligibility issues. The list of those absent included linebacker Isaiah Land, who led the Football Championship Subdivision in sacks last year.

Maye, a redshirt freshman and younger brother of former Tar Heels basketball standout Luke Maye, completed 29 of 37 passes for 294 yards.

He had a couple notable achievements. He's the first North Carolina player to throw five touchdowns in a season opener and the first to connect for five touchdowns in a first career start.

North Carolina running back Omarion Hampton scored on touchdown runs of 2 and 25 yards in his debut. He finished with 101 rushing yards on 14 carries.

Florida A&M quarterback Jeremy Moussa threw for two touchdowns. He completed 28 of 38 passes for 279 yards with an interception.

The Jaguars were within 21-14 until Downs' 2-yard touchdown catch with 5 seconds left in the first half.

HIS TOWN, FINALLY

Veteran North Carolina coach Mack Brown had never defeated a team from Tallahassee, Florida, until this result. As coach of the Tar Heels, Brown, a Florida State alum, had been 0-8 all-time against Florida State.

This was the first football meeting between Florida A&M and North Carolina.

Brown has 266 career coaching victories.

THE TAKEAWAY

Florida A&M: The Jaguars couldn't sustain their good stretches and that could have come in part because of limited players available. They suited up about 50 players. They won't play another Football Bowl Subdivision team this year, so repeating the success of a nine-win season from last year appears possible.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels will be happy with what they saw from members of their young offensive backfield. They won't be so fond of the defense giving up 279 passing yards, with 273 of those coming across the first three quarters.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter FlaA&MUNC
UNC TD 5:51 Kamari Morales 19 yd pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette kick) 0 7
FlaA&M TD 3:21 A.J. Davis 17 yd pass from Jeremy Moussa (Jose Romo-Martinez kick) 7 7
UNC TD 0:29 Bryson Nesbit 23 yd pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette kick) 7 14
Second Quarter FlaA&MUNC
UNC TD 7:39 Gavin Blackwell 4 yd pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette kick) 7 21
FlaA&M TD 2:01 Jaylen McCloud 5 yd run (Jose Romo-Martinez kick) 14 21
UNC TD 0:05 Josh Downs 2 yd pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette kick) 14 28
Third Quarter FlaA&MUNC
UNC TD 12:10 Omarion Hampton 1 yd run (Noah Burnette kick) 14 35
FlaA&M FG 7:41 Jose Romo-Martinez 35 yd FG 17 35
FlaA&M TD 1:18 Trevonte Davis 22 yd pass from Jeremy Moussa (Jose Romo-Martinez kick) 24 35
Fourth Quarter FlaA&MUNC
UNC TD 13:24 George Pettaway 29 yd run (Noah Burnette kick) 24 42
UNC TD 12:37 Josh Downs 27 yd pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette kick) 24 49
UNC TD 8:14 Omarion Hampton 25 yd run (Noah Burnette kick) 24 56
Team Stats
  Florida A&M North Carolina
First downs 20 29
  Rushing 5 13
  Passing 14 16
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 5-13, 38% 7-12, 58%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 2-3, 67%
Rushes-Yards 27-56 40-314
Passing Yards 279 294
Return Yards 18 100
Completions-Attempts-Int 28-39-1 29-38-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--28 0-0
Punts 5 2
Punts-Average 45.6 49.5
Fumbles Lost 1-1 1-0
Penalties - Yards 8-48 5-45
Time of Possession 29:01 30:59
Florida A&M Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Moussa 28 38 279 2 1
R. McKay 0 1 0 0 0
North Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Maye 29 37 294 5 0
Florida A&M Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Jennings 10 39 3.9 0
A. Davis 6 10 1.7 0
J. McCloud 2 8 4.0 1
R. McKay 1 5 5.0 0
K. Burke 1 3 3.0 0
D. Francis 1 0 0.0 0
J. Moussa 6 -9 -1.5 0
North Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
O. Hampton 14 101 7.2 2
E. Green 8 69 8.6 0
D. Maye 4 55 13.8 0
G. Pettaway 4 51 12.8 1
J. Criswell 1 17 17.0 0
C. Hood 4 11 2.8 0
D. Jones 5 10 2.0 0
Florida A&M Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
X. Smith 10 78 7.8 0
T. Davis 3 49 16.3 1
D. Oxendine 4 43 10.8 0
D. Manigo 3 38 12.7 0
T. Jennings 2 22 11.0 0
A. Davis 2 20 10.0 1
K. Gross 1 15 15.0 0
J. Sheread 1 9 9.0 0
J. McCloud 1 6 6.0 0
J. Pruitte 1 -1 -1.0 0
North Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Downs 9 78 8.7 2
B. Nesbit 4 53 13.3 1
J. Copenhaver 2 44 22.0 0
G. Blackwell 4 36 9.0 1
K. Morales 2 33 16.5 1
J. Jones 3 31 10.3 0
C. Hood 1 12 12.0 0
K. Paysour 1 7 7.0 0
D. Jones 2 5 2.5 0
G. Pettaway 1 -5 -5.0 0
Florida A&M Interceptions
Player Int Yards
North Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
S. Duck 1 14
Florida A&M Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Faddoul 5 228 45.6
North Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Kiernan 2 99 49.5
Florida A&M Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Smith 1 1 1.0
North Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Kelly 1 26 26.0
J. Downs 1 9 9.0
Florida A&M Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Smith 1 17 17.0
North Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
O. Hampton 2 51 25.5
Florida A&M Missed FG
Player Length
North Carolina Missed FG
Player Length




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