GAMEDAY College Football

North Carolina 63, Appalachian State 61

By STEVE REED
AP Sports Writer

BOONE, N.C. - Redshirt freshman Drake Maye continued his torrid start to the season, throwing for 352 yards and combining for five touchdowns as North Carolina outlasted Appalachian State 63-61 despite surrendering 40 points in the fourth quarter.

Maye, the younger brother of former Tar Heels basketball star Luke Maye, has thrown a school-record nine touchdown passes in two career starts. He also ran for a score against the Mountaineers.

Chase Brice threw for 376 yards and six touchdowns for Appalachian State (0-1).

The two teams combined for 62 points and 504 yards - in the fourth quarter.

With the game tied at 49, Maye lofted a ball over the middle to D.J. Jones for a 42-yard touchdown pass on an all-out blitz by the Mountaineers to give North Carolina (2-0) the lead with 2:50 left in the game.

App State responded with Brice throwing his fifth TD pass of the game, a 28-yard strike to Deshaun Davis with 31 seconds left. The Mountaineers went for the 2-point conversion - and the apparent win - but Brice's pass sailed just over Davis' head.

It seemed the game would end there, but UNC's Christopher Holliday returned the ensuing onside kick for a 43-yard touchdown - a mistake that gave the Mountaineers 31 seconds to try to score again. Sure enough, Brice found Kaedin Robinson for a 26-yard TD strike with 9 seconds left to cut the lead to 63-61.

The Mountaineers went for 2 but Brice was stopped short of the end zone.

The Tar Heels fell behind 21-7 before rattling off 34 straight points and silence a record crowd of 40,168 at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

Maye threw three TD passes in the first half, including a 10-yard TD strike to Bryson Nesbit to give the Tar Heels a 28-21 lead with 1 second left.

Maye made it 28 straight unanswered points for UNC with a 12-yard touchdown run to start the second half, receiving congrats from former Tar Heels and current Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell in the end zone after tiptoeing the sideline.

UNC pushed its lead to 41-21 after two Noah Burnette field goals entering the fourth quarter before the Mountaineers battled back with six touchdowns.

It was the most points ever scored in a UNC game since the school started football in 1888.

DOWNS AND OUT

The Tar Heels played without standout wide receiver Josh Downs, who sat out with a lower body injury.

Downs, arguably the team's best player, had nine catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns in UNC's win over Florida A&M and led the ACC with 101 catches last season for 1,335 yards and eight TDs.

THE TAKEAWAY

North Carolina: New defensive coordinator Gene Chizik has plenty of work to do. His defense gave up 338 yards and 40 points in the fourth quarter.

Appalachian State: Brice had a spectacular game, but the offense stalled in the third quarter. The defense struggled to stop Maye.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UNCApp
App TD 11:36 Nate Noel 52 yard TD run (Michael Hughes Extra Point) 0 7
UNC TD 8:21 J.J. Jones 23 yard TD pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette Extra Point) 7 7
App TD 6:35 Henry Pearson 22 yard TD pass from Chase Brice (Michael Hughes Extra Point) 7 14
Second Quarter UNCApp
App TD 14:18 Christian Wells 2 yard TD pass from Chase Brice (Michael Hughes Extra Point) 7 21
UNC TD 9:30 Kobe Paysour 14 yard TD pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette Extra Point) 14 21
UNC TD 4:08 George Pettaway 21 yard TD run (Noah Burnette Extra Point) 21 21
UNC TD 0:01 Bryson Nesbit 10 yard TD pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette Extra Point) 28 21
Third Quarter UNCApp
UNC TD 11:55 Drake Maye 12 yard TD run (Noah Burnette Extra Point) 35 21
UNC FG 2:21 Noah Burnette 47 yard field goal 38 21
UNC FG 0:11 Noah Burnette 44 yard field goal 41 21
Fourth Quarter UNCApp
App TD 12:10 Nate Noel 1 yard TD run (Michael Hughes Extra Point) 41 28
App TD 10:37 Miller Gibbs 13 yard TD pass from Chase Brice (Michael Hughes Extra Point) 41 35
UNC TD 9:25 Omarion Hampton 2 yard TD run (Drake Maye 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 49 35
App TD 7:20 Christan Horn 32 yard TD pass from Chase Brice (Michael Hughes Extra Point) 49 42
App TD 4:00 Camerun Peoples 38 yard TD run (Michael Hughes Extra Point) 49 49
UNC TD 2:50 D.J. Jones 42 yard TD pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette Extra Point) 56 49
App TD 0:31 Dashaun Davis 28 yard TD pass from Chase Brice (Dashaun Davis 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 56 55
UNC TD 0:28 Bryson Nesbit 43 yard kick return for TD (Noah Burnette Extra Point) 63 55
App TD 0:09 Kaedin Robinson 26 yard TD pass from Chase Brice (Chase Brice 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 63 61
Team Stats
  North Carolina Appalachian State
First downs 29 36
  Rushing 10 15
  Passing 16 15
  Penalty 3 6
3rd Down Efficiency 9-14, 64% 6-12, 50%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 35-215 43-287
Passing Yards 352 363
Return Yards 58 113
Completions-Attempts-Int 24-34-0 25-36-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-9 1-5
Punts 2 1
Fumbles Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 12-129 8-85
North Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Maye 24 34 352 4 0
Appalachian State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Brice 25 36 363 6 1
North Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Hood 6 87 14.5 0
D. Maye 12 76 6.3 1
G. Pettaway 6 34 5.7 1
O. Hampton 8 17 2.1 1
D. Jones 2 3 1.5 0
Appalachian State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
N. Noel 14 116 8.3 2
C. Peoples 13 65 5.0 1
D. Harrington 5 48 9.6 0
C. Brice 8 35 4.4 0
D. Davis 1 20 20.0 0
A. Castle 1 2 2.0 0
A. Marshall 1 1 1.0 0
North Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Paysour 8 92 11.5 1
J. Jones 4 69 17.3 1
B. Nesbit 3 47 15.7 1
D. Jones 2 43 21.5 1
G. Blackwell 1 36 36.0 0
K. Morales 3 31 10.3 0
C. Hood 1 22 22.0 0
G. Pettaway 2 12 6.0 0
Appalachian State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Davis 6 72 12.0 1
C. Horn 3 60 20.0 1
K. Robinson 2 48 24.0 1
H. Pearson 4 46 11.5 1
D. Stroman 1 41 41.0 0
E. Wilson 1 27 27.0 0
M. Hetzel 1 20 20.0 0
N. Noel 2 18 9.0 0
C. Peoples 2 15 7.5 0
M. Gibbs 1 13 13.0 1
C. Wells 1 2 2.0 1
T. Page 1 1 1.0 0
North Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Gray 1 13
Appalachian State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
North Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Kiernan 2 92 46.0
Appalachian State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Howell 1 38 38.0
North Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Appalachian State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Page 2 24 12.0
North Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Nesbit 2 45 22.5
Appalachian State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Tucker 3 89 29.7
North Carolina Missed FG
Player Length
Appalachian State Missed FG
Player Length
M. Hughes 51




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