GAMEDAY College Football

North Carolina 35, Georgia State 28

By PAUL NEWBERRY
AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA - Drake Maye passed for two touchdowns, Omarion Hampton ran for a pair of scores and North Carolina escaped another upset bid from a Sun Belt Conference team, rallying for a 35-28 victory over Georgia State after squandering an 18-point lead.

The Tar Heels (3-0) were coming off a wild 63-61 victory at Appalachian State despite giving up a staggering 40 points in the fourth quarter.

They hit the road again to face Georgia State (0-2), which was hosting a Power 5 team in Atlanta for the first time in the 13-year history of its program.

The Panthers ripped off 25 straight points to grab a 28-21 lead late in the third quarter.

But Hampton broke off a 58-yard touchdown run right down the middle of field to tie the game before the end of the third.

He won it for the Tar Heels on a 2-yard scoring plunge with 10:42 remaining, ensuring they escaped another close call. Hampton finished with 110 yards rushing on 16 carries.

Darren Grainger threw three touchdown passes for Georgia State.

North Carolina appeared headed for a more comfortable win after the previous week's craziness, building a 21-3 lead midway through the second quarter.

Maye threw a 55-yard touchdown pass to Kamari Morales and a 28-yarder to Kobe Paysour.

But Grainger led a Georgia State comeback. He threw a 6-yard TD pass to Kris Byrd, a 49-yarder to Robert Lewis, and another to Lewis covering 29 yards to cap a 10-play, 98-yard drive that put the Panthers up 28-21 late in the third quarter - their first lead of the game.

But North Carolina's offense finally got going again, sparked by Hampton's long run.

THE TAKEAWAY

North Carolina: Another sloppy performance that doesn't bide well for the Tar Heels over the long haul. Three turnovers gave the Panthers a chance, and the defense still had plenty of work to do after giving up 419 yards. But Maye, despite his first interception of the season, turned in another stellar performance by completing 19 of 24 for 284 yards.

Georgia State: The Panthers turned in an impressive effort, but their bid to beat a Power 5 team for only the second time in school history came up short. They dropped to 1-14 against the nation's biggest programs.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UNCGaSt
UNC TD 11:36 Kamari Morales 55 yard TD pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette Extra Point) 7 0
GaSt FG 4:58 Michael Hayes 46 yard field goal 7 3
Second Quarter UNCGaSt
UNC TD 13:44 D.J. Jones 7 yard TD run (Noah Burnette Extra Point) 14 3
UNC TD 8:58 Kobe Paysour 28 yard TD pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette Extra Point) 21 3
GaSt TD 5:32 Kris Byrd 6 yard TD pass from Darren Grainger (Michael Hayes Extra Point) 21 10
Third Quarter UNCGaSt
GaSt TD 13:27 Robert Lewis 49 yard TD pass from Darren Grainger (Michael Hayes Extra Point) 21 17
GaSt FG 10:19 Michael Hayes 45 yard field goal 21 20
GaSt TD 2:04 Robert Lewis 29 yard TD pass from Darren Grainger (Jamari Thrash 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 21 28
UNC TD 0:33 Omarion Hampton 58 yard TD run (Noah Burnette Extra Point) 28 28
Fourth Quarter UNCGaSt
UNC TD 10:42 Omarion Hampton 2 yard TD run (Noah Burnette Extra Point) 35 28
Team Stats
  North Carolina Georgia State
First downs 22 23
  Rushing 9 15
  Passing 10 6
  Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Efficiency 6-13, 46% 5-16, 31%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 44-183 54-235
Passing Yards 284 184
Return Yards 56 0
Completions-Attempts-Int 19-24-1 16-25-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-10 2-8
Punts 5 9
Fumbles Lost 2-2 0-0
Penalties - Yards 4-50 11-81
North Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Maye 19 24 284 2 1
Georgia State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Grainger 16 25 184 3 0
North Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
O. Hampton 16 110 6.9 2
D. Jones 10 61 6.1 1
D. Maye 10 15 1.5 0
G. Pettaway 5 2 0.4 0
Georgia State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Gregg 18 79 4.4 0
D. Grainger 18 75 4.2 0
J. Williams 15 68 4.5 0
R. Lewis 1 8 8.0 0
J. Thrash 2 5 2.5 0
North Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Paysour 5 73 14.6 1
K. Morales 3 71 23.7 1
J. Copenhaver 2 64 32.0 0
G. Blackwell 3 37 12.3 0
D. Jones 4 23 5.8 0
B. Nesbit 2 16 8.0 0
Georgia State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
R. Lewis 7 115 16.4 2
J. Thrash 5 53 10.6 0
K. Byrd 2 8 4.0 1
L. Brand 1 5 5.0 0
A. Green 1 3 3.0 0
North Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Georgia State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Crawford 1 0
North Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Kiernan 5 271 54.2
Georgia State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Hayes 9 395 43.9
North Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Kelly 3 34 11.3
Georgia State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Williams 1 0 0
North Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
O. Hampton 2 22 11.0
Georgia State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
North Carolina Missed FG
Player Length
Georgia State Missed FG
Player Length
M. Hayes 44




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