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Drake May (Photo: Jim Hawkins/Inside Carolina)

BOONE, NC — North Carolina came up with just enough to hold onto what has become the wildest ride in the High Country on Saturday afternoon.

Noah Taylor and Kymon Rucker corralled quarterback Chase Bryce as Appalachian State tried to tie the game with nine seconds remaining, failing a second two-point conversion in a stunning ending, and Tar Heels was kicked out by Kidd. Survived 63-61 at Brewer Stadium.

These teams scored a total of 62 points in the fourth quarter. The Mountaineers finished the game at 12:10, when he racked up 40 points with 6 touchdowns, but he still managed to escape with UNC.

enough. barely. The Tar Heels led him 41-21 in the fourth quarter, but he still had to use every inch of his fingernail.

App State could have probably won the game with 31 seconds left. But Bryce’s two points on his pass pulled a 28-yard TD catch that cut North Carolina’s lead to 56-55. Davis lay face down in the end zone in obvious disappointment and disbelief, but more dramatic developments awaited.

Bryson Nesbitt’s ensuing onside kick recovery looked like a clincher for the Tar Heels. He scooted down the sidelines for a touchdown with 28 seconds remaining and UNC took a 63–55 lead. Had Nesbit been on his knees instead of dashing towards the end his zone, UNC could have run out the rest of the time. But Bryce (passing for 376 yards) responded again, delivering his pass for a sixth touchdown, and App State came to life again with his 9 seconds remaining.

Ultimately, neither the absence of star receiver Josh Downs (lower body injury) nor a record crowd absence on the road derailed the Tar Heels in front of 40,168 spectators. North Carolina gave up a total of 664 yards on defense while improving to 2–0 in their young season.

enough. barely.

Mei leads the way

Here in UNC’s first ever football trip, May’s second career start came when the redshirt freshman quarterback helped the Tar Heels recover from a 14-point deficit in the first half as App State tied 49-49. I saw him calmly respond to 4 minutes left. May threw for 352 yards and four touchdowns.

defense

Fixing the defense was the talk of the offseason, and there was talk of coaching changes, better communication, discipline, and establishing standards. It wasn’t clear on Saturday. UNC’s defense allowed a staggering 664 total yards (288 rushing, 376 passing) and scored a whopping 40 points in the fourth quarter.

The North Carolina defense had its fourth straight stop when linebacker Cedric Gray fell into pass coverage late in the third quarter and intercepted Bryce. The Tar Heels were on a roll at the point, en route to 34 straight points. His goal in his second field for Noah Burnett pushed the lead to 41–21, after a Gray interception.

UNC eyeing young receivers with no downs

By halftime, redshirt freshman Kobe Pacer and sophomore JJ Jones had combined for nine catches and 130 yards, earning them the first touchdown grabs of their college careers. Paysour, who entered Saturday with one career catch, finished with eight catches for 92 yards.


half strong ending

Talk about a last-minute blow. May’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Bryson Nesbitt came with just one second left in the first half clock to give North Carolina the lead and keep it 28–21.

It was a calculated risk that gave the tar heels clear gains. Had a throw from Maye ricocheted into Nesbit’s hand or been deflected by App State’s defensive back in his zone at the end, his last precious second could have trickled down. .

So UNC took the lead at the half and then quickly added May’s 12-yard touchdown keeper just over three minutes into the second half to take a 35-21 lead and temporarily create room to breathe. .

next to the schedule

North Carolina will play next weekend at Georgia State University in Atlanta. This is another expedition mission with his group of five in the Tar Heels.

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