North Carolina vs. App State Postgame Notes
Posted Sep 4, 2022
The North Carolina football team won a wild 63-61 back-and-forth game over the App State Mountaineers on Saturday in Boone. Here are some notes and stats from the Tar Heels' victory. UNC Game Captains: Power Echols, Ben Kiernan, Drake Maye. UNC and Appalachian State met on the football field for the third time, the first time in Boone.
- North Carolina improved to 2-1 all-time against Appalachian State.
- Mack Brown is 267-139-1 overall, including a 92-63-1 record in 14 seasons as head coach of the Tar Heels.
- The 124 combined points are the most ever in a UNC football game. The Tar Heels began playing football in 1888.
- 124- Sept. 3, 2022 - UNC 63, App State, 55 in Boone
- 118 – Nov. 10, 2012 – Georgia Tech 68, UNC 50 at Kenan Stadium
- 113 – Nov. 6, 2021 – UNC 58, Wake Forest 55 at Kenan Stadium
- 112 – Nov. 14, 2020 – UNC 59, Wake Forest 53 at Kenan Stadium
- 111 – Sept. 20, 2014 – East Carolina 70, UNC 41 in Greenville
- The Tar Heels’ 63 points are the most they have scored in a single game since 2017 against Western Carolina.
Quarterback Drake Maye
- Redshirt freshman Drake Maye completed 24 passes on 36 attempts for 352 yards and four passing touchdowns. He added a career-high 12 rushes for 76 yards and one rushing touchdown.
- Drake Maye’s nine passing touchdowns are the most through the first two games of the season in Carolina history, and the most by any Tar Heel quarterback in their first two career starts.
- Maye’s career-high 352 passing yards is the first time that he has passed for over 300 yards in a single game.
- Filling in for the injured Josh Downs, redshirt freshman Kobe Paysour earned his first career start at wide receiver. Paysour led all receivers with 98 yards on eight receptions. He also scored one touchdown, the first of his career.
- Sophomore J.J. Jones recorded a career-high in both receiving yards and receptions, finishing the game with 69 yards and four receptions. Jones also scored his first career touchdown.
- Freshman Andre Greene Jr. made his first career start at wide receiver.
- Sophomore Caleb Hood led the Tar Heels in rushing with a career-high 87 yards on six attempts. He also had one reception for 22 yards and led the team with 109 all-purpose yards.
- Hood’s 71-yard rush in the fourth quarter was the longest by a Tar Heel since Dazz Newsome had an 84-yard touchdown run at Duke in 2018.
- Freshman Omarion Hampton made his first career start. Hampton finished the game with eight carries for 17 yards and a touchdown.
- Sophomore Bryson Nesbit’s 43-yard kickoff return touchdown is the first time a Tar Heel has returned a kickoff for a touchdown since Anthony Ratliff-Williams in 2017 against Pittsburgh.
- Senior Gio Biggers earned a career-high 10 tackles.
- Junior Cedric Gray led the game in tackles and equaled his career high with 13 stops.
- Junior Desmond Evans set a career high with six tackles.
- Sophomore Noah Burnette made a pair of third-quarter field goals, his first two career attempts.
UNC Scoring Summary
- J.J. Jones caught his first career touchdown on a 23-yard pass from Drake Maye with 8:21 left in the first quarter to make the score 7-7. The touchdown came at the end of an eight-play, 75-yard drive.
- Kobe Paysour recorded his first career touchdown on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Drake Maye with 9:30 remaining in the second quarter.
- George Pettaway scored on a 21-yard touchdown rush with 4:08 remaining in the second quarter to tie the game at 21-21. The rush capped off a seven-play, 66-yard scoring drive.
- Bryson Nesbit caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Drake Maye with one second remaining in the second quarter to put the Tar Heels on top 28-21. The score concluded a nine-play, 72-yard drive.
- Drake Maye scored on a 12-yard rushing touchdown to put the Heels up 35-21 with 11:55 remaining in the second quarter. The touchdown capped off an eight-play, 75-yard scoring drive.
- Sophomore Noah Burnette made a 47-yard field goal with 2:21 remaining in the third quarter to put Carolina up 38-21. The field goal was the first of his career.
- Cedric Gray intercepted Chase Brice to set up a 44-yard Noah Burnette field goal to extend the Tar Heels’ lead to 41-21 with 11 seconds left in the third quarter.
- Omarion Hampton scored on a two-yard touchdown rush with 9:25 remaining in the fourth quarter. The touchdown was set up by a 71-yard rush by Caleb Hood. A two-point conversion coming through a Drake Maye rush put the Tar Heels up 49-35. The quick scoring drive was three plays, 75 yards.
- DJ Jones caught a 42-yard touchdown from Drake Maye with 2:50 remaining in the fourth quarter to put North Carolina up 56-49. The touchdown pass capped a five-play, 75-yard drive.
- Bryson Nesbit returned an attempted onside kick 43 yards for a touchdown with 28 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to extend the Tar Heels' lead to 63-55.
Courtesy UNC Athletics Communications
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