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Hot Read: Weiler Kicks UNC Past FSU

By BJ Bennett
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North Carolina nips Florida State 37-35 in Tallahassee.

1. North Carolina never gives up. For the second-consecutive week, the Tar Heels have won a key conference game at the end of the fourth quarter, finishes at the buzzer that would make Roy Williams proud. After rallying with a touchdown pass with just two ticks remaining against Pittsburgh, North Carolina, getting the football down one with only 23 seconds to play, moved across midfield and upset Florida State on a 54-yard game-winning field goal by Nick Weiler as time expired. When everything, the clock, the lead and momentum, was in the Seminoles' favor, the Tar Heels proved clutch once again. Fresh off a 37-35 victory, they have an impressive 4-1 record as a fitting reward.

2. Nick Weiler's kick has to be considered one of the most iconic in ACC history. The senior set a new career-long with the 54-yard conversion, overcoming a critical blocked extra point on North Carolina's previous score. With no time remaining, Weiler's field goal snapped the nation's longest home winning-streak at 22 games. What poise, on that stage, from one of college football's best kickers.  

3. Quarterback Mitch Trubisky continues to tear opposing defenses to shreds. He was 31-of-38 for 405 yards and three touchdowns against Florida State, adding a rushing score, as the Tar Heels compiled 538 yards of total offense. Trubisky helped North Carolina go an impressive 9-of-13 on third downs. He now has three-straight 400-yard games and 13 passing touchdowns compared to zero interceptions.

4. Dynamic receiver Ryan Switzer had another productive day for the Tar Heels. He caught 14 passes for 158 yards and kept the Seminoles in chase all afternoon long. As a group, North Carolina's wide receivers were simply too much for Florida State.

5. Defensive struggles will be the post-game storyline for the Seminoles, but Dalvin Cook was a star once again. He rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns caught six passes for 106 yards in the loss.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports