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Quick hitter: Florida State 31, North Carolina 28

Florida State went up early — and then struggled to finish

Don Juan Moore

Pre-Game Spread: North Carolina -13.5, Over/Under 64

Score/Result: Florida State Seminoles 31, North Carolina Tar Heels 28

Player of the Game (Offense): Should we just start copying and pasting the same thing about Jordan Travis every week? Tonight, the redshirt sophomore fought through a left arm that was bothering him, a team that kept getting in its own way via penalties and his third interception of the season to put up one of FSU’s more impressive offensive performance against an ACC opponent since, when, 2014?

Player of the Game (Defense): Asante Samuel Jr. came up huge in the redzone for Florida State tonight, stepping up big with Jarrian Jones out.

Key Statistic: 23.9. That’s what Florida State averaged per completion, as Travis put up 191 yards.

Offensive Play of the Game: I’m going to cheat here and put Florida State’s first blocked punt as an offensive play — that put FSU in a position to score early, which they did, and fueled the confidence of a team that so desperately needed some.

Defensive Play of the Game: FSU’s fourth down stop when North Carolina was threatening to score — one of multiple turnover on downs for the Tar Heels tonight — was the signatue, clinching moment that Norvell and defensive coordinator Adam Fuller have been looking for.

Unsung Hero: Emmett Rice, who has received his fair share of criticism through the first four games, stepped up and made multiple plays for the Seminoles tonight.

Game-Clinching Moment: This one came down to the wire, something that you wouldn’t normally think would happen in a game that at one point was 24-0, but than again, when it comes to FSU, you might think that. UNC’s inability to convert a fourth down gave FSU the chance to kneel and seal the deal.

What Do They Need To Do?: Keep on CLIMBing baby. Tonight was that display of investment and consistent success that Mike Norvell has been pleading his team to reach, though there were still plenty of moments of self-inflicted issues that need to be corrected. Take those out, and FSU can do some exciting things for the rest of the season.