Our trusted video game formula has the same record as the real team….and neither is acceptable. Both sit at 1-4 after last week’s Syracuse win, and this week, the ‘Noles travel to Chapel Hill for a showdown with FSU alumnus Mack Brown. All six game versions are back in the mix. Let’s get to it.
Bill Walsh College Football ’95
The first game in the series was the most back and forth game of the day. The teams swapped scores and punts for all 4 quarters, and in the end, FSU was able to squeak out a narrow victory. Let’s hope this is a sign of things to come.
Final: FSU 35 UNC 31
NCAA Football 2002
In round 2, the Seminoles were able to breathe a little easier, as this one was in hand from the 1st quarter. After jumping out to a 10-point lead in the 1st, Florida State would never look back, en route to another W.
Final: FSU 45 UNC 30
NCAA Football 2008
Some parity, finally. UNC used some second half turnovers to get on the board in the series. A fumble recovery on a kickoff return in the third quarter, and an interception in the final 2 minutes would seal it for the home team.
Final: FSU 24 UNC 30
NCAA Football 2009
2008’s game must’ve been a fluke, because FSU jumps out to a demanding 3-1 lead in the series here. FSU used a stout defensive attack to contain the UNC offense, and the Seminoles roll.
Final: FSU 21 UNC 10
NCAA Football 2011
This one wasn’t ideal. The Tar Heels’ running attack gashed the FSU defense, and North Carolina led at the end of every quarter. Yuck.
Final: FSU 17 UNC 28
NCAA Football 2014
Main event time. With the real rosters, and UNC trailing the series 3-2, how will it all unfold?
Sam Howell. That’s all that needs to be said. The Tar Hells quarterback absolutely torched the FSU defensive backs to the tune of 413 yards and 5 touchdowns. Ty Chandler had 99 yards rushing and a receiving touchdown. Backup running back Caleb Hood would get two goal line scores, capping off his 22 yard rushing effort. Tight end Kamari Morales was Howell’s favorite target, hauling in 123 yards and 2 touchdowns.
On offense, the ‘Noles moved the ball in the first half, but fell apart in the second. Jordan Travis threw the ball well, tallying 267 yards through the air. He also took care of the ball– no turnovers compared to 3 total touchdowns (2 passing and 1 rushing). On the ground, Jashaun Corbin got his. Corbin would end the game with 132 yards and a touchdown. Andrew Parchment was the top receiver, finishing with 81 yards receiving, although Keyshawn Helton grabbed both touchdowns. Helton would finish with just 34 yards receiving.
This one did not shake out how FSU wanted at all.
Final: FSU 28 UNC 49
The series was split 3-3, so this one will come down to strictly the scoring averages. What will this weekend hold for the ‘Noles?
Final: FSU 28 UNC 30