BOONE, N.C. — Redshirt freshman Drake Maye continued his torrid commence to the season, throwing for 352 yards and combining for 5 touchdowns as North Carolina outlasted Appalachian State 63-61 on Saturday in spite of surrendering 40 points in the fourth quarter.
Maye, the younger brother of former Tar Heels basketball star Luke Maye, has thrown a college-record nine touchdown passes in two profession begins. He also ran for a score against the Mountaineers.
Chase Brice threw for 376 yards and six touchdowns for Appalachian State (-1).
The two teams combined for 62 points and 504 yards — in the fourth quarter. It was one particular point shy of the most ever in the fourth quarter of an FBS game (Navy vs. North Texas in 2007).
With the game tied at 49, Maye lofted a ball more than the middle to D.J. Jones for a 42-yard touchdown pass on an all-out blitz by the Mountaineers to give North Carolina (two-) the lead with two:50 left in the game.
App State responded with Brice throwing his fifth TD pass of the game, a 28-yard strike to Deshaun Davis with 31 seconds left. The Mountaineers went for the two-point conversion — and the apparent win — but Brice’s pass sailed just more than Davis’ head.
It seemed the game would finish there, but UNC’s Bryson Nesbit returned the ensuing onside kick for a 43-yard touchdown — a error that gave the Mountaineers 31 seconds to attempt to score once again. Sure sufficient, Brice discovered Kaedin Robinson for a 26-yard TD strike with 9 seconds left to reduce the lead to 63-61.
The Mountaineers went for two but Brice was stopped quick of the finish zone.
The Tar Heels fell behind 21-7 just before rattling off 34 straight points and silence a record crowd of 40,168 at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Maye threw 3 TD passes in the initial half, which includes a ten-yard TD strike to Bryson Nesbit to give the Tar Heels a 28-21 lead with 1 second left.
Maye produced it 28 straight unanswered points for UNC with a 12-yard touchdown run to commence the second half, getting congrats from former Tar Heels and existing Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell in the finish zone just after tiptoeing the sideline.
UNC pushed its lead to 41-21 just after two Noah Burnette field ambitions getting into the fourth quarter just before the Mountaineers battled back with six touchdowns.
It was the most points ever scored in a UNC game due to the fact the college began football in 1888.
The Tar Heels achieved the feat playing without having standout wide receiver Josh Downs, who sat out with a reduced physique injury.
Downs, arguably the team’s greatest player, had nine catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns in UNC’s win more than Florida A&M and led the ACC with 101 catches final season for 1,335 yards and eight TDs.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.