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Game 9: NORTH CAROLINA

November 8
Kenan Memorial Stadium
Chapel Hill, NC

General Information

Location: Chapel Hill, NC
Stadium: Kenan Memorial (60,000)
Surface: Natural Grass
Enrollment: 24,463
Founded: 1789
Colors: Carolina Blue & White
Nickname: Tar Heels
Conference: Atlantic Coast
Offensive System: Multiple I, pro-set
Defensive System: 4-3
1996 Record: 10-2
1996 Conference Record/Finish: 6-2/T2nd
1996 National Ranking: 10 AP; 10 USA Today/CNN
1996 Bowl Appearance: Gator Bowl
Chancellor: Michael K. Hooker
Athletic Director: TBA
Sports Publicist: Steve Kirschner
Assistant Publicist: Kevin Best
SID Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2126, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Mack Brown (Florida State '74)
Record at UNC: 59-45-1 (9 years)
Overall Record: 76-73-1 (13 years)
Assistant Coaches: Carl Torbush (Line-backers/Defensive Coordinator); Ken Browning (Defensive Tackles); Donnie Thompson (Defensive Ends); Ron Case (Defensive Backs); Greg Davis (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks); Eddie Williamson (Offensive Line/Assistant Head Coach); Cleve Bryant (Receivers/Passing Game); Ken Mack (Running Backs); Tim Brewster (Tight Ends)

Player Information

Lettermen Returning: (O) 19, (D) 20
Lettermen Lost: (O) 11, (D) 5
Starters Returning: (O) 6, (D) 9
Starters Lost: (O) 5, (D) 2
Specialists Returning/Lost: 2/0
Offensive Starters Returning: Na Brown (FLK); Jeff Saturday (C); Mike Hobgood (OG); Mike Baxter (OT); L.C. Stevens (SE); Chris Keldorf (QB)
Defensive Starters Returning: Greg Ellis (DE); Vonnie Holliday (DT); Mike Pringley (DE); Kivuusama Mays (LB); Brian Simmons (LB); Robert Williams (CB); Omar Brown (FS); Greg Williams (SS); Dre' Bly (CB)
Returning Specialist: Josh McGee (PK); Derrick DePriest (P)
All-Star Candidates: Jeff Saturday (C); Greg Ellis (DE); Kivuusama Mays (LB); Brian Simmons (LB); Dre' Bly (CB); Omar Brown (FS)

Game Notes

Florida State is 7-0-1 against North Carolina in the all-time series...FSU defeated UNC 13-0 last year in a steady rain in Tallahassee, the second straight year the two teams played in the rain...the Tar Heel defense held the Seminole offense to its lowest point total in four years...the game featured the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 rated defenses...it was FSU's first shutout since a 17-0 blanking of Clemson in '94...Dexter Jackson blocked two punts while Peter Boulware and Greg Spires combined for five sacks in the game...the Seminoles have held UNC to less than 14 points in four of the last five meetings...the Tar Heels have made five consecutive bowl trips... FSU's equipment truck caught fire on the way back from Chapel Hill in '95, burning most of the Seminoles' uniforms...Tar Heel head coach Mack Brown was a Florida State graduate and played with FSU assistant Billy Sexton in '73...Brown was a two-year starter at running back for the Seminoles under Larry Jones...Brown has led the Tar Heels to two 10-win seasons in the last four years...UNC returns six senior starters on a defense that ranked No. 1 in overall defense last season...the UNC roster includes seven players from the state of Florida...FSU & UNC placed one-two in seven of the eight major ACC team defensive categories last season...UNC has not lost at home since a 28-12 defeat at the hands of Florida State in '95...Seminole special teams have totaled four blocked punts and one blocked kick against the Tar Heels in the last two meetings.

Tar Heel Schedule & Results

1997 Schedule
September    6  INDIANA
September   13  STANFORD
September   20  at Maryland 
September   27  VIRGINIA
October      4  at Texas Christian
October     11  WAKE FOREST
October     18  at NC State
October     30  at Georgia Tech
November     8  FLORIDA STATE
November    15  at Clemson
November    22  DUKE

1996 Results (10-2)

                    UNC-OPP
CLEMSON                45-0 
at Syracuse           27-10
GEORGIA TECH           16-0
at Florida State       0-13
at Wake Forest         45-6
MARYLAND               38-7
at Houston            42-14 
NC STATE              52-20
LOUISVILLE            28-10
at Virginia           17-20
at Duke               27-10
WEST VIRGINIA         20-13

All-Time Series

(W-7, L-0, T-1)
Year    Site           Score
1983    Atlanta         28-3
1985    Chapel Hill    20-10
1986    Tallahassee    10-10
1992    Tallahassee    36-13
1993    Chapel Hill     33-7
1994    Tallahassee    31-18
1995    Chapel Hill    28-12
1996    Tallahassee     13-0

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