Peppers equaled his career high with 10 tackles, including four for loss and one sack as the Tar Heels trounced No. 6 Florida State, 41-9. Peppers added one interception for 13 return yards. He paced the Tar Heel defense which yielded just 224 yards to the Seminole offense. In the second half, Peppers and the North Carolina defense gave up just 34 yards. It was just the fifth time in the last 235 games that Florida State had been held under 10 points.
Defensive back James King, a redshirt freshman from Central Michigan, won the first weekly award this season.