The Tar Heels did show some encouraging signs, but the final score tells a tale all too familiar with UNC football this fall.
Here is a look at some of some of the game notes from UNC's ninth loss in 11 games, seventh is an many ACC games, and sixth consecutive defeat.
- With today's victory, Florida State leads the all-time series 12-1-1.
- UNC fell to 0-7-1 in Tallahassee. They tied FSU 10-10 in 1986. Many might remember that game because then-UNC coach Dick Crum broke his leg when a play crashed into him on the sideline.
- The 26-point victory gives FSU a 58-point turnaround from last year's 41-9 loss in Chapel Hill.
- Kevin Knight's block of an FSU field goal attempt was the first time that ahs happened to the Seminoles since Nov. 18 against Florida.
- FSU was just 5-13 on third downs.
- The Seminoles ran for just 141 yards on the ground on 38 carries for an average of 3.7 yards per rushing attempt.
- Playing on the Jumbotron scoreboard prior to the game was the EA Sports college football video game pitting UNC against FSU. The Seminoles won that one too, 35-3.
- Tar Heel wide receivers dropped five of C.J. Stephens' passes.
- UNC has now been outscored 202-39 in the last 18 quarters dating back to its 21-0 halftime lead at Virginia.
- UNC has been outscored 143-26 in the second half of its last six games.
- Since UNC's 21-13 loss to Georgia Tech on Sept. 28, the Tar Heels have been outscored 278-115, which is an average margin of 39.7-16.4.
- Just five of UNC's 24 TDs on the season have come on the ground, and one of those was a fumble recovery by center Jason Brown in the loss to Texas. However, Carolina has given up 30 rushing TDs on the campaign.
- Aiken's 17 receiving yards puts him just 68 short of equaling Carolina's single-season record of 970 set by Octavus Barnes in 1995.
- Aiken's two receptions gives him 138 for his career, which puts him at 5th in school history. Next in line: Kory Biley (139), Leon Johnson (151), Corey Holliday (155), and Na Brown (165).
- Aiken's 17 receiving yards now gives him 902 on the season, and 2,117 for his career, putting him at 3rd all time in UNC history. Next in line: Octavus Barnes (2,398) and Corey Holliday (2,447).
- Darian Durant, out for the season with an injury, will finish the season with 3,703 passing yards for his career, good for 6th all-time in school history. Next on the list: Chris Keldorf (3,795), Matt Kupec (3,840), Mike Thomas (4,368), Jason Stanicek (4,683), and Ronald Curry (4,987).
- Durant has 266 completions for his career, good for 8th on UNC's all-time list. Next in line: Scott Stankavage (272), Kevin Anthony (296), Mike Thomas 302, Chris Keldorf (305), Matt Kupec (305), Ronald Curry (345), and Jason Stanicek (372).
- Durant also finishes with 32 TD passes for his career, which puts him 3rd in school history. Next in line: Matt Kupec (33) and Chris Keldorf (35).
- Free safety Dexter Reid entered the game leading the ACC in tackles per game with an average of 14.3.
- Carolina has lost five starters for the season due to injury: QB Darian Durant, DE Will Chapman, DT Eric Davis, LB Robert Harris, and CB Michael Waddell.
- ACC teams reaching bowl games since 1992: FSU 10, UNC 8, Clemson 7, Virginia 7, N.C. State 6, Georgia Tech 5, Wake Forest 2, Duke 1, Maryland 1.
Senior writer Andrew Jones is in his seventh year with Inside Carolina. He hosts a late afternoon radio show on ESPN Radio, WMFD AM630 in Wilmington and can be reached via e-mail at: AndrewJones@AM630.net.