BOONE, NC — Redshirt freshman Drake Maye continued his hot start to the season, throwing for 352 yards and a combined five touchdowns as North Carolina outlasted Appalachian State 63-61 on Saturday despite giving up 40 points in the fourth quarter.
The younger brother of former tar heels basketball star Luke Maye, Maye has thrown a school-record nine touchdown passes in two career starts. He also ran for a score against the Mountaineers.
Chase Brice threw for 376 yards and six touchdowns for Appalachian State (0-1).
The two teams combined for 62 points and 504 yards in the fourth quarter. It was a point shy of the fourth quarter of an FBS game (Navy vs. North Texas in 2007).
In a 49-tie, Maye loaded a ball down the middle to DJ Jones for a 42-yard touchdown pass on a sweeping blitz from the Mountaineers to give North Carolina (2-0) a 2-50 lead in the game.
App State responded with Brice throwing his fifth TD pass of the game, a 28-yard smash against Deshaun Davis with 31 seconds left. The Mountaineers were going for the 2-point conversion – and the obvious win – but Brice’s pass sailed just over Davis’ head.
It seemed like the game was going to end there, but UNC’s Bryson Nesbit returned the ensuing onside kick for a 43-yard touchdown — a mistake that gave the Mountaineers 31 seconds to try to score again . Indeed, Brice found Kaedin Robinson for a 26-yard TD shot with 9 seconds left to reduce the lead to 63-61.
The Mountaineers wanted 2, but Brice was stopped just short of the end zone.
The Tar Heels fell 21-7 behind before claiming 34 straight points and silencing a record 40,168 crowd at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Maye threw three TD passes in the first half, including a 10-yard TD putt into Bryson Nesbit to give the Tar Heels a 28-21 lead with 1 second left.
Maye made it 28 unanswered points for UNC with a 12-yard touchdown run to start the second half and earned congratulations from former Tar Heels and current Washington Commanders quarterback Sam Howell in the end zone after tiptoeing had walked the sidelines.
UNC extended their lead to 41-21 after two field goals from Noah Burnette in the fourth quarter before the Mountaineers hit back with six touchdowns.
It was the most points scored in a UNC game since the school started playing football in 1888.
The Tar Heels pulled off the feat without playing standout wide receiver Josh Downs, who was sidelined with a lower body injury.
Arguably the team’s best player, Downs had nine catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns in UNC’s win over Florida A&M and led the ACC last season with 101 catches for 1,335 yards and eight TDs.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/34517505/north-carolina-appalachian-state-combine-score-62-4th-wild-tar-heels-win North Carolina, Appalachian State combine to score 62 in 4th in wild Tar Heels win