Atlanta, Ga. (Dec. 28, 1983) — Making his first career start, Eric Thomas fired a pair of
first-quarter touchdown passes to lead the Seminoles to a stunning 28-3 win over North Carolina
in the 16th Annual Peach Bowl.
Thomas, a third-year sophomore who played sparingly during the year, led FSU on two long scoring
drives on the Seminoles’ first two possessions. On the first drive, Thomas directed a nine-play,
62-yard march from the Florida State 38. The drive ended when he found Weegie Thompson in the
right corner of the end zone from 15 yards out for the touchdown.
Following a strong defensive effort that forced a Tar Heel punt after three downs, Thomas took over
again. Displaying veteran composure in eluding a UNC blitz, he found Thompson again with an
18-yard scoring pass to give FSU a 14-0 lead.
The Seminoles stretched their lead to 21-0 before the intermission. Midway through the second
quarter, Pete Panton fell on a fumbled punt return at the UNC 16. Rosie Snipes scored on a one-yard
run for a three touchdown lead at the half.
Defensive MVP Alphonso Carreker led the Seminoles, who held the Tar Heel running attack to only
32 net yards. In the game, UNC managed only 198 yards of total offense.
In the second half, the Seminoles used a ball control offense to account for 265 yards on the
ground, stopping any hopes of a Carolina comeback. Greg Allen and Cletis Jones led FSU’s assault,
piling up a combined 176 yards on 37 carries.
Florida State scored its last touchdown on a one-yard run by Thomas, after the Seminoles used an
11-play, 88-yard drive to eat up all but 31 seconds of the fourth quarter clock. Thomas’ two
touchdown passes and running off the option earned him offensive MVP honors.
Score By Quarters 1 2 3 4 F FSU 14 7 0 7 28 UNC 0 0 0 3 3 Scoring Summary FSU - Thompson 15 yd. pass from Thomas (Hall kick), 11:01 FSU - Thompson 18 yd. pass from Thomas (Hall kick), 7:06 FSU - Snipes 1 yd. run (Hall kick), 6:25 UNC - Barwick 36 yd. field goal, 10:22 FSU - Thomas 1 yd. run (Hall kick), :31 Team Statistics FSU UNC First Downs 23 16 Rushes - Yards 59-265 26-32 Passing Yards 99 166 Comp.-Att.-Int. 7-13-1 18-40-0 Plays-Total Offense 72-364 66-198 Punt Return Yards 9 0 Punts - Average 6-38.8 6-45.2 Fumbles - Lost 3-0 4-1 Interceptions - Yards 0-0 1-0 Penalties - Yards 6-34 7-60 Time of Possession 33:48 26:12 Third Down Cov. 7-13 2-14 Individual Statistics Rushing: FSU - Allen 17-97, Jones 20-79, Thomas 13-41, Snipes 8-37, Hester 1-11; UNC - Horton 9-30, Anthony 9-27, Littlejohn 2-5, Jones 1-(-2), Griffin 1-(-9), Stankavage 4-(-19). Passing: FSU - Thomas 7-13-1; UNC - Stankavage 17-39-0, Anthony 1-1-0. Receiving: FSU - Panton 3-48, Thompson 2-33, Allen 2-18; UNC - Winfield 4-55, Franklin 3-34, Anthony 3-17, Horton 3-11, Smith 2-21, Stankavage 1-16, Griffin 1-11, Littlejohn 1-1.