Signature kick: Tar Heel who beat FSU popular with Gators fans
Nick Weiler made 193 kicks in three years as North Carolina's kicker, but he's known best for just one, a 54-yard field goal as time expired to give the Tar Heels a wild 37-35 upset of Florida State in October, ending a 22-game home winning streak for the Seminoles.
"Florida State fans kind of shake their head at me and keep walking," said Weiler, back in Florida for Saturday's East-West Shrine Game at Tropicana Field. "But other fans, I've had to sign a couple Florida State game pictures for Florida and Miami fans, so that's been nice."
Weiler hit the game-winner in Tallahassee and ran all over the field in celebration, mocking the Seminoles by doing the "tomahawk chop" to the shocked crowd. Weiler had missed a 51-yard field goal earlier, and had an extra point blocked with 2:31 left, which loomed large as FSU answered to score a touchdown for a 35-34 lead with 23 seconds left. But UNC went 38 yards in 19 seconds, helped by a pass interference penalty to set up the winning kick.
The 54-yarder matched the second-longest kick in UNC history and was a career-long for Weiler. He came a long way from a sophomore season in which he went 0-for-7 on field goals longer than 30 yards, and he's glad to have a moment fans can remember him for.
"It was awesome," he said. "All the hard work our team put in, and our field-goal unit specifically in the offseason. To be able to showcase that on such a big stage like that, it was a great moment."