NCAA Game Summary - Florida State at North Carolina State|
(Thursday, October 28th)
Final Score: North Carolina State 28, (16) Florida State 24
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Russell Wilson's touchdown pass to George Bryan
with 2:40 left put North Carolina State in front, and the Wolfpack recovered a
Christian Ponder fumble inside the final minute to secure a 28-24 victory
over 16th-ranked Florida State.
The Seminoles drove down the field following Bryan's catch and got into
scoring position, as Ponder's eight-yard rush set up a 1st-and-goal. But on
second down, Ponder brushed his running back's side as he dropped back on a
play-fake and lost control of the ball. Linebacker Nate Irving recovered with
49 seconds left, and NC State ran out the clock from there.
"It was a man-to-man play where we had a blitz on one side and coverage in the
back," Irving said. "They came out in a formation. I saw the quarterback play-
action fake, so I stepped up and I saw he had a loose grip on the ball. So I
just kept going and it popped out."
Wilson completed 18-of-28 passes for 178 yards, with one interception. He also
ran for 69 yards and three touchdowns for the Wolfpack (6-2, 3-1 ACC), who
rebounded from an overtime loss at East Carolina two Saturdays ago.
Ponder threw for 196 yards and a score, while running for two more touchdowns
for the Seminoles (6-2, 4-1), who had won their last five.
"We came out sloppy in the first quarter and had too many penalties and a lack
of execution," said Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher. "It was a hard-
fought game and they made the last play."
Florida State used a big second quarter to take a 21-7 halftime lead, but NC
State began its comeback shortly into the third. The Wolfpack began the
quarter with the ball and went on a 13-play, 68-yard drive that lasted nearly
five minutes, and which Wilson ended with a 10-yard run across the goal line.
Ponder fumbled two plays into the Seminoles' ensuing drive, allowing NC State
to take over at the FSU 22. On third down, Wilson ran it in from the 20 to
suddenly create a 21-21 tie.
The Wolfpack threatened again on a drive that spanned into the fourth quarter,
but on 2nd-and-10 from the FSU 11, Wilson was picked off by Xavier Rhodes. The
Seminoles drove 59 yards the other way, reaching the NC State 13 for a 4th-
and-1. They elected to attempt a 31-yard field goal, which Dustin Hopkins
booted through the uprights with 9:07 left.
But NC State followed with a lengthy and daring drive, which started at its
own 30. The Wolfpack got across midfield before facing a 4th-and-4 at the FSU
36, and Wilson converted it with a 35-yard strike to Darrell Davis.
The touchdown was not a foregone conclusion, though, as Wilson was stuffed
twice before James Washington was held to no gain. But on 4th-and-goal from
the one, Wilson found Bryan open in the end zone, capping a drive that lasted
more than six minutes.
The Seminoles began their last-chance drive at their own 29 and made it
downfield in big gains. Ponder's 18-yard pass to Willie Haulstead moved the
ball near midfield, and his 29-yard completion to Taiwan Easterling later in
the drive put the ball at the 21 for a fresh set of downs, setting up the
After FSU punted on the game's opening possession, the Wolfpack drove 51 yards
for a score, as Wilson got into the end zone from a yard out.
Neither team scored again until the second quarter, when the Seminoles quickly
got three touchdowns. Ponder's three-yard rush with 7:12 left ended an eight-
play, 75-yard drive to tie the game, and Florida State got another chance
after Dean Haynes fumbled on the first play of the next drive.
The 'Noles set up at the NC State 18 and needed five plays to score, getting
into the end zone on Ponder's two-yard run with 4:54 on the clock.
Florida State went 72 yards on its next touch, and Ponder's 11-yard TD pass to
Haulstead made it a 21-7 game with 47 seconds remaining.
Ty Jones ran for 108 yards for Florida State, while Ponder completed 17-of-28
passes. He was also sacked three times. Bert Reed had six receptions for 87
yards to lead FSU receivers...Mustafa Greene led NC State with 76 rushing
yards on 17 carries...Both teams are back in action on November 6. NC State
plays at Clemson, while FSU hosts North Carolina.
10/29 01:56:31 ET