NC State 47, Florida State 28
What Happened: NC State rolled at will, getting up 17-0 helped by a Ryan Finley touchdown pass to Kelvin Harmon from eight yards out, and it kept on rolling. Ricky Person ran for three touchdowns, and Christopher Dunn nailed four field goals as the Wolfpack were never challenged.
With Deondre Francois out, the FSU offense got a huge day from James Blackman, who threw three touchdown passes, but NC State kept pulling ahead with steady scoring answers.
What Mattered: Finley was sharp. He completed 21-of-27 passes for 240 yards and three scores with no picks. It was a no-drama performance to keep the Pack O going. All the parts came up big, with Reggie Gallaspy running for over 100 yards, Person scoring three times, and Jakobi Myers catching nine passes for 125 yards and a score.
– There was no FSU running game – it finished with just 24 net yards thanks to a line that couldn’t handle the NC State pass rush – but Blackman threw for 421 yards and four touchdowns – two to Tamorrion Terry – with a pick.
– FSU needed to be almost perfect, and it wasn’t even close. It outgained NC State, but it was -2 in turnover margin, and it committed 16 penalties for 121 yards.
What It All Means: The Wolfpack keep on pushing for a key ACC bowl slot after it overcomes the two-game losing run. They get Louisville, North Carolina and East Carolina to close, with a double-digit win season still a possibility. This might turn out to be the No. 2 team in the ACC if everything breaks right.
-Blackman was just good enough to potentially push for the starting job no matter what the condition of Francois. The passing game moved, but the defense and running game didn’t help. The Noles need to win two of their last three games against Notre Dame, Boston College and Florida to go bowling. Uh oh.