FINAL: FSU 14, NC State 28

Published: Nov. 6, 2021 at 2:34 PM EDT
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FINAL: FSU 14, NC State 28

Florida State totals just 271 yards of offense without Jordan Travis. The defense mostly played well but a few big plays and some poor tackling loomed large. The Seminoles will have to win their final three games, which come against Miami, Boston College and Florida, in order to become bowl eligible.

7:53 4th Quarter: FSU 14, NC State 28

Ricky Person scores on a 43-yard slip screen on 3rd and 10. Jarrian Jones had a chance to stop him short of the first-down marker on the perimeter but missed the tackle and Person outran the rest of the defense.

8:13 4th Quarter: TURNOVER ON DOWNS

Mike Norvell rolls the dice and goes for it on 4th and 4 from his own 43 and Milton’s pass falls incomplete. Seems a little overly aggressive there with over 8 minutes left down only one score, especially the way the FSU defense has played most of the second half.

End 3rd Quarter: FSU 14, NC State 21

FSU outscores NC State 14-7 and outgains the Wolfpack 113-78 in the third quarter. The Seminoles will have first-and-10 and with the ball at their own 26 to start the fourth.

6:29 3rd Quarter: FSU 14, NC State 21

Corbin scores from 3 yards out from the wildcat on 4th and 1. Two touchdown drives in a row for FSU, which had just 78 total yards in the first half. On two drives to start the 3rd quarter, they posted 111 yards.

9:46 3rd Quarter: FSU 7, NC State 21

A 3rd-and-1 turns into a 45-yard touchdown after a short completion in the flat to Trent Pennix and a few missed tackles.

12:11 3rd Quarter: FSU 7, NC State 14

FSU starts the second half with a surprise onside kick, which it recovered. After an 11-yard completion to Jashaun Corbin and a 23-yard completion to Keyshawn Helton, they were in the red zone.

On the touchdown play, Milton took a bad snap from Maurice Smith, scrambled around for a few seconds to buy time, then fired an 8-yard touchdown off his back foot to Keyshawn Helton.

HALFTIME: FSU 0, NC State 14

NC State outgains FSU 224-78. Outside of one 35-yard pass play, the Seminoles are really struggling to move the ball. Here was how they fared offensively in that first half.

  • 0 points
  • 78 total yards
  • 2.8 yards per play
  • 0-for-8 3rd downs
  • 7 completions
  • 6 punts

First half drive chart:

FSU first-half drive chart vs. NC State
FSU first-half drive chart vs. NC State(WCTV)

13:00 2nd Quarter: FSU 0, NC State 14

Leary finds Christopher Toudle in the back of the endzone for an 8-yard touchdown. That was a 6-play, 67-yard drive that took 2:47 off the clock.

End 1st Quarter: FSU 0, NC State 7

NC State has 98 of its 126 yards of offense on two pass plays.

Meanwhile, here’s how FSU’s first five drives went:

FSU drive chart vs. NC State 1st Quarter
FSU drive chart vs. NC State 1st Quarter(WCTV)

9:43 1st Quarter: FSU 0, NC State 7

Devin Leary finds C.J. Riley deep over the middle of the field for a 62-yard TD on NC State’s first play of its second drive. Jarrian Jones was burned and then missed a tackle in space after the catch.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Florida State hosts NC State at 4 p.m. on Saturday from Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla. The game between the Seminoles (3-5, 2-3 ACC) and the Wolfpack (6-2, 3-1 ACC) will be shown on the ACC Network.

Saturday marks the second meeting with the Wolfpack under head coach Mike Norvell. Norvell and the Seminoles lost (38-22) at NC State a season ago. The Wolfpack are led by Dave Doeren, who is in his ninth season with the program. He is 3-5 against the Seminoles. FSU has a 27-14 advantage in the series, including a 16-5 mark in Tallahassee.

On this page will be a live blog of the action from Saturday’s game. Follow along for live updates. Also, be sure to follow Will Desautelle and WCTV Sports on Twitter for instant reaction and analysis from Doak Campbell Stadium.


-Some big news during pregame warmups as only three quarterbacks were out on the field warming up. That group included McKenzie Milton, Tate Rodemaker and Gino English. Chubba Purdy is no longer with the program after entering the transfer portal earlier this week, while Jordan Travis is likely out for today with the flu. Milton will make his fourth start of the season.

-Lawrance Toafili was not seen with the other running backs as they took the field. Toafili was injured on the last play of the game against Clemson last week.

-CB Meiko Dotson and RB Cory Wren are dressed out and participating in pregame warmups. CB Travis Jay is not present.

-TE Cam McDonald is in full pads and participating in pregame warmups after missing much of the second half against Clemson last week.

-S Renardo Green is also in full pads and warming up. He has been unavailable for the past three weeks. Starting buck safety Sidney Williams is not present.

-All five of FSU’s starting offensive linemen are dressed but Baveon Johnson is not present. Darius Washington is taking reps at the backup center spot in his place. Johnson is usually the first player off the bench for all three interior offensive linemen spots. Brady Scott was announced as the starter at left guard even though Dillan Gibbons is available.

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