Blackman debut spoiled by Wolfpack as Noles fall 27-21

By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
September 23, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – James Blackman impressed, finishing with 278 passing yards and completed 22 of his 38 pass attempts, but the experienced front of North Carolina State did just enough to hold him and the rest of the FSU offense at bay as the Wolfpack spoiled the first home game of the year for the Seminoles, winning 27-21.

Blackman tossed his first career touchdown pass with 12:24 to play in the second quarter, hooking up with Auden Tate for a four-yard touchdown reception, Tate’s second scoring catch of the season, pulling the Noles within 10-7 after the Pack scored an early field goal and a late-first quarter touchdown.

That was the only touchdown of the day for the Seminoles, who settled for four field goals off the leg of Ricky Aguayo and a safety with 6:26 left to play in regulation.

Inside the final two minutes of the first half, the Noles had an opportunity to tie the game at 10-10, but Aguayo missed a 30-yard field goal attempt. Four plays later, NC State quarterback Ryan Finley found Jakobi Meyers wide open in the middle of the field, and Meyers did the rest with his legs to complete the 71-yard touchdown play to give the Wolfpack a 17-10 lead, which was the score at the halftime break.

The second half proved difficult for the Noles, despite holding the ball for nearly nine minutes more than the Pack had. The second half also saw Tate leave the game with an injury and saw Jacob Pugh leave the game following a targeting penalty.

Running back Cam Akers finished with 12 carries for 56 yards, while NC State leading rusher, Nyheim Hines, finished with 94 yards on 24 carries, pacing all ball carriers.

With the victory, NC State picks up their first win over FSU since 2012 and gets their first victory in Tallahassee since the 2005 campaign.

FSU, meanwhile, begins the season 0-2 for the first time since 1989.

The Noles will get back to it next week when they travel to Wake Forest. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m.

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