By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
November 3, 2018
RALEIGH, N.C. (WCTV) – In his first start of 2018, Florida State quarterback James Blackman threw for 421 yards and four touchdowns and two FSU receivers logged 100-plus yard games but it wasn't enough as the Seminoles (4-5, 2-5) fell to the North Carolina State Wolfpack, 47-28, on Saturday in Raleigh.
Blackman, statistically, out performed the top statistical quarterback in the ACC, Ryan Finley, who threw for just 240 yards and three touchdowns but threw only six incompletions.
NC State opened the game with a long touchdown drive, going 75 yards in 11 plays on the game’s first offensive series. The Wolfpack used a balanced attack to march down the field and Ricky Person scored from one-yard out for his first career touchdown to give NC State a 7-0 lead.
After a field goal in the waning moments of the first quarter by the Wolfpack to go up 10-0, NC State put together another quick scoring drive, one taking 2:34 off the clock and spanning 59 yards in six plays, for a Kelvin Harmon touchdown reception. The drive was helped tremendously by a 31-yard screen pass from Finley to Jakobi Meyers.
FSU responded on the next drive when James Blackman connected on consecutive plays with Tamorrion Terry, first on a 40-yard connection and then again for a 35-yard touchdown to pull within 17-7.
NC State added two more scores in the second quarter to turn their 10-point lead into a 20-point lead on a 26-yard field goal from Christopher Dunn and a four-yard touchdown run by Person before the Noles got back on the board with Blackman’s second touchdown of the day, an eight-yard flaoting pass to Cam Akers.
The second half kept the same tune to it - for every two NC State scores, the Seminoles responded with a touchdown, right up until the last score of the game, a 31-yard pass from Blackman to DJ Matthews.
For a full breakdown of scoring plays, click here.
While the Noles defense didn't turn in a bad performance, they did allow over 400 yards and had no answer for the Wolfpack's run game, allowing 177 yards on the ground and 106 yards to Reggie Gallaspy.
In comparison, FSU rushed for just 24 yards, including five sacks.
FSU's defense also did not make plays at opportune times, although they did do well when NC State was handed a short field, forcing the Wolfpack to settle for field goals.
Terry and Matthews turned in 100-yard receiving games, with Terry bringing in 142 yards on five catches and two touchdowns and Matthews logging 133 yards and one touchdown.
The duo combined (274) for over half of FSU's total receiving yards (421).
Over their last two games, the Seminoles have surrendered 106 points, marking the first time since 1973 the Noles have allowed more than 100 points in any two-game stretch.
The Noles now set their sights for South Bend, Indiana for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
With three games remaining, the Seminoles need two wins against ND, Boston College and Florida to achieve bowl eligibility.