Grading the 'Noles following their 27-21 loss to NC State

By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
September 26, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- While the offensive line and running backs under-performed in the Noles’ 27-21 loss to NC State, it was freshman QB James Blackman and the wide receiving corps that helped save the grade for FSU’s offense.

James Blackman completed nearly 60% of his passes for 278 yards, including a beautiful touchdown to Auden Tate in the second quarter.

For this being Blackman’s first game, against a stout NC State defensive front, the Noles offense gets a solid B.

Defense: D
Missed assignments, gaping run lanes and being caught out of position were a constant for the Seminoles D on Saturday.

When the offense looked to the unit to step up in crucial situations against the Pack, they didn’t come through, plain and simple. For a defense that was touted as one of the best in the nation entering the 2017 season, they sure didn’t look like it Saturday.

Overall Grade: D

The Wolfpack’s Dave Doeren outcoached Jimbo Fisher, as NC State broke a 10-game losing streak to ranked teams. In fact, their last win over a Top 25 was to, you guessed it, Florida State.

Aside from Blackman and his receivers, the Noles were always a step, and a play, behind. That’s what cost them a win.

Overall, they get a D for their performance Saturday.

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