By: Fletcher Keel | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
September 28, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The Florida State Seminoles return to the gridiron and will play under the lights at Doak Campbell Stadium for the second time this season as they host NC State.
FSU is coming off a rather emotional win against Louisville last week, in which they blew yet another fourth-quarter lead to the Cardinals but were able to mount a comeback and win their second game of the season.
However, in the process, the Noles lost defensive back Jaiden Lars-Woodbey for the season and saw James Blackman leave the game due to injury.
It is unknown how much Blackman will play tonight, if he'll play at all.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on the ACC Network.
FINAL: FSU 31 - NC STATE 13
Well, it wasn't pretty but it got the job done; the Noles are 3-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
What a performance from Alex Hornibrook. Read about that, and our full game story, by clicking here.
Thanks for watching along with me tonight. Remember; next week is a bye so we will talk again in two weeks!
4th Quarter, 9:13: FSU 31 - NC State 13
An otherwise quiet game for Cam Akers just got a little louder, as he takes a 41-yard carry to the house to put the exclamation point on an eight-play, 75-yard scoring drive for the Noles.
Cam has 83 yards on 17 rushes, needing just 17 more yards to break 100.
Alex Hornibrook also has 300 yards passing (sitting at 320, currently), marking the first time he's reached that feat in his career.
4th Quarter, 13:04: FSU 24 - NC State 13
Well that was a confusing sequence of events with a severe lack of explanation on any part of it from the officiating.
It all started on this play - a hard but seemingly clean sack on Bailey Hockman, led by Janarius Robinson.
Turns out, without any explanation as to why the play went to review, Robinson was called for targeting and ejected.
After the two teams line up, the play is blown dead again to double check the spot of the ball.
After all was said and done, Hockman found Emeka Emezie for a three-yard slant touchdown pass for the Wolfpack's first touchdown of the game, pulling within 11 points.
You get it? Because I still don't think I'm processing it all correctly.
END OF THE THIRD QUARTER: FSU 24 - NC State 6
The Wolfpack get their first first down of the half and cross midfield for the first time this half inside the final minute of the third quarter.
They'll take over in the fourth on a 2nd and 3 from the FSU 36.
3rd Quarter, 0:59: FSU 24 - NC State 6
You didn't think I forgot about you, did you?
Of course not! It's just...been a really dull third quarter.
That is until the Noles drove 51 yards in six plays and scored the half's first points on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Hornibrook to Terry, the second time that duo has connected.
Hornibrook has 284 yards passing on 26-for-35 through the air.
Terry leads all Seminoles with five catches and 77 yards to accompany his two scores.
NC State has simply been unable to move the ball on offense: They've combined for 12 yards and no first downs this quarter.
HALFTIME: FSU 17 - NC State 6
NC State missed a 42-yard field goal as time expired off the left upright, leaving three points on the field.
The Noles haven't looked nearly as potent as we are used to seeing in first halves this year, but you can't argue with a halftime lead.
Hornibrook has taken the start today and run with it, having thrown for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 13-for-19 passing.
Hockman has had a solid night himself for NC State, throwing for 122 yards on 11-of-19 passing.
2nd Quarter, 0:58: FSU 17 - NC State 6
A very choppy drive for the Noles, which spanned five plays and 61 yards, and FSU can thank the officials out a bit, who called NC State for two dead ball personal foul penalties after incompletions or drops; it all set the table for a 40-yard touchdown pass from Hornibrook to Ontaria Wilson, his first career TD haul.
Noles with some momentum and, unless NC State can get into the endzone before the half, an opportunity to blow this game wide open.
2nd Quarter, 4:59: FSU 10 - NC State 6
And we have a touchdown!
FSU began the drive with just 43 yards of offense, but now have 118 after a five-play, 75 yard drive which was capped by a 43-yard touchdown from Hornibrook to Tamorrion Terry, who had space to make plays.
That's the type of drive we're used to seeing from FSU - it just took a few minutes to get one.
2nd Quarter, 6:25: FSU 3 - NC State 6
A 26-yard field goal puts NC State ahead for the first time tonight, 6-3.
The Wolfpack offense seems to be moving better with Bailey Hockman at QB, but it's far from perfect.
Same could be said for the Noles, I guess.
2nd Quarter, 10:30: FSU 3 - NC State 3
FSU thought they had a break, forcing a fumble out of the hands of NC State's Zonovan Knight as the Wolfpack were driving, but two negative plays - including a 15-yard sack on third down - and an incompletion force the Noles to punt.
Wasted chance for the Noles to take a lead and the Wolfpack look to avenge the fumble as we are still in search of the game's first touchdown.
2nd Quarter, 14:20: FSU 3 - NC State 3
The Wolfpack lined up for the first play of the quarter on third down with Hockman under center, but he tripped over himself in his dropback and the Pack have to settle for a field goal.
One 29-yard FG make later, we are tied at 3-3.
END OF THE FIRST QUARTER: FSU 3 - NC STATE 0
A brisk first quarter is in the books, with a combined 108 yards between the two sides.
The Pack are driving for the first time today (thanks to some stellar field position after a shanked punt from the enzone) with a former Seminole undercenter, as Bailey Hockman has come in to relieve Matthew McKay, for the time being.
1st Quarter, 5:40: FSU 3 - NC State 0
The Noles are on the board first, thanks to a 37-yard field goal by Ricky Aguayo to cap an 11-play, 40 yard scoring drive.
Alex Hornibrook looks sharp both in his passing and in his decision making.
1st Quarter, 11:24: FSU 0 - NC State 0
Alex Hornibrook took every snap on the first offensive series of the game for the Seminoles, not James Blackman who was both listed as QB1 on the depth chart and announced as the starting QB on the video board.
The first couple of plays were solid; a quick out route to Tamorrion Terry and a modest run up the gut from Cam Akers but the Noles stalled out from there.
So far, both teams have had one possession and have each punted.
NC State wins the coin toss and they want the football.
It's almost time to play pigskin, gang.
Well, we have an announced starter - and it's James Blackman. Must be feeling well enough to give it a go. We'll see how he holds up.
Hello, everyone! I am back from my weekend sabbatical and am ready to bring you all of the action tonight between the Noles and the Pack.
I'd like to thank Patrick Muller, one of the newest additions to our web team, for stepping in and helping out last week - he did a great job and he'll be doing some more coverage on the sports side of things as he gets more comfortable here in Tallahassee.
Anyway, this is a big game - it's far from a make-or-break game, but with a stretch of Clemson, Wake, Syracuse and Miami coming up after next week's bye week, it could set the Noles up for a nice run down the stretch.
We still don't know the status of James Blackman, and I'm interested in how that's handled. I'm also looking forward to seeing Alex Hornibrook play - I was unable to watch last week so this will be my first taste of him under center in garnet and gold.
However, with about 75 minutes on the pregame clock, Blackman was on the field warming up. He's also listed alone atop the FSU depth chart as QB1.
James Blackman is on the field warming up an throwing.https://t.co/fmC6oiiypI— Brendan Sonnone (@BSonnone) September 28, 2019