It wasn't the start that Florida State wanted, but it was the ending they were hoping for. Florida State started Everett Golson at quarterback, and on the first play from scrimmage, Golson fumbled the football. It would only get uglier for the Florida State offense with Golson throwing two interceptions and NC State taking a 17-7 lead. Florida State got on the board with a 12-yard Dalvin Cook touchdown run just one play after he set the Florida State single season rushing record formerly held by Warrick Dunn.
Sean Maguire replaced Golson with seven minutes left to go in the second quarter and promptly led the Seminoles down the field. Dalvin Cook capped the drive with his second rushing touchdown of the game to close the lead to 17-14. Florida State would get another stop and march right back down the field for a field goal to tie the game at 17 heading into halftime.
After halftime it was all Florida State. The Seminoles drove down to the 8 yard line, but a dropped pass by wide receiver Ermon Lane prevented the touchdown. Roberto Aguayo would make his second field goal of the day to give the Seminoles a 20-17 lead.
Florida State would get some more help from their defense on the next drive. Former walk-on Javien Elliot forced a fumble, and Derwin James recovered to give the Seminoles good field position. Florida State would take advantage capping off a short two-play drive with a 27-yard touchdown pass by Sean Maguire to Kermit Whitfield to give the Seminoles a 10-point lead.
Maguire would connect with Kermit Whitfield once again in the fourth quarter. Maguire hit Whitfield coming across the field and Whitfield out ran the NC State defense to the redzone to put the Seminoles up 34-17.
The Florida State defense played very well against a very good NC State offense. They held the Wolfpack to just 3.7 yards per play and held them scoreless in the second half. Florida State outgained NC State 479-297 yards. Derwin James and Terrance Smith led the Seminoles with 9 tackles each, while Demarcus Walker led the team with 2 sacks.
The Florida State offense turned the ball over 5 times, three by Everett Golson, but still put up 479 yards of total offense. The Seminoles averaged 6.4 yards per play and had 28 first downs. Maguire finished the game 18-28 for 231 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Running back Dalvin Cook ran for 138 yards on 22 carries and 2 touchdowns. Wide receiver Kermit Whitfield led the way for the receivers with 6 catches for 117 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Florida State improves to 8-2 on the season and 6-2 in the ACC. They play their last home game of the season next weekend against UT Chattanooga.