FSU/NC State Notebook
Producers of the show followed the Florida State football team for the entire week leading up to Thursday's game against the Wolfpack, garnering all-access footage for the program. FSU was featured in similar fashion earlier this season on ESPN's "The Season."
"Under the Lights" will also air Nov. 15 at noon and 8:30 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
BESTING THE OLD BOSS: Since Amato left his post as assistant head coach and linebackers coach at Florida State to take the reigns at his alma mater, he has enjoyed success against his former employer. Amato is 2-2 against Bobby Bowden and the Seminoles. N.C. State is the only ACC team to defeat the Seminoles more than once in conference play and the only one to do it in Tallahassee.
N.C. State is one of just six schools to upend FSU in consecutive meetings since 1976. Auburn, Florida, Miami, Oklahoma and Pitt are the others.
AMATO'S SUNSHINE ‘STATE' TEAM: Twenty-eight of the 66 players (42 percent) on the N.C. State roster hail from the state of Florida, 15 of which have started at some point this season. Fourteen of those players hail from Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, a prep football hotbed that was Amato's area of recruiting concentration when he was on the FSU staff.
Major contributors include QB Jay Davis (Clearwater), LB Pat Thomas (Miami), TB Tremain Hall (Deerfield) and ROV Andre Maddox (Miami).
OFFENSIVE WOES CONTINUE: Wyatt Sexton didn't complete a pass until the 13:21 mark in the second quarter. He wasn't given many chances. Offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden called runs on 11 of the first 14 plays from scrimmage.
FSU managed just two yards on its first 14 plays. Included in that total was a 15-yard scamper by Leon Washington that gave FSU one of its three first downs before halftime.
The Seminoles went nearly six straight quarters without converting a third down. FSU was 0-for-12 last weekend against Duke and was unsuccessful on its first seven on Thursday until James Coleman plowed through the line to convert a third-and-1 late in the second quarter. Coming in, the Seminoles had converted just 32-of-130 third-down (25 percent) tries on the season.
KICKING GAME LOOMS LARGE: With both offenses dormant, two first half punt returns provided two momentum shifts. First, a 69-yard return by Willie Reid to the Pack 5 was negated by a holding call.
In the second quarter, Darrell Blackman turned Chris Hall's 61-yard boot into an 89-yard touchdown return after escaping the grasp of at least three Seminole tacklers.
ETC: The Seminoles wore all-white road uniforms for the first time this season…FSU is 47-6 in appearances on ESPN or ESPN 2. They face Florida Nov. 20 in a game that will be carried by ESPN…The five times N.C. State has played on Thursday night, the 'Pack had a Saturday game just five days before.
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