After spending the entire first half on their own side of midfield and falling behind 10-0, the Seminoles started all five of their drives in the third quarter in North Carolina State's territory.
Fullback James Coleman capped the first drive with a 1-yard plunge to make it 10-7. And after a three-and-out by the Wolfpack, the Seminoles needed to drive only 35 yards for the go-ahead score.
FSU quarterback Wyatt Sexton completed a 25-yard pass to Booker on third-and-6 to set up first-and-goal. And a play later, Booker raced in from the 4 to give Florida State a 14-10 lead.
"If you look back at the first half, I think field position plays a huge role in our play calling," Sexton said on the Seminoles' postgame show.
"We are real conservative when we have our back on our own goal line. We knew coming in that their offense wasn't going to make anything happen against our defense, so my main objective was not to turn the ball over, not make a big mistake to lose the game for us.
"That's why we were so frustrated in the first half. but we did get some field position because of Willie Reid and his punt returns and we started to open things up a little bit and got enough to get out of here with a W."
Sexton, who was sacked five times, finished 5-for-18 for only 73 yards. Leading rusher Leon Washington was held to 56 yards on 18 carries after missing the previous two games with a shoulder injury.
The game featured less than 250 yards of total offense combined by both teams. Last season, these two teams went to double overtime before the Seminoles prevailed 50-44.
"It was a small mixture," Sexton said of the Seminoles' halftime mood that combined frustration with anger.
"But it was more frustration, knowing we could still make things happen and still win the game. But field position played a huge role for us in the first half."