Nov. 5, 2005
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – Andre Brown ran for 179 yards and a touchdown and North Carolina State intercepted Drew Weatherford three times to upset No. 9 Florida State 20-15 for its third victory in five years over the Seminoles.
Florida State (7-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) backed into the league’s first championship game scheduled next month in Jacksonville because Boston College lost at North Carolina.
Without injured tailback Leon Washington, Florida State’s offense managed 43 yards rushing and was unable to get the ball to 6-foot-6 receiver Greg Carr, who came into the game leading the ACC in touchdown catches and yards receiving.
Weatherford was particularly ineffective in the second half, completing 5 of 17 passes for 55 yards while throwing three interceptions. He was relieved for two series midway in the fourth quarter by an equally ineffective Xavier Lee.
Florida State, which had averaged 40 points a game over its last seven contests, scored its lone touchdown midway through the second quarter when Chris Davis went 33 yards with a slant pass from Weatherford for a 10-7 lead.
The Seminoles’ only other points came on field goals of 25 and 48 yards by Gary Cismesia, and a safety.
N.C. State (4-4, 2-4) built a 20-10 lead late in the third quarter when Anthony Hill caught a 4-yard touchdown pass from Marcus Stone.
Brown, who ran for 248 yards a week ago, raced 65 yards for a touchdown that gave the Wolfpack a 7-0 lead 17 seconds into the game. John Deraney added field goals of 48 and 22 yards.
The defense did the rest.
Interceptions in the final two minutes by A.J. Davis and Garland Heath helped the Wolfpack survive a pair of late blocked punts in the final 6:09.
After A.J. Davis’ second interception of the game – in the end zone with 1:50 left – Deraney took a safety and Florida State got a last chance in the final minute before Heath ended it his interception.
On top of the defeat, the Seminoles lost their top pass rusher. Defensive end Kamerion Wimbley left the game late in the first half with a left knee injury and did not return.