Christian Ponder threw for the go-ahead touchdown and Antone Smith ran for a score Thursday night to help Florida State beat North Carolina State 26-17.
Smith finished with 89 yards rushing for the Seminoles (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed by four points early in the final quarter before scoring 13 straight to end the game. Bert Reed added the 17-yard catch for the lead and Graham Gano kicked four field goals–including a 53-yarder with 1:53 left to seal the win.
The game marked a homecoming for Seminoles assistant Chuck Amato, who led the Wolfpack program for seven years before being fired at the end of the 2006 season and replaced by Tom O’Brien. Amato won 49 games and reached five bowl games, with most of that success coming during the career of four-year starter and NFL first-round draft pick Philip Rivers at quarterback.
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