November 6, 2021 - by
Wolfpack Win 28-14 In Doak

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) – Florida State’s valiant second-half comeback attempt came up short as NC State earned a 28-14 win over the Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium.  The Seminoles limited the Wolfpack to 14 points and just 41 yards rushing in the second half but could not overcome a 14-0 halftime deficit. 

Starting quarterback McKenzie Milton completed 22-of-44 passes for 233 yards and one touchdown in his first start since September 25.  Milton was effective in the second half as he directed two scoring drives and threw for 154 yards.  He brought the Seminoles from 14 down to within seven at 21-14 midway through the third quarter. 

Milton connected with eight different receivers with Keyshawn Helton and Andrew Parchment both catching a team-high four passes.  Jashaun Corbin was Florida State’s leader on the ground as he gained 38 yards on 14 carries.

Defensively, Jammie Robinson totaled a team-high 10 tackles and his second interception of the season.  Robinson’s first half interception of NC State’s Devin Leary broke a streak of 228 passes without an interception for the Wolfpack quarterback. 

Wolfpack Win 28-14 In Doak

“We struggled in the first half to get anything going offensively,” said FSU Head Coach Mike Norvell.  “The defense was on the field for a long time in that (the first half).  We were able to steal a possession in the second half with the onside kick where we tried to boost some momentum and the guys went down and scored. 

“I liked the response I saw from our guys; we just weren’t able to finish it off.” 

Saturday’s game saw nearly three times as many punts (17; nine by Florida State and eight by NC State) than it did scoring drives (6; four by NC State, two by Florida State).  Florida State ran more plays (71-69) and was penalized only twice (for a total of 12 yards) during the game. 

“Big plays, third downs really killed us tonight,” said Norvell.  “Offensively, we couldn’t get anything established.  Too many home run situations.  We did a nice job but weren’t efficient enough in the passing game.  You have to tip your hat to them.”

Wolfpack Win 28-14 In Doak

NC State scored first on a 62-yard touchdown pass from Leary to C.J. Riley for a 7-0 Wolfpack lead.  Leary extended NC State’s lead to 14-0 on an eight-yard touchdown-scoring pass to Christopher Toudle.  The scoring pass was the final play of a six-play, 67-yard drive that took 2:47 off the game clock. 

NC State led, 14-0, at halftime. 

Florida State benefited from a quick-strike offense to begin the second half. 

After successfully recovering an onside kick to begin the half, Milton marched the Seminoles 51 yards for their first touchdown of the game.  He utilized a methodical mix of run and pass plays, and connected with Keyshawn Helton on an eight-yard touchdown pass.  The drive was quick (2:47 on the clock) and concise (48 yards passing, three yards rushing) and immediately cut NC State’s lead in half.

Wolfpack Win 28-14 In Doak

NC State answered on its next possession to increase its lead back to 14 at 21-7. 

The big play for the Wolfpack came as a 45-yard scoring pass from Leary to Trent Pennix.  The play developed as a pass and catch over the middle, and Pennix galloped 43 yards into the end zone for the score. 

Milton directed his second consecutive touchdown drive on Florida State’s next possession.  The drive covered 75 yards – 26 rushing and 34 passing with one penalty for 15 yards.  Jashaun Corbin scored his first touchdown of the day from the wildcat formation on a 3-yard scoring plunge to make the score 21-14 in favor of NC State. 

Wolfpack Win 28-14 In Doak

NC State increased its fourth-quarter lead to 28-14 on another long catch and run from Leary to Ricky Person.  Person scored on a 43-yard pass reception to give the Wolfpack a two touchdown lead with 7:53 remaining to be played.

In addition to Robinson’s 10 tackles, linebackers Amari Gainer and DJ Lundy totaled seven tackles each.  The Seminoles totaled six tackles for lost yardage, three sacks (two by Keir Thomas and one by Malcolm Ray) and four quarterback hurries (three by Jermaine Johnson).

Florida State will play its final home game of the season Saturday versus the University of Miami. The game is scheduled for a 3:30 start and will be broadcast by ESPN.

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