Tampa Bay Sports Day

ACC: N.C. State Uses Quick Start to Upset No. 25 FSU, 27-21

FSU’s James Blackman scrambles away from NC State’s Justin Jones during the Seminoles home opener at Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday. (Photo by Joe Rondone/Tallahassee Democrat)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – N.C. State came into Doak Campbell Stadium and upset No. 25 Florida State,  27-21.

“N.C. State has a very nice football team and they did the things they needed to do to win,” said FSU coach Jimbo Fisher.  “They played well in critical moments, and we didn’t finish drives. There’s a lot of good there (on our football team), but there’s still plenty bad.”

The Wolfpack’s Ryan Finley threw a 71-yard TD pass to Jakobi Meyers.  Meyers had five catches for 112 yards to lead all receivers.

N.C. State’s Jaylen Samuels scored his fourth TD of the season on a thee-yard run then caught another for 14 yards.

Finley was 22 of 32 for 230 yards as N.C. State improved to 3-1.

Freshman quarterback James Blackman led an FSU offense that sputtered. The defense couldn’t stop the visitors early as they quickly built a 10-0 lead.

Blackman finished 22 of 38 for 278 yards. He was sacked four times. FSU running back Cam Akers rushed 12 times for a team-high 56 yards.

FSU scored its second TD of the season on a four-yard pass from Blackman to Auden Tate in the back of the end zone to cut the lead to three.  Tate would later be injured on a 51-yard pass reception that set up Ricky Aguayo’s third field goal.

Blackman started after Deondre Francois was lost for the season after being injured in the 24-7 loss to Alabama. Hurricane Irma cancelled their next two scheduled games.  It had been 21 days since Florida State played a football game

Fisher refused to blame the loss on the long break.

“We had two long layoffs, but that’s not an excuse. We also had a lot of time to practice,” said Fisher, who was 7-0 in home openers.

The visitors took an early lead on the first of two Carson Wise field goals.

FSU NOTES: Ricky Aguayo finished with 12 points but  missed a game tying 30-yard field goal in the second quarter…..Blackman is the first true freshman to start for FSU since Chip Ferguson in 1985…linebacker Jacob Pugh was ejected for targeting in the third quarter…Saturday’s announced  attendance was 70,541.