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North Carolina State 19, Florida State 17

(AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

By AARON BEARD
AP Sports Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. - Devan Boykin picked off Jordan Travis' pass in the end zone with 38 seconds left and No. 14 North Carolina State rallied past Florida State 19-17 despite losing quarterback Devin Leary to injury.

Boykin's clean catch in the end zone was the clinching play on a big - and gritty - performance by the Wolfpack's veteran defense after halftime. N.C. State (5-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) held Florida State (4-2, 2-2) to 93 yards after the break, helping the Wolfpack rally from a 17-3 halftime deficit.

Christopher Dunn also kicked four field goals, including a 53-yarder early in the fourth and the go-ahead 27-yard score with 6:33 left.

The Wolfpack needed every bit of it, too, considering how daunting things looked when Leary - the preseason league player of the year - went down late in the third. He was hit while trying to throw and suffered an injury to his right arm or shoulder, returning later to the sideline with his arm in a sling. That forced backup Jack Chambers into duty for an offense that was fighting for most of its gains even with Leary in the game.

Travis and the Seminoles found success before halftime with multiple chunk gains against the Wolfpack's touted defense, including a 71-yard keeper by Travis that set up a quick touchdown drive. But Travis threw interceptions on each of the Seminoles' last two drives, one into traffic near midfield with about 6 1/2 minutes left and the other when he lofted the ball for Mycah Pittman after the Seminoles had driven to the 23 needing a field goal for the lead.

THE TAKEAWAY

FSU: The Seminoles had managed their first 4-0 start since 2015 before falling at home to No. 15 Wake Forest last weekend. They looked ready to come back with an impressive win by pushing out to the 17-3 lead, only to sputter after halftime with their share of mistakes - including a bizarre one when punter Alex Mastromanno carried the ball past the line of scrimmage and kicked it away for a penalty that led to a spot turnover and set up one of Dunn's field goals.

N.C. State: A season of high expectations hit its first bump with last week's loss to No. 5 Clemson, which put the Wolfpack in catch-up mode in the Atlantic Division race behind the preseason ACC favorite. Losing Leary for any time won't help the Wolfpack's immediate goals to push for a 10-win season, though it was an impressive show of resilience to find a way to win this one.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter FlaStNCSU
NCSU FG 3:06 Christopher Dunn 38 yard field goal 0 3
Second Quarter FlaStNCSU
FlaSt TD 11:29 Mycah Pittman 14 yard TD pass from Jordan Travis (Ryan Fitzgerald Extra Point) 7 3
FlaSt TD 0:48 Lawrance Toafili 12 yard TD run (Ryan Fitzgerald Extra Point) 14 3
FlaSt FG 0:00 Ryan Fitzgerald 47 yard field goal 17 3
Third Quarter FlaStNCSU
NCSU TD 9:49 Darryl Jones 10 yard TD pass from Devin Leary (Christopher Dunn Extra Point) 17 10
NCSU FG 0:57 Christopher Dunn 40 yard field goal 17 13
Fourth Quarter FlaStNCSU
NCSU FG 12:07 Christopher Dunn 53 yard field goal 17 16
NCSU FG 6:33 Christopher Dunn 27 yard field goal 17 19
Team Stats
  Florida State North Carolina State
First downs 15 16
  Rushing 8 10
  Passing 6 5
  Penalty 1 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-13, 38% 2-13, 15%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 28-206 46-182
Passing Yards 181 125
Return Yards 64 36
Completions-Attempts-Int 15-30-2 11-23-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-10 1-7
Punts 6 6
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 8-80 8-60
Florida State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Travis 15 30 181 1 2
North Carolina State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Leary 10 21 130 1 1
J. Chambers 0 1 0 0 0
T. Thomas 1 1 -5 0 0
Florida State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Travis 7 108 15.4 0
T. Ward 5 51 10.2 0
T. Benson 6 25 4.2 0
L. Toafili 10 22 2.2 1
North Carolina State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Houston 24 90 3.8 0
J. Chambers 7 39 5.6 0
D. Sumo-Karngbaye 8 37 4.6 0
D. Mimms III 3 21 7.0 0
D. Jones II 1 1 1.0 0
D. Leary 2 -1 -0.5 0
Florida State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Wilson 2 60 30.0 0
O. Wilson 4 57 14.3 0
M. Pittman 4 34 8.5 1
L. Toafili 3 24 8.0 0
T. Benson 2 6 3.0 0
North Carolina State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Houston 2 41 20.5 0
K. Lesane 1 25 25.0 0
D. Carter 1 23 23.0 0
D. Jones 2 19 9.5 1
D. Sumo-Karngbaye 3 18 6.0 0
C. Seabrough 1 4 4.0 0
J. Chambers 1 -5 -5.0 0
Florida State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Robinson 1 0
North Carolina State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
S. Battle 1 5
D. Boykin 1 0
Florida State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Mastromanno 6 226 37.7
North Carolina State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
S. McDonough 6 254 42.3
Florida State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
O. Wilson 1 51 51.0
North Carolina State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Thomas 2 15 7.5
Florida State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Pittman 1 13 13.0
North Carolina State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Gray 1 16 16.0
Florida State Missed FG
Player Length
North Carolina State Missed FG
Player Length




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