Boykin, defense help No. 14 NC State rally past FSU 19-17


RALLY, NC (AP) – The North Carolina attack feuded, then the Atlantic Coast Conference player lost the pre-season while facing a second-half deficit.

For Devan Boykin, that meant the defense had to drive the 14th-ranked Wolfpack back to Saturday night.

He said, “After the break, we knew the match was going to be upon us.”

Boykin got a Jordan Travis pass in the end zone with 38 seconds left to give North Carolina State a 19-17 win over Florida State despite quarterback Devin Leary losing to an injury.

Boykin’s clean catch in the end zone was decisive play on a big – and gritty – performance by the veteran Wolfpack defense after the break. North Carolina State held Florida State (4-2, 2-2) for 93 yards after the break, helping the Wolfpack rebound from a 17-3 first-half deficit.

Christopher Dunn also scored four field goals, including 53 yards early in the fourth inning, 27 yards left with 6:33 yards left.

The Wolfpack needed every bit of it too, considering how scary things looked when Leary fell late in the third. He was shot while attempting a throw and was hit in the right arm or right shoulder, later returning to the lateral line with his arm in a sling. This forced reserve Jack Chambers to serve for an offense who was fighting for most of her winnings even with Leary in the game.

“This team has not quit,” said Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren. “They don’t flinch.”

Travis and Seminoles found success before the break with multiple wins, including a 71-yard guard by Travis who created a fast landing drive.

But Travis threw objections at each of the Seminoles’ last two drives, one in traffic near the midfield with about 6 1/2 minutes left and the other when he lifted the ball for Micah Pittman after driving the Seminoles to the 23 needed field goal to drive.

“We made a lot of mistakes there in the second half that we should be able to overcome,” Florida State coach Mike Norville said. “And everybody’s delusion. I just told the team: This score is on me 100%.”

take away

Florida State: The Seminoles pulled off their first start 4-0 since 2015 before falling home to 15th seed Wake Forest last weekend. They looked poised to come back up by climbing 17-3, but failed after halftime with their share of fouls – including a bizarre one when Alex Mastromano hit the ball past the scrimmage line and kicked it away for a penalty that led to a spot turn and one of Dunn’s field goals.

Norville said he believed Mastromanno lost track after avoiding a rush to start a stampede.

“Everything that could go really wrong in that second half really came out,” Norville said.

NC State: A season of high expectations made its debut with last week’s loss to No. 5 Clemson, which put Wolfpack in a catch-up position in the Atlantic Division behind the pre-season favorite ACC team. Losing Leary at no time would help Wolfpack’s immediate goals to push into a 10-win season, although it was an impressive display to hold up.

The repercussions of the opinion poll

North Carolina State dropped four points from 10th after losing to Clemson. It’s unclear how this performance, or the possible absence of Leary, will affect Wolfpack’s position in the upcoming AP Top 25 poll on Sunday.

package injuries

Doeren said an x-ray revealed no fracture in Leary and he will undergo an MRI for further evaluation on Sunday. North Carolina State also lost receiver Devin Carter and Demi Sumo Carangby returned to injuries in this one as well.

extra points

Travis threw for 181 yards and touched down the first half to go with his interceptions for FSU. … Leary completed 10 of 21 passes for 130 yards with one TD and one interception. …Chambers ran seven times for 39 yards and didn’t complete his single pass. … Florida State’s Ryan Fitzgerald scored a 47-yard field goal shortly before halftime. He had missed four of the five coming. …the NC State defensive linebacker Shyheim Battle has been ejected for targeting in the Seminoles Final Campaign.

dim light

The kick-off was slightly delayed due to a pre-match lighting issue.

The match was scheduled to kick off around 8:10 p.m., but as the sun set, the stadium lights at Carter-Finley Stadium remained off with only the strip lights and scoreboard providing the dimly lit stadium lighting.

The school said the game would not start for 47 minutes once the lights went on, although that eventually amounted to a delay of just a few minutes past the set TV kick-off time.

next one

Florida State: Seminole 5 hosts Clemson next Saturday.

NC State: Syracuse hosts Wolfpack next Saturday.

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