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

RALEIGH, NC — Devan Boykin caught a pass from Jordan Travis in the end zone with 38 seconds left and No. 14 North Carolina State beat Florida State 19-17 on Saturday night despite losing quarterback Devin Leary to injury.

Boykin’s clean catch in the end zone was a big, sharp play by the veteran Wolfpack defensive end after halftime. NC State (5-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) held Florida State (4-2, 2-2) to 93 yards after halftime, giving the Wolfpack a 17-3 halftime lead.

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

The Wolfpack needed every bit of it, too, considering how scary things got when Leary – a preseason league player – went down late in the third. He was hit while trying to shoot and hurt his right arm or shoulder, then he went back to the side with a damaged arm. That forced backup Jack Chambers into the game for an offense that was struggling for the most wins with Leary as well.

Travis and the Seminoles found success before halftime with numerous plays against the Wolfpack defense, including Travis’ 71-yard keeper that set up a rushing touchdown. But Travis threw interceptions on each of the Seminoles’ final two drives, one in traffic near midfield with 6 1/2 minutes left and the other when he lifted the ball to Mycah Pittman after the Seminoles forced a field goal at the 23. for the leader


FSU: The Seminoles got off to their first 4-0 start since 2015 before falling to No. 15 Wake Forest last weekend. Looking poised to bounce back in an impressive win, taking a 17-3 lead, they were plagued with their share of mistakes after the break – including a rare one when Alex Mastromanno ran the ball over the line and kicked. an offside penalty led to a punt conversion and set up one of Dunn’s field goals.

NC State: A promising season suffered its first blow last week in a loss to No. 5 Clemson, which put the Wolfpack in a position to catch up to the preseason ACC favorite in the Atlantic Division race. Losing Leary at any point won’t help the Wolfpack’s immediate goals of pushing for a 10-win season, although finding a way to win this one was an impressive display of resiliency.



NC State dropped four spots from No. 10 after losing to Clemson. It’s unclear how that performance, or Leary’s potential absence, will affect the Wolfpack’s position in Sunday’s upcoming AP Top 25 poll.


Saturday’s kick-off was slightly delayed due to a pre-match lighting issue.

The game would start around 20:10 in the evening. But as the sun went down, the stadium lights at Carter-Finley Stadium dimmed with only the tape and scoreboard lights providing illumination for the field.

The school said the game wouldn’t start with the lights on for 47 minutes, though it was ultimately delayed a few minutes from the televised start time.


Florida State: The Seminoles host No. 5 Clemson next Saturday.

NC State: Syracuse hosts the Wolfpack next Saturday.


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