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State of Euphoria

Underwood’s TD catch in final seconds helps Pack stun Seminoles

jgiglio@newsobserver.comOctober 7, 2012 

  • The Drive N.C. State converted three fourth down plays -- including the winning touchdown pass with 16 seconds left -- in its final drive to upset No. 3-ranked FSU 17-16.
    Down and DistancePlay Result
    1-10 FSU 43Incomplete pass
    2-10 FSU 43Incomplete pass
    3-10 FSU 43Mike Glennon 8-yard run
    4-2 FSU 35Glennon 7-yard pass to Asa Watson
    1-10 FSU 28FSU pass interference
    1-10 FSU 14Incomplete pass
    2-10 FSU 14Incomplete pass
    3-10 FSU 14Incomplete pass
    4-10 FSU 14Glennon 12-yard pass to Quinton Payton
    1-goal FSU 2Incomplete pass
    2-goal FSU 2Tony Creecy run 0 yards
    3-goal FSU 3Incomplete pass
    4-goal FSU 2Glennon 2-yard pass to Bryan Underwood. Touchdown.
    Niklas Sade made the extra point.

— So much for Florida State’s national title hopes. The third-ranked Seminoles couldn’t even make it out of the ACC.

N.C. State, in an improbable turnaround from a numbing loss to Miami, knocked off the Seminoles, 17-16, at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday night in a repeat of history.

The last time the Wolfpack faced Florida State at home? A win.

The last time the Wolfpack faced a top 10 team at home (last year against Clemson)? A win.

Bryan Underwood’s touchdown with 16 seconds left gave the Wolfpack its 13th win in its past 15 home games, including a pair of upsets over top 10 teams.

N.C. State (4-2) quarterback Mike Glennon converted two passes on fourth down on the game-winning drive, including the 3-yard touchdown pass to Underwood, who has caught a touchdown in every game this season.

Glennon hit receiver Quintin Payton on fourth and 10 from the 14-yard line to extend the drive. A blocked punt by Mike Rose with 2:27 left set up the Wolfpack’s wild win.

Twice in the fourth quarter, after N.C. State had cut FSU’s lead to 16-10, the Seminoles’ fast and swarming defense, held the Wolfpack out of the end zone.

FSU cornerback Tyler Hunter stopped N.C. State running back Shadrach Thornton five yards short on a fourth-down pass play with 2:47 left in the game.

But N.C. State’s defense, which struggled last week at Miami, was able to pressure FSU quarterback E.J. Manuel (four sacks) and force FSU to kick field goals.

N.C. State’s defense gave up an ACC-record 566 passing yards to Miami’s Stephen Morris, but Manuel, who’s in the Heisman Trophy race, was held to 218 with an interception.

Senior running back Chris Thompson had 115 of his 141 yards in the first half. He accounted for 71 of 80 yards on FSU’s first touchdown drive of the game.

Manuel threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Nick O’Leary, but it was the Noles’ only touchdown of the night.

FSU kicker Dustin Hopkins hit from 49, 20 and 36 yards in the first half while the Seminoles’ defense held N.C. State to 68 yards and four first downs.

Thornton’s touchdown, his third in the past two home games, at 13:47 in the fourth quarter cut FSU’s lead to 16-10.

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