Wolf­pack blows out FSU, snaps 2-game los­ing streak

The News & Observer (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY JOE GIGLIO jgiglio@new­sob­server.com

After back-to-back losses, N.C. State needed a win. Florida State provided the per­fect an­ti­dote on Satur­day.

The Wolf­pack got a ca­reer game from se­nior Reg­gie Gal­laspy and three touch­downs from fresh­man Ricky Per­son to squeeze the Semi­noles 47-28 and qual­ify for a bowl game in the process.

N.C State (6-2, 3-2 ACC) had dropped con­sec­u­tive ACC games to Clem­son and Syra­cuse after a 5-0 start to the sea­son. The Wolf­pack de­fense had been stretched in those two losses but was able to find some foot­ing.

Mix in 16 penal­ties (for 121 yards) on Florida State (4-5, 2-5) with a 125-yard per­for­mance by re­ceiver Jakobi Mey­ers and four field goals by Chris Dunn, and N.C. State was able to give coach Dave Do­eren his sec­ond straight win over FSU (and first in Raleigh) to qual­ify for the post­sea­son for the fifth straight year.

The Wolf­pack forced two turnovers in the first half and scored on five of its first six pos­ses­sions to jump out to a 27-7 lead in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Per­son, who missed the Syra­cuse game with mul­ti­ple in­juries, had touch­down runs of 1 and 4 yards in his re­turn. He also had a 2-yard touch­down catch in the fourth quar­ter.

The run­ning game got a boost with Per­son’s re­turn, even though the fresh­man fin­ished with only 42 yards. Gal­laspy ran 21 times for a ca­reer-high 106 yards. The re­turn of right tackle Justin Witt, who also missed the Syra­cuse loss, helped, too.

Quar­ter­back Ryan Fin­ley com­pleted 21 of 27 passes for 240 yards with three touch­downs and was not sacked. FSU en­tered the game ranked in the top 20 na­tion­ally in sacks but couldn’t get to Fin­ley.

An 8-yard touch­down pass from Fin­ley to re­ceiver Kelvin Har­mon gave the Wolf­pack a 17-0 lead at 11:33 in the sec­ond quar­ter.

There were still holes in the Wolf­pack sec­ondary. N.C. State, which en­tered the game at No. 126 in the coun­try in pass de­fense, gave up two 75yard scor­ing drives to FSU in the first half.

Sopho­more quar­ter­back James Black­man, in his first start of the sea­son, con­nected with re­ceiver Tamor­rion Terry on a 35-yard pass to cut N.C. State’s lead to 17-7.

Black­man also hit run­ning back Cam Ak­ers right be­fore the half on an 8-yard touch­down to cut N.C. State’s lead to 27-14.

Black­man fin­ished with 421 yards and four touch­downs, but it wasn’t enough to off­set FSU’s prob­lems on de­fense and with penal­ties.

PHOTOS BY ETHAN HY­MAN ehy­man@new­sob­server.com

N.C. State run­ning back Ricky Per­son scores on a 1-yard run dur­ing the first half of the Wolf­pack’s game against Florida State at Carter-Fin­ley Sta­dium in Raleigh on Satur­day. Per­son scored three TDs dur­ing the Pack’s 47-28 win over the Semi­noles.

N.C. State wide re­ceiver Jakobi Mey­ers beats Florida State de­fen­sive back Asante Sa­muel Jr. down the side­line after mak­ing a re­cep­tion.

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