Mistakes cost Seminoles as N.C. State wins
Freshman Ricky Person Jr. scored three touchdowns while Jakobi
Meyers had a big receiving day to help host North Carolina State beat Florida State 47-28 on Saturday.
Meyers had nine catches for 125 yards and a score for the Wolfpack (6-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), which snapped a two-game skid to become bowl eligible for the fifth straight year. N.C. State scored the first 17 points and never let FSU closer than 10 again in a onesided show.
It helped that the Wolfpack ran the ball well, with Person scoring twice on the ground in his return from injury while Reggie Gallaspy II ran for a career-best 106 yards.
FSU’s James Blackman threw for a career-high 421 yards and four scores in starting for Deondre Francois, with two going to Tamorrion Terry. But it didn’t stop the Seminoles (4-5, 2-5) from ending up with a second straight lopsided loss.
For FSU, there wasn’t a huge response after last week’s 59-10 home loss to No. 2 Clemson, a performance that had first-year coach Willie Taggart openly questioning his team’s effort and whether some players quit.
The Seminoles had plenty of mistakes in this one, most notably with 15 penalties for 116 yards to continue their trend of being among the nation’s most penalized teams.
And that has put those long streaks of winning seasons and bowl appearances in serious jeopardy. FSU hasn’t had a losing season since 1976 and has been in a bowl game for 36 straight seasons, with the last bowl-less season coming in 1981.
Unlike FSU, N.C. State offered a strong bounceback from its own lopsided loss to Clemson and last weekend’s loss at No. 22 Syracuse. The Wolfpack avoided turnovers, allowed no sacks, committed two penalties through the first three quarters and answered any push by the Seminoles.
Person capped his day with a short TD catch from Ryan Finley to make it 44-21 with 11:10 left.
Tulane 41, USF 15:
Darius Bradwell scored a touchdown for the seventh straight game and led a 364-yard rushing attack that carried Tulane to a surprising rout of host South Florida.
The Green Wave (4-5, 3-2 American Athletic Conference) won in Florida for the first time since 1977, ending a 13-game skid with a dominating performance against an opponent suddenly reeling after spending three weeks ranked in the Top 25.
Bradwell rambled 73 yards untouched to put Tulane up 34-3 late in the third quarter and finished with 134 yards on 15 car- ries. Corey Dauphine rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns, and graduate transfer Justin McMillan ran for his third TD in two starts as the Green Wave quarterback.
South Florida (7-2, 3-2) has dropped two straight for the first time since 2015.
The Bulls tumbled from the Top 25 following a 57-36 loss at Houston and were thoroughly outplayed Saturday in falling behind 27-3 at halftime.
Tulane kept USF’s potent offense out of the end zone until Johnny Ford scored on a 5-yard run in the final minute of the third quarter.
The Green Wave outgained the Bulls 255 yards to 126 in the opening half, despite only having the ball for seven more offensive snaps.
A Howard 31, FAMU 23: Dedrick Parson had 26 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown as host Howard snapped the Rattlers’ five-game win streak.
Florida A&M took an early 7-0 lead when Azende Rey ran it in from 3-yards out after a brief three-play, 15-yard drive that was set up when Elijah Watkins intercepted Caylin Newton on the game’s first play.
Newton responded and led a six-play, 65-yard drive that ended with his 22-yard touchdown pass to Jequez Ezzard before the 2-point conversion attempt failed.
After forcing the Rattlers to punt, Newton again helped march Howard (4-4, 4-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic) — this time on an eight-play, 60-yard drive — and the Bison led the rest of the way.
Newton finished with
172 yards passing, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Ryan Stanley led Florida A&M (6-3, 5-1) with 281 yards passing, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
30, Morgan State 28: The host Bears (2-7, 1-4 MEAC) went down for the seventh consecutive time to the Wildcats (5-5, 3-2), who ended a two-game skid.
N.C. State’s Reggie Gallaspy II ran for a career-best 106 yards in Saturday’s victory over Florida State.