Mis­takes cost Semi­noles as N.C. State wins

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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:

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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.

Bethune-Cook­man

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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.

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N.C. State’s Reg­gie Gal­laspy II ran for a ca­reer-best 106 yards in Satur­day’s vic­tory over Florida State.

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