Friday, October 29, 2010

Wolfpack Rallies to Defeat Florida State

Their stats were virtually identical – FSU’s Christian Ponder was 17 for 28 for 196 yards, 1 touchdown, no interceptions, and 3 sacks (QB rating 131.3) while N.C. State’s Russell Wilson was 18 for 28 and 178 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception and 3 sacks (QB rating of 122.3) – yet Wilson seemed much best and much more likely to lead his team to victory last night in Raleigh.


Ultimately, that’s exactly what he did as the Wolfpack knocked off the Noles’  when Wilson completed a fourth down pass for the game's winning score and Ponder fumbled away FSU's last chance.

Wilson also ran for three scores for the Wolfpack (6-2, 3-1 ACC), who trailed 21-7 at the break before ending a three-game losing streak to the Noles (6-2, 4-1). With the win, NC State surpassed its victory total for last season while earning a key victory in a matchup of Atlantic Division contenders.

Trailing 24-21, the Wolfpack drove to the FSU 1-yard line and appeared to have a winning score within easy reach. But the Seminoles stopped Wilson on a pair of sneaks, then stuffed James Washington's leap over the line on third down. N.C. State appeared ready to kick a field goal, but called timeout and sent the offense back out on the field.

This time, Wilson rolled to his right on a play-action fake, then found Bryan alone near the back of the end zone for the 28-24 lead.

Still, Ponder - who ran for a pair of scores and threw for one - nearly rallied the Seminoles, driving Florida State all the way to the NC State four yard line in the final minute. But on what looked like a play-action fake, Ponder fumbled when tailback Ty Jones appeared to bump him as he ran by. Oops.

N.C. State linebacker Nate Irving pounced on the loose ball at the nine with 48 seconds left, sealing a dramatic victory.

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