NC State stuns No. 3 Florida State 17-16

Associated Press Modified: October 7, 2012 at 12:32 am •  Published: October 7, 2012
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"This is not the end of the world for us," FSU receiver Rashad Greene said. "We know what we have in this locker room and we will move on from this loss."

It marked the second straight year the Wolfpack had beaten a highly ranked division rival here. Last season, the Wolfpack upset No. 7 Clemson 37-13 for the program's first win against a top-10 team under Tom O'Brien.

This game marked the first time a top-five team had come to Carter-Finley Stadium since 1998. And just as in that game, unranked N.C. State upset the Seminoles, who were ranked No. 2 at the time.

"This is as good as it gets," Glennon said.

The win also changed the race in the ACC's Atlantic Division. The Seminoles had already beaten Clemson at home, so a win at N.C. State would've given them victories against the two teams projected to be their biggest challengers for the division crown.

FSU hosts Boston College next weekend.

As for N.C. State, the Wolfpack knew this was probably their last chance to stay in the division race.

N.C. State never led until Glennon's late pass and Niklas Sade's PAT. N.C. State had just 68 yards and four first downs in the first half, with the Seminoles using a short touchdown pass from Manuel and three field goals from Dustin Hopkins to take the 16-0 lead.

But the FSU team that was in such control going into the locker room isn't the one that came out for the second half.

Chris Thompson ran for 115 of his 141 yards in the first half for the Seminoles, while Manuel threw for 218 yards with an interception. Florida State managed just 122 yards after halftime and squandered all three of their timeouts, which proved crucial once the Wolfpack finally pushed in front.

Glennon threw for 259 yards on 30-for-55 passing with two touchdowns, the first being a 24-yard scoring pass to Shadrach Thornton that brought the Wolfpack within 16-10 with 13:47 to play. Then, after Rose's blocked punt, Glennon calmly moved N.C. State into striking range with a 12-yard pass to Quintin Payton on fourth-and-10 that gave N.C. State a first-and-goal at the 2 with 1:07 left.

Then he hit Underwood for touchdown that helped change the direction of the season in the ACC and beyond.