NC State stuns No. 3 Florida State 17-16
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Third-ranked Florida State spent the first half looking every bit like the team picked to win the Atlantic Coast Conference, from a dominating defense to a running game that kept moving the chains to silence a hostile crowd.
Then North Carolina State figured out a way to shake up the race for both the conference and national championship.
Mike Glennon found Bryan Underwood for a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 16 seconds left, helping the Wolfpack rally to beat the Seminoles 17-16 on Saturday night.
On a night when the Seminoles (5-1, 2-1 ACC) appeared poised to strengthen their grip on their division, they instead found themselves struggling to figure out how N.C. State (4-2, 1-1) had turned the game around and possibly ended FSU's hopes of contending for a BCS title.
"We still control our own destiny in the ACC," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. "We have to refocus and not let this loss become two in a row. We let this one slip away from us."
Florida State — carrying its highest ranking since 2003 — led 16-0 at halftime, but couldn't stop Wolfpack quarterback Mike Glennon in the fourth quarter and watched this one slip away in stunning fashion.
"We weren't coming in thinking that we were David and they were Goliath or anything," Wolfpack center Camden Wentz said. "We've beaten this team before. They're a great football team. We weren't coming in not sure if we could win or not. ... At the end, it went our way."
The Wolfpack (4-2, 1-1) inched closer after halftime before coming up with a game-turning blocked punt by Mike Rose with 2:27 left, giving the ball back to Glennon at the FSU 43 with a chance to complete the comeback.
Glennon marched the Wolfpack down the field and completed three fourth-down passes, including two inside the 15. The drive ended when he found Underwood alone over the middle — a step or two into the end zone — to tie the game, allowing the Wolfpack to take the lead on the ensuing point-after kick.
Not bad for a team that committed 14 penalties, coughed up six turnovers and gave up the go-ahead touchdown pass in a 44-37 loss at Miami last weekend.
"It was a dream come true to be honest," Underwood said. "We'd been working hard all week after last week. We just wanted to come out and fight. We just hung in there and played as a team, that's all it was."
FSU drove near midfield in the final seconds, but the Wolfpack defense knocked down EJ Manuel's desperation heave near the goal line to end it. The play sent the Wolfpack players spilling onto the field in celebration.