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FSU’s defense makes key stop late to hold off N.C. State

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Florida State’s defense, maligned most of the year, came up with a key stop late and allowed the Seminoles to win a close game on the road.

The FSU defense forced an incomplete pass on fourth-and-12 from their own 26 with 1:09 to go. The N.C. State Wolfpack had a first and 10 at the FSU 24, but four passes resulted in three incompletions and a catch for minus two yards. It left FSU as a 24-20 winner.

Quarterback Deondre Francois had one of his best nights for the Seminoles, hitting 22 of 39 passes for 330 yards. Of those passes, nine went to Nyqwan Murray for 153 yards.

“It feels good, I’ll tell you that,” coach Jimbo Fisher said. “I feel good right now, I’m not going to lie.

“We’re a couple plays from having a really tough season and a couple plays from having a phenomenal season. We have a young talented team that’s learning how to persevere.”

For N.C. State, Ryan Finley threw for 304 yards. Receiver Nyheim Hines had 11 catches for 124 yards. Running back Matthew Dayes ran for 104 yards on 23 carries.

For FSU, running back Dalvin Cook had 18 carries for 65 yards. Other FSU backs ran for a combined minus two yards.

The Seminoles, now 6-3, play Boston College at home Friday night.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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