Just when Florida State thought they were on the road to being contenders for the national championship, under the radar North Carolina State destroys their dreams with a 17-16 victory.
Florida State not only predicted to compete for a BCS bowl, they were favored as a National Championship contender. Winning the ACC had become a foregone conclusion. And Fisher thought that, too. Sure, he’d wax pleasant about upcoming teams saying “they’ve got some guys who can play” and “we’re taking this season one game at a time,” but even Fisher didn’t pretend like this team had one goal this season other than winning the National Championship, or at least seriously competing for it.
“We’ve got a huge challenge to get ourselves back because it’s a tough loss,” coach Jimbo Fisher said. “A heartbreaking loss because of the way it happened.”
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.
Down by six points with under a minute to play, N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon completed a two-yard touchdown pass to Shadrach Thornton to give the Wolfpack the lead.
The scoring play capped a game-winning, 12-play, 43-yard drive that took only two minutes and 11 seconds.
EJ Manuel is already looking ahead to next Saturday’s game against Boston College, because that is what a leader does.
Defensive end Bjoern Werner is also one of those leaders. He stood up amidst the echoing silence in the locker room and told the team to hold their heads up high.
“Bjoern was standing up and telling everybody it’s not over,” Dawkins said. “[He said] don’t put your head down because it’s not over for us. People are probably going to throw in the towel on us, but it’s not over. We’re going to fix our problems—that’s a promise.”
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Written by Mackenzie Thirkill