Football Falls At No. 3 Florida State
Oct. 26, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The NC State football team fell at No. 3 Florida State on Saturday afternoon.
The Seminoles (7-0, 4-0)opened the first quarter scoring five touchdowns on 19 offensive plays and grabbed a 35-0 lead after the opening 15 minutes. The Pack battled back in the second half, outscoring the Seminoles 17-7, but eventually fell 49-17.
Quarterback Brandon Mitchell returned to action for the Pack, playing in his first game since the season opener. Mitchell finished 17-of-33 for 128 yards, hitting nine different receivers on the day.
Running back Shadrach Thornton had his best game of the season, rushing 23 times for 173 yards and two touchdowns in the second half. He also caught a team-high five passes for 32 yards. Thornton's 173 yards rushing were the 19th-most in school history, and the most for a Pack player since Toney Baker had 174 against Clemson in 2006.
Defensively, senior Dontae Johnson recorded a pair of second-half interceptions and made a team-high eight tackles.
The Pack got on the scoreboard on its first possession of the second half. After Dontae Johnson picked off Jameis Winston inside the red zone, the Pack offense went 75 yards in 12 plays, and Niklas Sade's 36-yard field goal was his 13th of the season.
Thornton's first score came right before the end of the third quarter, when he found the endzone after a career-best 72-yard scamper along the Pack's sideline. Thornton added his second at the 7:16 mark in the fourth quarter, a one-yard jet sweep.
After posting 85 yards of total offense in the first half, the Pack had 231 yards in the second half, thanks largely to 149 yards on the ground.
The Pack will return to action next weekend, hosting North Carolina on Homecoming next Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Carter-Finley Stadium. The game will be broadcast on the ACC Network.