Sat, Nov 13, 2004 - Page 20 News List

Florida State takes close contest with North Carolina St.


Lorenzo Booker and James Coleman each ran for third-quarter touchdowns, helping No. 11 Florida State rally past North Carolina State 17-10 Thursday in a game that featured 22 punts, four turnovers and less than 250 yards of combined offense.

Florida State (8-2, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) went deep into the second quarter before its yardage total exceeded the number of plays. Wyatt Sexton finished 5-for-18 for only 73 yards, and leading rusher Leon Washington was held to 56 yards on 18 carries after missing the previous two games with a shoulder injury.

Still, it was enough. The lone touchdown for the Wolfpack (4-6, 3-5) came on Darrell Blackman's 87-yard punt return in the second quarter that gave them a 10-0 lead. But even though they rotated quarterbacks, they couldn't generate much offense after halftime. They had only one first down -- fittingly, on a pass interference penalty -- and 26 yards in the final two periods. Jay Davis and Marcus Stone were a combined 9-for-25 for 100 yards.

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