October 8, 2007

Monday morning quarterback: Florida State

North Carolina State had its chances to get an elusive win Saturday against Florida State, but turnovers and mistakes again doomed the Pack in a 27-10 loss. Now it is time for some Monday Morning Quarterbacking.

Key moment of the game:

This was easy to pinpoint. It came right at the start of the fourth quarter. Florida State led 17-10, but on third down and 16, NC State freshman linebacker Thomas Barnes sacked FSU quarterback Xavier Lee for a six-yard loss back at the Noles' 45-yard line.

Florida State's Graham Gano unloaded a 45-yard punt to the 10, but it was not needed. NC State sophomore receiver Donald Bowens was called for roughing the punter, a 15-yard penalty and automatic first down to the 40. On the next play, Lee found receiver Greg Carr, who won a physical battle with redshirt freshman corner DeAndre Morgan for the ball and scored on a 40-yard touchdown, making the score 24-10.

The Pack did not get a chance to respond. A pooch kick by Gano could not be handled by NC State and was recovered by the Seminoles at the NC State 40 with 13:54 left in the game. Florida State drove for a field goal, making it 27-10 with 11:19 left.

Three Things That Worked:

1. Jamelle Eugene
NC State sophomore tailback Jamelle Eugene has shined in each of the past two spring games and has earned rave reviews from two coaching staffs at NC State. He finally showed it in a game Saturday. Eugene ran for 101 yards on 14 carries and helped ease the sting of losing junior Andre Brown to a broken foot at the half.

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