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Florida State football falls yet again on the road to conference foe North Carolina State, dropping its third straight.

An atrocious showing on offense and another poor day defensively resulted in the ‘Noles limping home from a blowout.

It was a game to forget, but Florida State seems to be building for the future at this point in the season.

SPINNING WHEELS

The ‘Noles couldn’t get anything going offensively in the first half. Mike Norvell seemed to be easing his freshman quarterbacks into the game. The majority of offensive yards came from quick in routes, screens, and runs out of the wildcat.

The conservative play-calling did not work well for Florida State, as the offense managed only 98 yards and three total points on four first-half drives.

Meanwhile, the Wolfpack took advantage of their possessions. The NC State offense tallied 240 yards and 21 points in their five attempts.

The Seminole defense was able to consistently get good pressure on the quarterback, but the secondary was consistently torched.

The game was over at the half.

PILING IT ON

The second half was as poor of a showing as the second half. NC State continued to roll offensively, adding another 17 points and adding 173 yards to their total.

Meanwhile, the ‘Noles seemed to open up the offensive playbook. Florida State finished the game with 347 yards, adding three touchdowns with a pair of failed two-point conversions to bring their points total to 22. Purdy threw his first two career touchdown passes and Jashaun Corbin had a nice run out of the wildcat.

The majority of the second half was effectively garbage time, as NC State had a very comfortable lead and had no trouble continuing to score.

Dave Doeren cruised his way to his 52nd win at NC State, which ties him with Dick Sheridan for the program’s second-winningest head coach.

YOUTH MOVEMENT

Florida State fans have been clamoring for a youth movement all year. This weekend’s game was the result.

The Seminoles are playing a supermajority of underclassmen on both sides of the ball. When that happens, you are going to see mistakes and a lack of discipline. The coaching staff has decided that it’s better for the future of this program to play the underclassmen now and take the potential losses that come with it.

Mike Norvell is giving this young team meaningful experience to build upon for next year. This group of players will form the foundation of the team Norvell is trying to build, and the next two recruiting classes will complete a massive overhaul of the roster he inherited.

It’s going to take time, and it’s going to be a bumpy ride. FSU fans are watching this team grow, whether they like it or not. Jump on board and root for the kids, or go find another team that’s more successful now – this is going to take awhile.

PROS/CONS

PROS

  • Second half production. FSU scored three offensive touchdowns in the second half after only scoring two all season against Power 5 opponents.
  • Youth experience. The majority of this team is underclassmen, and they received extensive snaps tonight.
  • Rushing. FSU tallied a sack-adjusted 162 yards on the ground, averaging 5.2 yards per carry.

CONS

  • Defending the slot. NC State’s Thayer Thomas nearly doubled his reception total for the year, adding 135 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Third down efficiency. FSU’s average third down distance to go was 9.2 yards, and they converted only three of their 14 attempts.
  • Slow start. The Seminoles managed only three points until deep into the third quarter.