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Florida State’s losing streak hit three on Saturday night as the Seminoles were handled in Raleigh by NC State, 38-22.
The contest probably wasn’t as close as the final score would indicate, but FSU did fight to the bitter end. With the loss, the Seminoles fall to 2-6 on the year and 1-6 in conference.
It was another night to forget, but there were some positives. To recognize the Seminoles who stood out with game balls is Fifth Quarter executive editor Cory Thorpe, managing editor Mike Ferguson and FSU beat writer Jacob Bunting.
Mike and Cory’s Game Ball: Chubba Purdy, QB
The night started slow for freshman quarterback Chubba Purdy, but it finished strong. In his first career start, Purdy went 15-for-23 passing for 181 yards and two touchdowns. Purdy became the first FSU quarterback to throw multiple touchdowns in a game this season. Purdy added 54 yards rushing on seven carries.
Jacob’s Game Ball: Jashuan Corbin, RB
With other running backs sidelined or limited, Jashaun Corbin was asked to carry the load on Saturday night and did so admirably. Corbin rushed for a team-high 77 yards on 14 carries, which included a 28-yard touchdown to breathe life into the FSU offense. Corbin also caught a pair of passes for 12 yards.
Mike’s Game Ball: Janarius Robinson, DE
Florida State’s defensive effort was again nothing to write home about, but redshirt senior defensive end Janarius Robinson managed to make some plays. Robinson tallied 2.5 tackles for loss and the Seminoles’ only sack of the night in the loss. The Panama City native totaled five tackles.
Cory and Jacob’s Game Ball: Emmett Rice, LB
Week in and week out, Emmett Rice is among Florida State’s top tacklers. On Saturday night, Rice finished second on the team with a season-high 11 total stops, including 1.5 for loss. Rice was constantly around the football. Four of his tackles were solo stops.
Mike and Jacob’s Game Ball: Parker Grothaus, K
For all of its faults, Florida State seems to have found its kicker. In addition to making his lone extra point attempt, Parker Grothaus hit a long field goal for a second straight week. His 48-yard make on Saturday night got FSU on the board. With the make, he improved to 3-for-5 this season on kicks of 40 yards or longer. Two of his four kickoffs went for touchbacks.
Cory’s Game Ball: Alex Mastromanno, P
If there has been a bright spot for FSU this season, it is special teams. Freshman punter Alex Mastromanno averaged better than 45 yards per punt on three punts on Saturday night with a long of 53 yards. Only one of his three kicks was returned.