Thursday, October 28, 2010
Halftime: Florida State 21, NC State 7
By Heather Dinich
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Here's a quick breakdown of the first half between Florida State and NC State:
Turning point: In the second quarter, NC State halfback Dean Haynes fumbled, and Kendall Smith recovered it on the Pack's 18-yard line. Haynes, the Pack's second-leading rusher, suffered a possible concussion and was sidelined for the rest of the game, and Florida State took the lead, 14-7, for the first time five plays later.
Stat of the half: 14. That's how many total yards NC State had in the second quarter. The Pack was outgained 167-14. Russell Wilson was sacked three times, including twice on back-to-back plays. Brandon Jenkins, Markus White and Nigel Bradham each have one quarterback sack so far.
Best player in the half: FSU quarterback Christian Ponder. He entered the game with lingering soreness from an elbow injury he sustained in the win over Boston College, but showed no signs of it as he accounted for all three of the Seminoles' touchdowns. He threw only five incomplete passes, rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another.