TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Michael Ray Garvin returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown to spark Florida State to its fourth straight victory, a 27-10 win Saturday over North Carolina State.
Garvin, a track All-American who finished sixth in the 100 meters at the NCAA finals and ran a leg on Florida State's championship 400-meter relay team, gave Florida State a 17-10 lead early in the third quarter with his first interception of the season.
Daniel Evans, who threw three TD passes in N.C. State's 24-20 victory last year over the Seminoles, was intercepted three times Saturday -- once at the end of the half that killed a Wolfpack drive that had reached Florida State's 26.
It was the first game against North Carolina State for former Wolfpack coach Chuck Amato, who returned to Florida State to be an assistant after getting fired by N.C. State after last season.
One of the players Amato recruited, sophomore Jamelle Eugene, ran for 101 yards on 14 carries and caught five passes for another 30 yards for the Wolfpack.
Xavier Lee, making his first start of the season at quarterback, ran 2 yards for the Seminoles' first touchdown 2:11 into the game, three plays after a 58-yard pass to Greg Carr on the game's first play. Carr later caught a 40-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to give the Seminoles a 24-10 lead.
Lee was 16-for-28 passes for 257 yards and the 6-foot-6 Carr caught four passes for 140 yards.
The Seminoles (4-1,1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) snapped a string of eight straight losses against Atlantic Division rivals. N.C. State has now lost a dozen straight game against Bowl Subdivision (formerly I-A) schools.
Although N.C. State (1-5, 0-3 ACC) led 10-7 in the first quarter, it was again plagued by four turnovers -- boosting its number to 21 in coach Tom O'Brien's first year at the school.
It was Florida State coach Bobby Bowden's 370th career coaching win, the most in major college football.
The game was delayed late in the third quarter for 49 minutes because of a lightning threat. Florida State led 17-10 when the players were removed from the field.