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College Football Recap
Friday, 2006 October 6 - 9:00 am
N.C. State 24, Florida State 20.

N.C. State 24, Florida State 20. Okay, I can't figure these guys out. N.C. State loses to Southern Miss and Akron, but then has two come-from-behind victories against ranked teams? WTF?

Maybe the whole urination thing was a good omen after all.

But more likely, it's a combination of a couple of things. Sophomore quarterback Daniel Evans is looking sharp. He's less error-prone than Marcus Stone and seems to have confidence in the pocket. He's got playmaking ability, something that's been sorely missed since the departure of Philip Rivers. With a little bit of a passing game, the running game opens back up. N.C. State had a balanced attack, passing for 190 yards and rushing for 150.

But a large part of this outcome has to fall on Florida State, which is simply not the powerhouse they've been in years past. The Seminole offensive unit is downright ordinary; they cannot run the ball worth beans, and Drew Weatherford isn't quite good enough to carry the load by himself. And the defense doesn't have the same caliber of athletes as the Florida State teams of five years ago.

Despite the victory, this is the kind of thing that frustrates N.C. State fans. Yes, it's a good win. But the two inexcusable losses to lowly unranked teams, earlier in the season, will probably doom N.C. State to a mediocre bowl bid. Their only hope is to win almost all their remaining games and capture the ACC title. Even though it's a down year for the ACC and the competition isn't that strong, I'm guessing not many Wolfpack fans are holding their breaths for that prospect. Undefeated Wake Forest is next, and resurgent Georgia Tech and Clemson teams are later down the road.

Grades: Offense B, Defense B+.
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