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ACC: Purdy Starts as Wolfpack Extends Seminoles Woes with 38-22 Win

RALEIGH, N.C. –North Carolina State defeated Florida State at Carter-Finley Stadium Saturday night, 38-22.

FSU true freshman QB Chubba Purdy made his first career start. Purdy becomes the fifth true freshman in school history to start a game at QB, joining Billy Prescott (1973), Chip Ferguson (1985), James Blackman (2017) and Tate Rodemaker (2020).

Purdy finished the game 15-of-23 for 181 yards, two touchdowns and 54 yards rushing.

NC State has now won three of the last four in the series against the Seminoles, the most in a four-game span in the series which now has been played 51 times.

The Wolfpack was led by QB Bailey Hockman (265 yards passing and three passing TDs) and WR Thayer Thomas (10 catches, 135 yards receiving and two TDS).

“I’m proud of our team, the way they competed to the end,” said FSU head coach Mike Norvell. “There were a lot young guys with some who were getting their first major experience throughout the year. The energy that was on the sideline, the belief of continuing to go out there and continuing to compete. It was great to see them make a little rally at the end. The guys on that sideline believed we were going to find a way to come back and put ourselves in position to be successful.”

Florida State broke the shutout with a 48-yard field goal by Parker Grothaus.

FSU running back Jashaun Corbin broke off a 28-yard touchdown run on 4th-and-1 in the third quarter. He finished the game with a season-high 77 yards on 14 carries.

Corbin successfully picked up three of FSU’s five fourth-down conversions. FSU’s five successful fourth-down conversions are tied for the most nationally in a game this
season.

Purdy threw his first career touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, a 69-yard bomb to wide receiver Ontaria Wilson. It was the longest touchdown catch of Wilson’s career and the longest for FSU this season.

Wilson finished with 117 yards, the first 100-yard receiving game of his career. His seven catches were also a career high.

Seminoles’ Wide receiver Warren Thompson caught a 24-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. It was the first TD catch of his career.

“We are going to continue to work, we are going to continue to get better; I believe in these guys,” said Norvell. “I see some guys that are growing up; I see some leadership emerging within our team. We have to get better in all aspects.”

FSU safety Hamsah Nasirildeen made his first appearance of the season, registering four tackles and 0.5 TFL. He is FSU’s active leader in tackles with 225.

Defensive back Jarvis Brownlee, Jr. secured his first career interception in the fourth quarter. FSU’s defense has five interceptions this year.

Defensive end Janarius Robinson had five tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack. His 20.5 career TFL are the most on FSU’s active roster. Robinson also stopped NC State for no gain on 4th-and-1 at the FSU 10-yard line in the first quarter.

Seminoles’ linebacker Emmett Rice had a season-high 11 tackles and a career-high 1.5 tackles for loss. He has at least one tackle for loss in six straight games.

NC State held a 129-35 yardage advantage, including 114-13 in passing yards, after the first quarter of action, to take a 7-0 lead.

Over the last three wins versus Florida State in the series, the Pack has outscored the Seminoles 27-0 in the first quarter in the three games.

Florida State plays host to Clemson on Saturday at 12:00 at Doak Campbell Stadium. NC State improved to 5-3 overall (5-3 in the ACC).

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