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NC State unable to sustain first-quarter lead in 34-17 loss to No. 19 Florida St


TALLAHASSEE, Florida — North Carolina State took an early 10-point lead against Florida State, but for the second straight year they were unable to sustain it.

The Wolfpack led 17-7 at the end of the first quarter and forced turnovers on three of the 19th-ranked Seminoles' first five drives. Momentum turned though when Sean Maguire replaced Everett Golson midway through the second quarter as the junior ended up rallying Florida State to a 34-17 victory.

In last year's game, North Carolina State led 24-7 at one point before losing 56-41.

"We've just really got to find a way to play against a team like that to make every play that we're capable of making. I mean that's just what it's going to take," coach Dave Doreen said. "You feel like you're getting closer and closer and closer and then you fall back a little bit."

Ten of the N.C. State points came via Florida State turnovers. The Seminoles had five turnovers after committing only three on offense coming into the game.

The Wolfpack have forced nine turnovers in their last two games, which is the most in consecutive games since they forced seven at the end of the 2011 season.

Jacoby Brissett accounted for 236 all-purpose yards for N.C. State (6-4, 2-4 ACC) and accounted for both touchdowns. He was 27 of 47 for 209 yards and a touchdown along a rushing touchdown. Florida State was able to get consistent pressure on Brissett all day long, recording four sacks.

"They were blitzing us. They were bringing some corner crashes. That was the main thing that probably was causing us a little difficulty," Brissett said. "I've just got to see that and redirect protection and get us into the right play."

Maguire directed four straight scoring drives as Florida State (8-2, 6-2 ACC, No. 16 CFP) took control. The junior was 18 of 28 for 231 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Golson and Maguire split snaps this week but Fisher gave Golson the nod because he wanted a more mobile quarterback.

"It was tough (finding out on Thursday) especially after the two weeks, the emotion from last week. At the same time you got to be ready," Maguire said.

Golson's struggles started in the Oct. 24 loss at Georgia Tech and continued on Saturday. He committed turnovers on three of five drives, including two interceptions, and was taken out with the Seminoles trailing 17-7. Golson finished 5 of 9 for 52 yards and two interceptions.

After not throwing a pick in 210 attempts dating back to last season at Notre Dame, Golson has three in his past 17.

"We were in a bad rut and we thought he could give us a spark," said Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher about bringing in Maguire. "What he did and the maturity he showed, to be able to be ready to go in and do that was outstanding."

Maguire completed five of his first six passes and gave the passing game a spark. Kermit Whitfield had his second 100-yard receiving game of the season with six receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Jesus Wilson added 78 yards on seven receptions.

"They were really throwing quick, a lot of hitches and stuff," Doreen said. "We were pressuring them quite a bit early in the game and then we had to start dropping off into some zones because they were max protecting into man-to-man, which hurt us."

Dalvin Cook, who set Florida State's single-season rushing record, had 138 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns, including a 30-yard score in the second quarter where he broke four tackles. Warrick Dunn, who had held the record with 1,242 yards in 1995, was in attendance and congratulated Cook in the locker room after the game.

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