This Saturday sets up a game for either revenge or a let down. Yes, by the picture you can tell we are talking about the annual Florida State vs. North Carolina State game. No other Atlantic Coast team has been a thorn in Florida State’s side as much as North Carolina State has been. The Wolfpack have crushed Florida State’s dreams time after time and the worse part about it is, the Wolfpack are always supposed to be out matched. So in honor of this weeks Florida State vs. North Carolina State game, lets look back on the history of this game….. The history of NCST crushing the dreams of many Seminoles.
1998 NCST 24 FSU 7
The Florida State Seminoles came into Carter Finley stadium ranked #2 in the nation and coming off a big win against Texas A&M. Future Heisman trophy winner Chris Weinke was leading the charge for the Seminoles as the quarterback. The Wolfpack on the other hand was coming off of a 6-5 record in 1997 and would only go 7-5 in 1998. NCST was out matched and everyone who knew anything about football knew this was true. FSU quarterback Chris Weinke hit star wide receiver Peter Warrick for a 74 yard touchdown and within the first 30 seconds FSU was winning 7-0. The Seminoles who were torched by future NFL superstar Torry Holt in 1997, was destroyed by him again in 1998. Holt led the wolfpack to a 13-7 lead and never looked back from there. The NCST defense would end up picking off Chris Weinke six times, and only allowing him to complete nine passes all day. The Wolfpack would crush the seminoles this day 24-7, and gave them a good wake up call. The Wolfpack could not capitalize off this win and would finish 7-5 on the year. Meanwhile Florida State put the rest of the ACC on murders row and made the national championship game despite the loss.
2001 NCST 34 FSU 28
This was Florida State’s ninth year in the Atlantic Coast Conference and they still had not experience a conference loss at home, until they met Phillip Rivers and his Wolfpack. Chuck Amato who was a long time assistant to Bobby Bowden was now the NCST head coach. Phillip Rivers who is the current San Diego Chargers quarterback was almost perfect for the day. He was 26-33 for 245 yards and torched the Florida State secondary. The Wolfpack offense overwhelmed the Seminole defense racking up 463 total offensive yards. Freshman FSU quarterback Chris Rix had one last chance at the end of the game, but his pass attempt fell innocently in the back of the end zone. This loss gave Florida State its first conference loss ever at home, ended its nine year conference championship streak, and costed the Noles a BCS Bowl Berth.
2002 NCST 17 FSU 7
This was one of the most equal match ups in the series between the two. Adrian McPherson would get the start as he replaced Chris Rix at quarterback mid way through the season. Adrian McPherson who would later be kicked off the team for gambling struggled all night, leading the Seminoles to only one touchdown all night. Phillip Rivers and T.A. McLendon grinded out a win for the wolfpack to bring NCST its first ever ten win season. Even with the loss, Florida State was helped out by Virginia beating Maryland that day to win the Atlantic Coast Conference.
2005 NCST 20 FSU 15
The Seminoles who somehow won the conference at an 8-5 record would be physically dismantled by the Wolfpack. The Noles would only have 43 yards total on the ground, and could not generate much offense at all. Freshman Florida State quarterback Drew Weatherford was picked off three times, and struggled all night.
2010 NCST 28 FSU 24
Jimbo Fishers first year as florida State’s head coach was going strong and looking to win the Atlantic division out right until a Thursday night trip to Raleigh. The game featured two future NFL quarterbacks in Christian Ponder and Russell Wilson. The Noles were ranked at #16 looking to rise up in the standings, while NCST was unranked like usual. The game was close the whole time, and Florida State had a chance to win it easily on the goal line. Then the second turnover of the game happened for Florida State in a play action fake where Christian Ponder extended the ball to far in front of runningback Ty Jones. This would cost the Noles as they would lose again to those pesky Wolfpack.
2012 NCST 17 FSU 16
I think we can all remember what happened here…..