A year after failing to pull the upset on the road against Clemson, N.C. State (3-1, 1-0 ACC) managed to take advantage o a Florida State team coming off an unusual layoff.
The Seminoles will play at Wake Forest on September 30 at 3:30 p.m. Blackman, the first true freshman to start for FSU since 1985, moved into the starting spot after Deondre Francois suffered a season-ending knee injury in the September 2 loss to Alabama. Auden Tate was the top receiver for Florida State with 138 yards and a touchdown. His 2-yard run on fourth-and goal gave the Wolfpack a 10-0 lead in the first quarter.
N.C. State wide receiver Jakobi Meyers (11) gets past Florida State defensive back Derwin James (3) on a 71-yard touchdown reception during the first half.
Blackman completed 22 of 38 passes for 278 yards.
And, for once, it was N.C. State's opponent that missed an easy field goal (a 30-yarder). Blackman also had a fumble deep in Wolfpack territory.
However, Blackman gained some confidence as the first half progressed and even reached the end zone via his first touchdown pass as a Seminole in the second quarter.
Florida State: Blackman struggled early, completing just one of his first four passes, but he started to get comfortable during the third drive and finished the first half by completing 14 of 16.
The last time Florida State started 0-2 was in 1989, a year that finished with 10-2 with a Fiesta Bowl victory.
For N.C. State, the painful stain of a bewildering loss in the opener is a distant memory and now the Wolfpack hope to build off this major win next week at home against Syracuse. The Wolfpack have won nine of the 10 meetings, including three straight. The Seminoles have a five-game winning streak over the Demon Deacons.