Florida State defense dominates North Carolina State as Noles win 34-0

Florida State turned in one of its best defensive performances in a conference game in a long time, shutting out the North Carolina State Wolfpack 34-0. FSU held the Pack to only 166 yards on 62 plays -- an incredible 2.7 yards/play. To that, FSU added three turnovers and four sacks -- extra impressive considering the egregious holding allowed by the ACC officials.

Florida State moved the ball very well in the first half, scoring 24 points. EJ Manuel started. 17-22 for 200+ yards. Importantly, he managed the game very well in the first half. FSU had 7.1 yards/play in the first half and finished with a 6.3 per play. TomahawkNation.com predicted that FSU would score 34 points and 6.3 yards/play. Unfortunately, FSU's performance before garbage time was much worse.

Jimbo Fisher made three terrible gambles, choosing to forgo fourth and short three times from midfield. For those who do not know, the advantageous decision is to go for. It. Fisher also left the starters in way too long, foolishly risking injury late into the game.

The special teams were excellent, including a great punt return by Greg Reid and excellent kick coverage all day.

Stay with TomahawkNation.com for all your FSU coverage as we will have much more throughout the weekend.

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