Mike Norvell identifies major issue in Florida State's disappointing loss to North Carolina State
Florida State struggled offensively in its 28-14 loss to North Carolina State on Saturday afternoon.
The Seminoles were specifically bad on third down, which is something coach Mike Norvell identified in his postgame press conference. FSU converted just 2-of-16 third down chances.
That kept Florida State from getting any closer than seven points away from the Wolfpack in the second half. A 14-point third quarter gave FSU a chance, but it wasn’t enough.
“I was pleased with the response our guys had in the second half,” Norvell told reporters after the game. “Unfortunately we weren’t able to finish it off in the fourth. Third downs really killed us tonight.”
Quarterback McKenzie Milton got the start in place of Jordan Travis, who reportedly has influenza. Milton completed 22-of-44 pass for 233 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. It was his first playing time since September.
Florida State’s defense was solid for much of the game, especially vs. the run. NC State managed just 2.3 yards per rush. But quarterback Devin Leary was able to get what he wanted and finished with 314 yards and 4 passing touchdowns on the night.
Florida State is now 3-6 and will need to win out in order to become bowl eligible. The Seminoles close out the year with Miami, Boston College and Florida.