Once again, Florida State's offense has struggled to find rhythm but their defense has been extremely good as the Seminoles are out to a 16-0 lead. The Florida State offense has missed a few chances, a missed pass here, a missed check there. But they have had success on the ground when they've managed to get out of their own way.
Chris Thompson is becoming one of the most dynamic backs Florida State has had in a while. I know EJ Manuel is the Heisman contender, but Thompson is much more explosive. Everytime Thompson touches the ball it's like he's being shot out of a cannon. He's already over 100 yards in the first half and he's taken a few hits, but if he keeps running like this it may behoove Florida State to just ride him the rest of the way.
I'd say Thompson is the most talented runner the Seminoles have had since at least Leon Washington.
On the line, Daniel Glauser has been in at right tackle some. The line and the backs and tight ends have had some issues with blitz pickups and pass pro, it's cost the Seminoles in a few places on offense.
Mostly, the Seminoles have struggled near the red zone, twice in the second quarter they failed to punch it in deep down in NC State territory. Dustin Hopkins is three for three, but Florida State needs touchdowns. Field goals let NC State hang around.
Defensively though, this is the kind of performance that fans were hoping for. The 'Noles have been swarming, their defensive line has been absolutely fearsome and they are keeping Mike Glennon and the NC State passing attack well under control.
In the second half the 'Noles need to keep it up on defense and just settle down on offense. The run game has been there, the passing game is there when the protection holds up. Florida State is in a good position as long as they keep their wits about them and keep playing their game.
Passing: EJ Manuel 11-15, 117, TD
Rushing: Chris Thompson 14-115
Receiving: Rashad Greene 4-44