The Seminoles (8-4) were inept most of the night, but they took advantage of John Brantley’s first-half mistakes and later knocked the senior quarterback out for good.
Florida State sealed its second consecutive win in the once-revered series when Terrance Parks intercepted a pass by Jacoby Brissett in the fourth quarter and returned it 29 yards for a score, which sent many of the 90,798 fans on hand scrambling for the exits.
The Gators (6-6) avoided their first shutout since 1988 when Brissett found Quinton Dunbar for a 6-yard score with 4:16 remaining.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE 56, MARYLAND 41
In Raleigh, N.C., Mike Glennon threw for a career-high five touchdowns, ran for another score and led North Carolina State’s rally from 27 points down in the second half to beat Maryland.
James Washington ran 1 yard for the go-ahead score with 7:08 left for the Wolfpack (7-5, 4-4).
They trailed 41-14 with 6 minutes left in the third quarter before reeling off five consecutive touchdown drives during the second-biggest comeback in ACC history – and a victory that might have been more shocking than last week’s upset of then-No. 7 Clemson.
The Wolfpack scored 35 points in the fourth quarter.
C.J. Brown rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another for Maryland (2-10, 1-7), which lost its last seven games under first-year coach Randy Edsall. Davin Meggett’s 6-yard scoring run in the third quarter gave the Terrapins their biggest lead.
NORTH CAROLINA 37, DUKE 21
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Dwight Jones had three touchdown catches while redshirt freshman Giovani Bernard ran for a season-high 165 yards and a score to help North Carolina beat Duke.
Jones finished with 10 catches for 101 yards to set a school single-season record for receptions, while Bernard had a season-high 30 carries and finished with 222 total yards to lead the Tar Heels (7-5, 3-5).
Bryn Renner also threw for 274 yards and tied a school single-season record for TD passes, helping the Tar Heels beat the Blue Devils (3-9, 1-7) for the eighth consecutive year.
North Carolina capitalized on four turnovers, getting a pair of field goals and Jones’ 8-yard scoring catch midway through the fourth quarter.