Originally created 09/13/98

N.C. State shocks Florida State



RALEIGH, N.C. -- Florida State has made passing and catching -- one of the harder things to do on a consistent basis -- look easy the last decade. It became brutally difficult for the second-ranked Seminoles on Saturday.

North Carolina State, a 25-point underdog, threw more than a scare into No. 2 Florida State this time around, stunning the Seminoles 24-7 for the program's biggest upset in 31 years.

"To go out there and hold that offensive football team to seven points, that's miraculous, that is miraculous," said N.C. State coach Mike O'Cain, the upset easily the biggest win of his six-year career.

"Nobody gave us a dog's chance of coming in here and winning this football game -- not a prayer," O'Cain added. "In fact it was going to be a 30-point game or whatever the heck it was. We have a great university here that nobody has heard about. I believe they heard about N.C. State today."

Torry Holt, who caught five touchdowns against the Seminoles last season in a 48-35 loss, burned Florida State again, scoring on a 68-yard punt return and a 63-yard pass from Jamie Barnette with 9:31 left that sealed it for the Wolfpack.

"He hurt us again bad, he sure did," Florida State coach Bobby Bowden said. "He made the plays that beat us -- he and that quarterback."

N.C. State (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) last beat a team ranked as high in 1967, defeating second-ranked Houston 16-6 on the road with the so-called "White Shoes" defense.