No. 1 Florida St. 77, N. Carolina St. 17
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Danny Kanell passed for four touchdowns by halftime and Warrick Dunn scored three times in the second quarter Saturday as top-ranked Florida State raced to a 77-17 victory over fumbling North Carolina State.
The Seminoles (3-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) rolled to a 42-14 halftime lead and cruised to their 27th straight league victory.
The 77 points by Florida State was a school record. The Seminoles are averaging 64 points a game.
North Carolina State (1-2, 0-2 ACC) lost four fumbles in the first half. The Wolfpack lost two more fumbles in the fourth quarter leading to two more Florida State touchdowns by freshman tailback Dee Feaster.
Tremayne Stephens scored on a 12-yard run and Jimmy Grissett teamed up with Terry Harvey on an 80-yard touchdown pass for the Wolfpack’s first-half touchdowns. Marc Primanti added a 45-yard field goal with 3:34 left in the game.
Although the Wolfpack were able to move the ball early in the game, they couldn’t slow down Florida State’s ``lightning″ offense, and the fumbles made things even worse for N.C. State.
Dunn scored on a 40-yard run and TD passes from Kanell covering 10 and 12 yards. Dunn finished with 101 yards on nine carries, and has gained 405 yards on just 30 carries this season for a 13.5 average.
Kanell also threw a pair of first-half touchdows to Andre Cooper on plays covering 12 and 24 yards. Kanell threw a fifth TD pass to equal his career high early in the third period when he connected with E.G. Green on a play covering 14 yards.
Green then teamed with Thad Busby on a 63-yard scoring pass as the Seminoles increased their lead to 56-14 after three quarters. Busby lobbed a 3-yard scoring pass to Cooper two minutes into the fourth quarter as the Seminoles made it 63-14.
Kanell, who left the game just five minutes into the second half, completed 28 of 32 passes for 310 yards. His 87.5 completion percentage set a school record.
Scott Bentley, who kicked 11 straight extra points, missed a 42-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter.