RALEIGH, N.C. – Deondre Francois threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to Travis Rudolph with 3:09 left to help No. 19 Florida State rally to beat North Carolina State 24-20 on Saturday night.
Francois threw for 330 yards while Dalvin Cook ran for a touchdown on an otherwise quiet night for the Seminoles (6-3, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who never led until the final minutes.
The Seminoles then came up with a final stop, forcing Ryan Finley to overthrow Nyheim Hines on fourth down after the Wolfpack (4-5, 1-4) had driven near the red zone with about 2 minutes left.
Hines had a career-best 11 catches for 124 yards for the Wolfpack while Matt Dayes ran for 104 yards. But the Wolfpack didn't do enough to finish off the Seminoles when there were chances, most notably when Shawn Boone dropped a sure interception in the end zone one play before Rudolph's winning score.
Next up the Seminoles will have a rare Friday home game, when they take on Boston College. With a win the Seminoles would improve to 7-0 against the Eagles under Jimbo Fisher.