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Seminoles Finish Strong, Top N.C. State 27-10
Florida State coach Bobby Bowden watches the action during the second quarter. (AP Photo/Phil Coale)

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden watches the action during the second quarter. (AP Photo/Phil Coale)

Oct. 6, 2007

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    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Michael Ray Garvin's 43-yard interception return for a touchdown snapped a halftime tie and sparked Florida State to a 27-10 win Saturday over North Carolina State for its fourth straight win.

    A track All American who finished sixth in the 100 meters at the NCAA finals and ran a leg on Florida State's championship 400-meter relay team, Garvin gave Florida State a 17-10 lead early in the third quarter with his first interception of the season.

    Daniel Evans, who threw three TD passes in N.C. State's 24-20 victory last year over the Seminoles, was intercepted three times Saturday -- once at the end of the half that killed a Wolfpack drive that had reached Florida State's 26.

    Xavier Lee, making his first start of the season at quarterback, ran 2 yards for the Seminoles first touchdown 2:11 into the game, three plays after a 58-yard pass to Greg Carr on the game's first play. Carr later caught a 40-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to give the Seminoles a 24-10 lead.

    while the 6-6 Carr caught 4 passes for 140 yards.

    The Seminoles (4-1,1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) snapped a string of eight straight losses against Atlantic Division rivals while N.C. State has now lost a dozen straight game against Bowl Subdivision (formerly 1-A) schools.

    Although N.C. State (1-5, 0-3 ACC) led 10-7 in the first quarter, it was again plagued by four turnovers -- boosting its number to 21 in coach Tom O'Brien's first year at the school.

    It was Florida State coach Bobby Bowden's 370th career coaching win, the most in major college football.

    It was an emotional game for Seminole assistant coach Chuck Amato, who returned to Bowden's side earlier this year after he was fired by his N.C. State alma mater last November following seven seasons as head coach.

    One of the players Amato recruited, sophomore running back Jamelle Eugene, ran for 101 yards on 14 carries and caught 5 passes for another 30 yards to lead the Wolfpack offense.

    The game was delayed late in the third quarter for 49 minutes because of a lightning threat. Florida State led 17-10 when the players were removed from the field.

    ACC sideline official, Ernest Benson, fainted on the sideline in the second quarter and was taken to a local hospital where he was treated for dehydration and released.

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