Just when the Florida State Seminoles were making headway toward building a national championship resume, the North Carolina State Wolfpack shattered their dreams with a 17-16 victory.
Down by six points with under a minute to play, N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon completed a two-yard touchdown pass to Shadrach Thornton to give the Wolfpack the lead.
The scoring play capped a game-winning, 12-play, 43-yard drive that took only two minutes and 11 seconds.
Florida State's normally potent offense was unable to get anything going in this game, a major surprise considering the Seminoles were averaging 51 points per game.
FSU failed to score a single point in the second half.
Heisman candidate E.J. Manuel completed 17-of-29 passes for 218 yards, throwing for one touchdown and one interception.
On the ground, Chris Thompson dominated the Wolfpack, rushing for 141 yards on 25 carries, but it didn't amount to much over the course of the game.
The Seminoles defense was solid in the loss, but its inability to stop the pass was the difference, especially during the final drive.
N.C. State's Glennon completed 30-of-55 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns.
The Seminoles came into this game ranked No. 3 in the nation, but that will surely change after this stunning loss, which could well have ended FSU's national title hopes.
Florida State was one of three Top-5 teams to lose on Saturday, joining No. 4 LSU, which lost 14-6 to Florida, and No. 5 Georgia, which lost 35-7 to South Carolina.
From his Twitter account, Miami Hurricanes mascot Sebastian the Ibis gloated a bit after the result of this game was final.
A member of the Oakland Athletics organization, Ryan Mathews celebrated the victory of his former school.
WOLFPACK NATION STAND UP!!! @packfootball over FSU!!!— Ryan Mathews (@RMath13) October 7, 2012
A Florida alum, Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety, Ahmad Black, laughed at the thought that the Seminoles were considered a national title contender.
bahahahahahaha FSU in the ship??? NOT!!!— Ahmad Black (@ahmadblack35) October 7, 2012
ESPN's Twitter page stated the obvious theme for Top Five teams on Saturday.
It was not safe to be a Top-5 team today. No. 5 Georgia, No. 4 LSU,and No. 3 FSU all lost. #UpsetSaturday— ESPN (@espn) October 7, 2012
Thanks to Bleacher Report's Twitter account, we know what a real celebration looks like.
A large NC State fan celebrates by swinging his shirt above his head. GIF: ble.ac/WBhJLF— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 7, 2012