Florida State Football: Christian Ponder Fumbles Away ACC Championship Hopes

Daniel BrommerCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2010

RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 28:  Russell Wilson #16 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack runs with the ball against the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 28, 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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In a game that was seen by most as an absolute win as well as an easy win, the Wolfpack of North Carolina State had other reservations.

Russell Wilson and his squad pulled the upset over 16th-ranked Florida State and did so in dramatic fashion with Christian Ponder fumbling in the final minute on the goal line to seal an N.C. State victory.

The game started with Russell Wilson leading the offense down the field to make it 7-0, but then Ponder replied by leading his offense to 21 unanswered points giving the 'Noles a 21-7 halftime lead.

N.C. State exploded in the second half with Wilson headlining the comeback that eventually resulted in a huge victory. Florida State managed just three points in the second half.

In times like these, it's very easy to point the finger. So who is to blame for this colossal loss? All signs have to point to the quarterback.

Even though Ponder played quite possibly his best game all season throwing for 196 yards and a touchdown while adding two rushing touchdowns, his two fumbles were the key turning points to the emotional loss: especially when considering it was Ponder who fumbled on the final Seminoles offensive play of the night.

In his defense, it was Ty Jones who ran into him on the fake to cause the fumble, but the blame still rests with the quarterback. Then again the defense deserves much of the blame as well as the offensive line, which seemed to be penalized on every big Florida State play.

Wilson was sacked three times by Brandon Jenkins, Nigel Bradham and Markus White, and Bradham added a forced fumble in the game, but the Seminoles' defense could not stop Wilson on third down.

Wilson rushed for 69 yards and three touchdowns, proving why he is arguably the best quarterback in the country.

It will be back to the drawing board for the Seminoles now and with N.C. State holding the tie breaker in the Atlantic division, FSU can only hope that the Wolfpack can lose a couple more conference games in order for them to make their return to the ACC Championship.

They will need pieces to fall in place, but their record could very well be showing 7-1, instead of 6-2 had they taken care of business.