The Wolfpack started off the second half with kicking the ball out of bounds, putting the Seminoles at midfield. FSU began marching down the football field, getting in field goal range, but quarterback E.J. Manuel was picked off by Terrell Manning after Rodney Smith failed to secure the football. NC State promptly went three-and-out however, as the Wolfpack haven't been able to move the ball against the FSU defense all game.
The Noles got the football back after Greg Reid nearly fumbled away the punt. The drive almost died right away, but somehow E.J. Manuel got out of a sure sack when the pocket collapsed and scrambled for 21 yards making defenders miss as he picked up the first down on 2nd and 14. The drive still stalled a few plays later and Dustin Hopkins missed a 51-yard field goal kicking into the wind.
During the Noles drive, golfer Jack Nicklaus who's nephew is freshman tight end Nick O'Leary, criticized the Noles offensive game plan a bit for not getting his nephew more involved, citing that the Noles run a lot of four receiver sets and don't use the tight end enough, citing O'Leary's ability to get yards after the catch.
NC State began their best drive of the day, moving down the football field on a few passes and assisted by a defensive penalty. Just as NC State got in scoring range however, Mike Glennon bobbled the shotgun snap and dropped the football as he was being sacked, which was recovered by the Noles defense killing yet another Wolfpack drive.