RALEIGH, N.C. — Russell Wilson threw a fourth-down touchdown pass to George Bryan with 2:40 left to help North Carolina State rally from a big halftime deficit and beat No. 16 Florida State 28-24 on Thursday night.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Russell Wilson threw a fourth-down touchdown pass to George Bryan with 2:40 left to help North Carolina State rally from a big halftime deficit and beat No. 16 Florida State 28-24 on Thursday night.

Wilson also ran for three scores for the Wolfpack (6-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who trailed 21-7 at the break before ending a three-game losing streak to the Seminoles (6-2, 4-1). With the win, N.C. State surpassed its victory total for last season while earning a key victory in a matchup of Atlantic Division contenders.

Trailing 24-21, the Wolfpack drove to the FSU 1-yard line and appeared to have a winning score within easy reach. But the Seminoles stopped Wilson on a pair of sneaks, then stuffed James Washington's leap over the line on third down. The Wolfpack appeared ready to kick a field goal, but called timeout and sent the offense back out on the field.

This time, Wilson rolled to his right on a play-action fake, then found Bryan alone near the back of the end zone for the 28-24 lead.

Still, Christian Ponder — who ran for a pair of scores and threw for one — nearly rallied the Seminoles, driving Florida State all the way to the N.C. State 4 in the final minute. But on what looked like a play-action fake, Ponder fumbled when tailback Ty Jones appeared to bump him as he ran by.

N.C. State linebacker Nate Irving pounced on the loose ball at the 9 with 48 seconds left, sealing a dramatic victory in a game that was statistically even much of the night.