N.C. State, now 3-1, had a balanced scoring attack against Atlantic Coast Conference foe Seminoles.
Ryan Finley passed for 231 yards and a touchdown for N.C. State.
The Indianapolis Colts plan to start Jacoby Brissett this weekend over week one starter Scott Tolzien.
Richardson was suspended for two games for an incident that coach Dave Doeren previously said took place in the spring.
The Wolfpack play host to Furman in a breather before things get tough at Florida State the following week.
The two games Tar Heels fans care about are scheduled for February 8 in Chapel Hill and March 3 in Durham.
Phillips tweeted later Monday that he would “be back, even better than before.”
State cut the lead to 7 on a 1-yard TD catch and had two chances to tie the game late in the fourth quarter.
Stevens has 22 starts over the past two seasons.
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