Nov 26, 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA;  North Carolina State Wolfpack running back Zonovan Knight (7) is tackled after a run by North Carolina Tar Heels linebacker Cedric Gray (33) during the first half at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

News Articles

No. 20 NCSU keeps ACC championship hopes alive with wild comeback

Devin Leary threw two touchdown passes to Emeka Emezie in the final 1:35 as No. 20 North Carolina State pulled out a remarkable comeback to defeat visiting North Carolina 34-30 and keep alive its hopes for an Atlantic Coast Conference championship Saturday night in Raleigh, N.C.

Leary’s 64-yard scoring pass to Emezie gave the Wolfpack a shot. Then kicker Christopher Dunn recovered his own onside kick. After a pair of 15-yard penalties on the Tar Heels, NC State converted that into a 24-yard scoring play between Leary and Emezie with 1:09 left.

The game ended on an interception by Derrek Pitts in the end zone.

NC State (9-3, 6-2) still needs a Wake Forest loss Saturday at Boston College in order to secure the Atlantic Division’s berth in next weekend’s ACC championship game opposite Pittsburgh in Charlotte, N.C.

Leary had four touchdown throws and 247 passing yards. The Wolfpack completed an undefeated home schedule for the first time since 1986.

North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell, a junior who missed a game for the first time in his career last week to recuperate from an injury, ran for two touchdowns and passed for another.

North Carolina (6-6, 3-5) appeared in good shape after Grayson Atkins’ third field goal, a 50-yarder with 2:12 to play and the Wolfpack with just one timeout left. That made it 30-21.

The Tar Heels were trying to guarantee a third straight winning season since the return of coach Mack Brown in his second stint as the team’s coach. Running back British Brooks gained 124 rushing yards and Howell picked up 98 yards on the ground to go with 147 passing yards.

The Wolfpack pulled within 24-21 in the final minute of the third quarter on a 26-yard pass play from Leary to Thayer Thomas.

North Carolina scored 24 straight points across the second and third quarters for a 24-14 lead.

It began with Atkins’ 22-yard field goal. Howell ran in from 4 yards out with 2:02 remaining in the first half.

Howell ran for a 12-yard touchdown in the third quarter, giving the Tar Heels their first lead of the game. Howell’s pass to Justin Olson for 17 yards on North Carolina’s next possession extended the advantage.

It also marked touchdowns on three consecutive possessions for North Carolina, which punted at the end of four of its first five possessions.

During that stretch, the Wolfpack had a missed field goal on Dunn’s 50-yard attempt, a fumble and a punt.

NC State broke out on top, scoring less than 90 seconds into the game when C.J. Riley returned a blocked punt for a touchdown.

It was 14-0 after Trent Pinnix caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Leary later in the first quarter.

–Field Level Media

Field Level Media
Sport Writer & Editor
FLM has a North American focus while tying into regional and hyper-local resources – providing the ability to distribute compelling content through the writing of professional journalists. As the U.S. sports content provider to dozens of digital and print media publishers through strategic partnerships with the likes of Reuters and Nielsen Sports, FLM covers the nuts and bolts with a breaking news desk and game event coverage.

Sportsbooks

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Rated 5/5

Upcoming Games

Sep 24th, 12:00 PM

Missouri +6.5 -110

Auburn -6.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 12:00 PM

Kent State +44 -110

Georgia (1) -44 -110

@

Sep 24th, 12:00 PM

Bowling Green +30.5 -110

Mississippi State -30.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 12:00 PM

Duke +8 -110

Kansas -8 -110

@

Sep 24th, 12:00 PM

TCU -2.5 -110

SMU +2.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 12:00 PM

Baylor (17) -1 -110

Iowa State +1 -110

@

Sep 24th, 12:00 PM

USF +14 -110

Louisville -14 -110

@

Sep 24th, 12:00 PM

Rhode Island +34.5 -128

Pittsburgh (24) -34.5 -128

@

Sep 24th, 12:00 PM

Clemson (5) -7.5 -110

Wake Forest (21) +7.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 12:00 PM

Maryland +17 -110

Michigan (4) -17 -110

@

Sep 24th, 12:00 PM

Central Michigan +26.5 -110

Penn State (14) -26.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 12:00 PM

Buffalo +3.5 -110

Eastern Michigan -3.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 2:00 PM

UCLA -21 -110

Colorado +21 -110

@

Sep 24th, 2:00 PM

Massachusetts +9.5 -110

Temple -9.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 2:00 PM

Fordham +18.5 -128

Ohio -18.5 -128

@

Sep 24th, 3:30 PM

Florida (20) +7.5 -110

Tennessee (11) -7.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 3:30 PM

Texas (22) -4.5 -110

Texas Tech +4.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 3:30 PM

Middle Tennessee +26.5 -110

Miami-FL (25) -26.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 3:30 PM

Notre Dame +2.5 -110

North Carolina -2.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 3:30 PM

Minnesota +1 -110

Michigan State -1 -110

@

Sep 24th, 3:30 PM

Indiana +14 -110

Cincinnati -14 -110

@

Sep 24th, 3:30 PM

Toledo -2 -110

San Diego State +2 -110

@

Sep 24th, 3:30 PM

North Texas +13 -110

Memphis -13 -110

@

Sep 24th, 3:30 PM

Texas Southern +43 -128

UTSA -43 -128

@

Sep 24th, 3:30 PM

James Madison +7.5 -110

Appalachian State -7.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 3:30 PM

Florida International (FIU) +27 -110

WKU -27 -110

@

Sep 24th, 4:00 PM

Tulsa +20.5 -110

Ole Miss (16) -20.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 4:00 PM

Oregon (15) -6 -110

Washington State +6 -110

@

Sep 24th, 4:00 PM

Georgia Tech +18 -110

UCF -18 -110

@

Sep 24th, 4:00 PM

Sacramento State -3.5 -128

Colorado State +3.5 -128

@

Sep 24th, 5:30 PM

Arizona +4 -110

California -4 -110

@

Sep 24th, 6:00 PM

Rice +17 -110

Houston -17 -110

@

Sep 24th, 6:00 PM

Akron +25.5 -110

Liberty -25.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 6:00 PM

Navy +18.5 -110

East Carolina -18.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 6:00 PM

Ball State +9.5 -110

Georgia Southern -9.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 6:00 PM

Arkansas State +3 -110

Old Dominion -3 -110

@

Sep 24th, 7:00 PM

Arkansas (10) +2.5 -110

Texas A&M (23) -2.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 7:00 PM

NIU +24.5 -110

Kentucky (8) -24.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 7:00 PM

Iowa -7.5 -110

Rutgers +7.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 7:00 PM

UNLV -3 -110

Utah State +3 -110

@

Sep 24th, 7:00 PM

Southern Miss +12 -110

Tulane -12 -110

@

Sep 24th, 7:00 PM

Houston Baptist +22.5 -128

Texas State -22.5 -128

@

Sep 24th, 7:00 PM

LA Tech +13 -110

South Alabama -13 -110

@

Sep 24th, 7:00 PM

Marshall -4.5 -110

Troy +4.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 7:30 PM

Vanderbilt +38 -110

Alabama (2) -38 -110

@

Sep 24th, 7:30 PM

New Mexico +31 -110

LSU -31 -110

@

Sep 24th, 7:30 PM

Charlotte +23 -110

South Carolina -23 -110

@

Sep 24th, 7:30 PM

UCONN +38 -110

NC State (12) -38 -110

@

Sep 24th, 7:30 PM

Miami-OH +6.5 -110

Northwestern -6.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 7:30 PM

Wisconsin +17 -110

Ohio State (3) -17 -110

@

Sep 24th, 7:30 PM

Florida Atlantic +18 -110

Purdue -18 -110

@

Sep 24th, 8:00 PM

Kansas State +13 -110

Oklahoma (6) -13 -110

@

Sep 24th, 8:00 PM

Boston College +16.5 -110

Florida State -16.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 8:00 PM

Hawaii +2.5 -110

New Mexico State -2.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 8:00 PM

Louisiana-Lafayette -12 -110

Louisiana-Monroe +12 -110

@

Sep 24th, 9:30 PM

USC (7) -12.5 -110

Oregon State +12.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 10:15 PM

Wyoming +21.5 -110

BYU (19) -21.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 10:30 PM

Utah (13) -14 -110

Arizona State +14 -110

@

Sep 24th, 10:30 PM

Stanford +13.5 -110

Washington (18) -13.5 -110

@

Sep 24th, 10:30 PM

Western Michigan +3.5 -110

San Jose State -3.5 -110

@

Sep 29th, 8:00 PM

Utah State

BYU (19)

@

Sep 30th, 7:00 PM

Tulane

Houston

@

Sep 30th, 7:30 PM

UTSA

Middle Tennessee

@

Sep 30th, 8:00 PM

San Diego State

Boise State

@

Sep 30th, 10:30 PM

Washington (18)

UCLA

@

Sep 30th, 11:00 PM

New Mexico

UNLV

@

Oct 1st, 12:00 PM

Eastern Washington

Florida (20)

@

Oct 1st, 12:00 PM

Kentucky (8)

Ole Miss (16)

@

Oct 1st, 12:00 PM

South Carolina State

South Carolina

@

Oct 1st, 12:00 PM

Texas Tech

Kansas State

@

Oct 1st, 12:00 PM

Louisville

Boston College

@

Oct 1st, 12:00 PM

Michigan (4)

Iowa

@

Oct 1st, 12:00 PM

Purdue

Minnesota

@

Oct 1st, 12:00 PM

Illinois

Wisconsin

@

Oct 1st, 12:00 PM

Georgia State

Army

@

Oct 1st, 12:00 PM

Navy

Air Force

@

Oct 1st, 12:00 PM

Temple

Memphis

@

Oct 1st, 1:30 PM

Texas State

James Madison

@

Oct 1st, 2:00 PM

Oregon State

Utah (13)

@

Oct 1st, 2:00 PM

Massachusetts

Eastern Michigan

@

Oct 1st, 2:00 PM

NIU

Ball State

@

Oct 1st, 3:30 PM

Alabama (2)

Arkansas (10)

@

Oct 1st, 3:30 PM

Iowa State

Kansas

@

Oct 1st, 3:30 PM

Michigan State

Maryland

@

Oct 1st, 3:30 PM

Rutgers

Ohio State (3)

@

Oct 1st, 3:30 PM

Northwestern

Penn State (14)

@

Oct 1st, 3:30 PM

Fresno State

UCONN

@

Oct 1st, 3:30 PM

SMU

UCF

@

Oct 1st, 3:30 PM

Central Michigan

Toledo

@

Oct 1st, 3:30 PM

Bowling Green

Akron

@

Oct 1st, 3:30 PM

Miami-OH

Buffalo

@

Oct 1st, 3:30 PM

Ohio

Kent State

@

Oct 1st, 3:30 PM

The Citadel

Appalachian State

@

Oct 1st, 3:30 PM

Gardner-Webb

Marshall

@

Oct 1st, 3:33 PM

Oklahoma State (9)

Baylor (17)

@

Oct 1st, 3:33 PM

Oklahoma (6)

TCU

@

Oct 1st, 3:33 PM

West Virginia

Texas (22)

@

Oct 1st, 3:33 PM

NC State (12)

Clemson (5)

@

Oct 1st, 3:33 PM

Wake Forest (21)

Florida State

@

Oct 1st, 3:33 PM

Virginia Tech

North Carolina

@

Oct 1st, 3:33 PM

Georgia Tech

Pittsburgh (24)

@

Oct 1st, 4:00 PM

Texas A&M (23)

Mississippi State

@

Oct 1st, 4:00 PM

Georgia Southern

Coastal Carolina

@

Oct 1st, 4:00 PM

Florida Atlantic

North Texas

@

Oct 1st, 5:00 PM

Wagner

Syracuse

@

Oct 1st, 5:00 PM

South Alabama

Louisiana-Lafayette

@

Oct 1st, 5:30 PM

California

Washington State

@

Oct 1st, 6:00 PM

Liberty

Old Dominion

@

Oct 1st, 6:00 PM

New Hampshire

Western Michigan

@

Oct 1st, 6:00 PM

UTEP

Charlotte

@

Oct 1st, 7:00 PM

LSU

Auburn

@

Oct 1st, 7:00 PM

East Carolina

USF

@

Oct 1st, 7:00 PM

Cincinnati

Tulsa

@

Oct 1st, 7:00 PM

Louisiana-Monroe

Arkansas State

@

Oct 1st, 7:00 PM

Troy

WKU

@

Oct 1st, 7:30 PM

Georgia (1)

Missouri

@

Oct 1st, 7:30 PM

Virginia

Duke

@

Oct 1st, 7:30 PM

Indiana

Nebraska

@

Oct 1st, 7:30 PM

San Jose State

Wyoming

@

Oct 1st, 7:30 PM

UAB

Rice

@

Oct 1st, 8:00 PM

Florida International (FIU)

New Mexico State

@

Oct 1st, 9:30 PM

Colorado

Arizona

@

Oct 1st, 10:30 PM

Arizona State

USC (7)

@

Oct 1st, 11:00 PM

Stanford

Oregon (15)

@