Dec 30, 2022; Charlotte, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack linebacker Isaiah Moore (1) and linebacker Payton Wilson (11) stop Maryland Terrapins running back Roman Hemby (24) on fourth down during the first half in the 2022 Duke's Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Maryland knocks off No. 23 NC State in Mayo Bowl

Taulia Tagovailoa connected with Octavian Smith Jr. for the only touchdown of the game to give Maryland a 16-12 victory over No. 23 NC State in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl on Friday afternoon in Charlotte, N.C.

Tagovailoa completed 19 of 37 throws for 221 yards with two interceptions, reaching 665 career completions to set a program record. Roman Hemby ran for 65 yards for Maryland (8-5), which had its first eight-win season since 2010 and earned bowl wins in consecutive years for the first time since 2002-03.

It marked the second straight winning season for the Terrapins’ Mike Locksley, who agreed to be dumped in a celebratory “mayo bath” as the winning coach.

NC State’s Christopher Dunn, the 2022 Lou Groza Award winner as the top placekicker in college football, went 4-for-4 on field goals to account for all of his team’s points. The Maryland defense held the Wolfpack to just 27 rushing yards on 18 attempts.

NC State (8-5) took over with 2:34 to play and no timeouts, but Jakorian Bennett intercepted Ben Finley on the first play of the drive to put the game on ice. Finley went 22-for-48 for 269 yards and two picks.

The Terrapins reached the NC State 1-yard line on their opening possession, but they turned it over on downs.

Finley was intercepted by Fa’Najae Gotay on the Wolfpack’s first possession for great field position, but Tagovailoa floated a pass to the end zone that Cyrus Fagan intercepted.

NC State scored first on the ensuing drive via Dunn’s 38-yarder. Maryland responded with Smith’s 41-yard kickoff return after initially muffing the ball, and Chad Ryland tied the game 3-3 with a 42-yard field goal.

Tagovailoa hit a backpedaling Smith on third and long for a 19-yard touchdown, making it 10-3 Maryland with 8:07 before halftime.

The Wolfpack reached first and goal at Maryland’s 2-yard line but were kept out of the end zone. Dunn chipped in a 19-yarder and added a 38-yard field goal before the half to make it 10-9.

Ryland’s 33-yard kick on the Terrapins’ first possession of the second half pushed it to 13-9. The teams traded punts until Rakeim Ashford intercepted Tagovailoa in Maryland territory, leading to Dunn’s 26-yard field goal.

But Maryland went 48 yards in the next 3:47 and Ryland made it a four-point game again by drilling a 45-yarder.

–Field Level Media

Oct 15, 2022; Syracuse, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange running back Sean Tucker (34) tries to move past North Carolina State Wolfpack cornerback Derrek Pitts Jr. (24) in the second quarter at JMA Wireless Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

No. 18 Syracuse remains undefeated with 24-9 win over No. 15 NC State

Garrett Shrader and Oronde Gadsden II hooked up for two touchdowns in front of a raucous home crowd Saturday as No. 18 Syracuse defeated 15th-ranked North Carolina State 24-9 to remain undefeated.

Sean Tucker ran for 98 yards and a touchdown for the Orange (6-0, 3-0 ACC), while Shrader finished 16 of 25 with two TDs and two INTs. Gadsden racked up 141 yards on eight catches as Syracuse outgained NC State 389-255.

Jack Chambers went 18 of 30 for 160 yards without a touchdown or an interception for NC State (5-2, 1-2). The Wolfpack played without starting quarterback Devin Leary, who suffered a season-ending injury during last week’s game against Florida State.

Chambers also led the visitors with 58 rushing yards in this one, while teammate Jordan Houston had 44 rushing yards on 12 attempts.

The first touchdown pass from Shrader to Gadsden was a 12-yard strike just over two minutes into the game. The teams then exchanged punts before the Wolfpack got on the board on a 20-yard field goal by Christopher Dunn.

The offenses quieted down for a while from there, as the only scoring of the second quarter was a 22-yard field goal by Syracuse’s Andre Szmyt.

The third quarter featured a 42-yard field goal by Dunn to get NC State within 10-6 midway through the period. But the Orange answered on the following possession, marching 78 yards in 13 plays, capped by a 17-yard TD connection from Shrader to Gadsden.

The Wolfpack then took 9 1/2 minutes off the clock, bridging the final two quarters, in a marathon 18-play drive that ended with Dunn’s 36-yard field goal. That made it a 17-9 game with 6:58 to go.

However, the hosts sealed the outcome with a 25-yard rushing touchdown by Tucker, who sprinted untouched down the left sideline to keep the Orange unblemished on the season.

Chambers drove the Wolfpack into the red zone on the game’s final possession, but his fourth-down pass was incomplete as the final buzzer sounded.

–Field Level Media

Sep 10, 2022; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback Jack Chambers (14) runs the ball during the second half against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Defense on display as No. 18 Syracuse hosts No. 15 NC State

The two best defenses in the Atlantic Coast Conference will be on display Saturday when No. 18 Syracuse hosts No. 15 North Carolina State.

The surprising Orange (5-0, 2-0) have the top-ranked defense in the conference, allowing 271.6 yards per game. The Wolfpack (5-1, 1-1) aren’t far behind at 297.8 yards per game, setting up an intriguing matchup between two tough squads.

They also rank 1-2 in scoring defense.

“This is 15 rounds. Heavyweight,” said Syracuse coach Dino Babers. “There’s going to be some slugging. There’ll be some shots. You’re going to get hit hard and how you handle that is going to affect the game. That’s for everyone that’s out there on the football field. It’ll be a physical contest.”

Both teams have been impressive on offense, as well. Syracuse is averaging 38.4 points, punctuated by a 59-0 rout of FCS foe Wagner in their last contest. The Orange were so dominant that the teams agreed to go to 10-minute quarters in the second half with Syracuse up 49-0 at intermission.

NC State, meanwhile, is averaging 30.5 points on the season. The Wolfpack are coming off their lowest offensive total in a 19-17 home win over Florida State, although the team lost quarterback Devin Leary to an arm injury in the third quarter and had to rely on backup Jack Chambers to pull out the close victory.

Chambers threw only one pass in relief of Leary but guided three drives that resulted in field goals as the Wolfpack rallied from a 17-3 deficit. They trailed 17-10 when Chambers entered the game and the three field goals proved to be enough.

“How about Jack Chambers?” NC State coach Dave Doeren said. “I mean, unbelievable. He’ll be a fan favorite forever now, right? Nobody knew him. They’re going to know him now.”

Chambers contributed 39 rushing yards as part of a 182-yard rushing performance for the Wolfpack. Jordan Houston led the way with 90 yards on the ground and paced receivers with two catches for 41 yards.

It wasn’t clear as of Tuesday whether Chambers or Leary will be under center this weekend.

For Syracuse, on the other hand, Saturday’s signal-caller definitely will be Garrett Shrader, who went 17 of 17 for 238 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Wagner. He also chipped in a rushing score, his fifth of the season to go along with his 10 passing TDs and only one interception.

“He’s made himself very dangerous,” Babers said of Shrader. “You have to pick your poison … with the guys that he has around him. He’s taken advantage of his situation and he’s playing at a very, very high level.”

The teams have met 15 times previously with the Wolfpack earning 13 victories, including each of the past three years. Last season’s matchup was a 41-17 pounding as Leary threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns.

Shrader was 8 of 20 for 63 yards and an interception in that contest.

“There was a lot of complementary football there,” Doeren said after last year’s convincing win. “It’s pretty cool to be in a game where you score in all three phases of the game.”

–Field Level Media

Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei (5) hands off to running back Will Shipley (1) during the third quarter at Truist Field in Winston-Salem, North Carolina Saturday, September 24, 2022.

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No. 5 Clemson, No. 10 NC state meet in ACC showdown

Clemson has been in its share of high-stakes showdowns in recent years.

For the second consecutive week, the No. 5 Tigers will be matched with another nationally ranked Atlantic Coast Conference team.

This time, the stakes loom even larger as No. 10 North Carolina State visits for Saturday night’s clash at Clemson, S.C. Both teams hold 4-0 records, with Clemson 2-0 in ACC play and NC State preparing for its first league game.

Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren is calling the matchup the biggest in his 10 seasons with the team.

“It’s two top 10 teams competing on a national stage,” Doeren said. “That’s why we do this. The kids have worked hard. The staff has worked hard, and we expected to be in this position. We expected to be 4-0 going into Clemson. We look forward to playing a great team.”

As of Tuesday, the game remained on schedule despite the potential impact from Hurricane Ian, which is projected to make landfall in Florida late Wednesday night or early Thursday.

NC State hasn’t won at Clemson since 2002, when it last held a top 10 ranking.

Last season, the Wolfpack pulled out an overtime victory against the Tigers to snap an eight-game losing streak in the series.

Clemson will challenge NC State’s stout defense. The Tigers have 175 points this season, marking their highest total through four games under coach Dabo Swinney.

“Four games don’t make a season,” said Swinney, who saw his Clemson team post the least amount of points through four games during his tenure with 87 last season. “There’s a long way to go.”

Swinney has defended quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei through some past snafus. Based on last weekend’s double-overtime victory against reigning ACC Atlantic Division champion Wake Forest, Uiagalelei can hold his own.

“I know how talented this kid is,” Swinney said. “This is not theory. It’s not some pie in the sky. I’ve watched him. I just have a belief in him. After four games, if you don’t recognize this kid’s special ability, then you’re blind.”

Swinney’s teams are 100-20 against ACC competition.

The Wolfpack defeated top 10 Clemson teams in 1987, 1988 and 2011. This is the first meeting with both teams in the top 10 and only the fifth matchup with both teams ranked.

“We’re going to embrace the opportunity being there,” Doeren said. “We know a lot comes with it. I think it’s something to celebrate, for sure. It’s not something to say we’ve arrived yet because the rankings at the end of the season matter a lot more than they do at the end of the fourth week.”

It’s the first time the Wolfpack have ever played in a game with both teams in the top 10. NC State has put together an experienced roster, counting on team veterans to hold it together in Death Valley.

“They can be calm in the midst of a storm and get guys to settle down if they need to,” Doeren said. “That experience is something that I value a lot because I’ve had teams that were the opposite.

This is NC State’s first road game since a one-point escape to open the season at East Carolina.

“We want to play confident, too,” Wolfpack linebacker Drake Thomas said. “We want to play with a little bit of swagger.”

NC State quarterback Devin Leary has thrown 60 touchdown passes this season, tying for fourth in the school’s career list.

Clemson running back Will Shipley is fourth in ACC rushing with an average of 88.3 yards per game. His seven touchdowns (all on rushing plays) share the conference lead.

This is NC State’s first visit to Clemson since 2018 because of the reconfigured 2020 schedule during the pandemic.

–Field Level Media

Sep 10, 2022; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback Devin Leary (13) runs  for a touchdown during the first half against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

After easy win, No. 16 NC State gets motivated Texas Tech

Up two spots to No. 16 this week, North Carolina State will aim for another win Saturday night at Raleigh, N.C., when it hosts a Texas Tech team coming off an emotional win.

Fans in Lubbock, Texas, rushed the field last weekend after the Red Raiders (2-0) beat then-No. 25 Houston 33-30 in double overtime. It was the first time since 1989 that Texas Tech had beaten a ranked nonconference opponent in the regular season.

Another ranked nonconference team awaits the Red Raiders in NC State (2-0). The Wolfpack enter after smashing Charleston Southern 55-3 when Wolfpack quarterback Devin Leary tied a program record by accounting for six touchdowns.

The Wolfpack and Red Raiders met three times between 1992 and 2003, with NC State winning all three games, but the teams haven’t played each other since. Yet there still will be some level of familiarity.

In 2003, current NC State head coach Dave Doeren was a defensive assistant and recruiting coordinator at Kansas, while Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire was a high school coach outside of Dallas at the time. Doeren was recruiting one of McGuire’s players, and the two coaches shared a meal.

“He had the best chicken fried steak and gravy that you’ve ever had,” Doeren said of McGuire’s hospitality. “I remember crushing that with him. He’s a good dude, and he’ll have his team ready to play.”

“We’ve been friends ever since,” McGuire said of Doeren. “He flew me to Wisconsin and I spoke at their clinic. … He was one of the first (people) to text me when I got this job. Just a class act.”

NC State allowed just three points to Charleston Southern last weekend. The Wolfpack will have one of their leaders back Saturday, as Doeren said captain and linebacker Payton Wilson is expected to play. Wilson left the Wolfpack’s season opener against East Carolina with an upper-body injury.

“(Wilson) feels really good and he’s in a good space,” Doeren said. “It gives us another really good athlete to play against a spread offense.”

Meanwhile, Texas Tech could be without a starter on the offensive line. McGuire said Weston Wright, who has 33 career starts at guard, sprained his ankle in the win over Houston. He will be a game-time decision, as will cornerback and kick returner Adrian Frye (quadriceps).

Red Raiders linebacker Krishon Merriweather (knee) is expected to play.

“With a 320-pound guy, sprains take a little bit longer, so we’ll see,” McGuire said. “(Wright) looked good today, but we won’t know anything until Friday.”

The two offenses are similar with dual-threat quarterbacks.

Leary rushed for two touchdowns and threw for four last weekend, while Donovan Smith of Texas Tech threw for 351 yards and two scores, while also rushing for the game-winning TD against Houston.

“When you face a team with an athletic quarterback, that’s always a major factor as you get closer and closer to the goal line,” Doeren said.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA North Carolina State Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren watches his team warm up prior to a game against the Louisville Cardinals at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit:

NC State coach Dave Doeren has salary boosted to $5M

NC State coach Dave Doeren had his contract formally extended one year through the 2026 season on Thursday.

According to published reports, Doeren’s annual salary will increase from $3.5 million to $5 million.

The university said that the contract was approved by the NC State Board of Trustees and the UNC System Board of Governors over the past few days.

“Dave continues to provide tremendous leadership for NC State Football and elevate the standards for our program,” athletic director Boo Corrigan said in a news release. “We continue to see competitive growth, academic growth and there is great continuity among our entire staff. Dave and Sara are deeply invested in both the NC State and Raleigh communities and we’re excited for even greater days ahead.”

The 50-year-old Doeren has a 64-49 record in nine seasons with the Wolfpack. He has the second-most victories in school history behind Earle Edwards, who went 77-88-8 from 1954-70.

The Wolfpack went 9-3 last season and qualified for the Holiday Bowl but the game wasn’t played when UCLA withdrew on the day of the game, citing a COVID-19 outbreak.

NC State has won eight or more games five times during Doeren’s tenure. He is the lone coach in school history with three nine-win seasons.

According to the News & Observer, performance clauses call for Doeren to receive a $50,000 bonus for eight wins, $100,000 for nine, $150,000 for 10, $200,000 for 11 and $250,000 for 12 or more.

“NC State is home for my entire family and I’m so grateful to Chancellor (Randy) Woodson and Boo Corrigan for their support and commitment to Wolfpack Football,” Doeren said in the news release. “We continue to build something special in Raleigh and I’m so excited about the future.”

All 10 Wolfpack assistant coaches received new agreements, according to the school.

–Field Level Media

Nov 11, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Sam Howell (7) warms up on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

No. 20 NC State faces disappointed UNC in role reversal

Roles have been reversed for North Carolina and No. 20 North Carolina State as the teams prepare for their regular-season finale.

It’s NC State in position to reach the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

The Wolfpack (8-3, 5-2 ACC) can land the Atlantic Division’s spot in the league championship game by defeating visiting North Carolina on Friday night in Raleigh, N.C., and if Boston College knocks off Wake Forest the following day.

“We put ourselves in a position,” NC State coach Dave Doeren said. “Now a chance to have a championship week. Senior Day and play our rival. A lot to play for.”

The season began with North Carolina (6-5, 3-4) holding a top-10 ranking and a favorite in the ACC’s Coastal Division.

It hasn’t panned out for the Tar Heels, but they can play spoiler against their rivals.

North Carolina played Saturday without quarterback Sam Howell, who was out with an upper-body injury. That didn’t stop the Tar Heels from thumping a one-win Wofford team in the home finale.

Howell, a junior who has been on a record-setting pace throughout his career, is expected to play against NC State.

“He feels like he’ll be well and ready to go Friday,” North Carolina coach Mack Brown said.

Reserves Jacolby Criswell and Drake Maye each played a half at quarterback in the Wofford game.

Either way, graduate transfer Ty Chandler gives North Carolina a rushing threat. The former Tennessee player eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark last week (1,004 yards, 13 TDs).

“(That’s) the goal we had for him when we took him as the only grad transfer,” Brown said. “He’s sure been worth it.”

NC State lost a Nov. 13 showdown at Wake Forest, but the Wolfpack bounced back into contention last week when the Demon Deacons lost to Clemson (and State socked Syracuse).

An NC State victory and Wake Forest loss would mean a three-way tie with Clemson (8-3, 6-2), in which case, the Wolfpack would win the tiebreaker because one of its losses was to a Coastal Division foe.

“We do control what happens (with us) if we get a win here this week,” Doeren said. “Obviously, we’ll be Boston College fans here this week.”

NC State has won nine consecutive home games.

“One of our goals was to be undefeated in ‘The Carter,’” Doeren said, referring to Carter-Finley Stadium. “Right now, we’re one game away from pulling that off. … That means a ton to our team.”

With everything at stake, Doeren said the Senior Day aspect might be as important as any factor.

“Seeing those guys in the locker room after the game, it’s going to be painful for them either way,” he said. “I want it to be where there’s that smile on their face after a win.”

North Carolina, which is 0-4 in road games, is bowl eligible for the third straight season under Brown, and consider that in his first go-round at UNC, his last six teams went bowling – so in a way, it’s a nine-season streak for the veteran coach.

The Tar Heels will be without defensive back Ja’Qurious Conley, who’s out with a lower-body injury suffered against Wofford. Conley is fourth on the team in tackles and has two interceptions.

NC State is the fourth nationally ranked opponent in a five-week stretch for North Carolina. The Tar Heels lost to Notre Dame and Pittsburgh and defeated Wake Forest.

North Carolina has won the past two meetings. The 41-10 decision in 2019 marked the largest victory ever for the Tar Heels in Raleigh. The road team has claimed six of the last eight matchups in the series.

–Field Level Media

Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Keyshawn Helton (6) tries to catch a pass. The North Carolina State Wolfpack lead the Florida State Seminoles 14-0 at the half Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.

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Devin Leary’s four passing TDs help No. 19 NC State dispatch Florida State

Devin Leary went 21-for-32 passing for 314 yards and four touchdowns and one interception to lead No. 19 North Carolina State to a 28-14 victory over host Florida State on Saturday in Atlantic Coast Conference play at Tallahassee, Fla.

Trent Pennix caught three passes for a team-high 97 yards and a touchdown, C.J. Riley caught three for 77 yards and a score, Ricky Person had two receptions for 50 yards and a touchdown and Christopher Toudle made four catches for 42 yards and a touchdown. Zonovan Knight rushed for 75 yards on 18 carries for the Wolfpack (7-2, 4-1 ACC), who outgained the Seminoles 400-271.

Trailing 14-0 at halftime, the Seminoles (3-6, 2-4) cut the lead in half when quarterback McKenzie Milton threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Keyshawn Helton to cap a seven-play, 51-yard drive less than three minutes into the third quarter.

After Leary countered with a 45-yard touchdown pass to Pennix on the Wolfpack’s ensuing possession, the Seminoles pulled to within 21-14 when Jashaun Corbin’s 3-yard touchdown run capped a nine-play, 75-yard drive with 6:29 left in the third quarter

Florida State had the ball with a chance to tie but turned the ball over on downs on its 43-yard line with just over eight minutes to play. After Leary threw two incomplete passes, he tossed a 43-yard touchdown pass to Person for a 28-14 lead with 7:53 remaining.

The Wolfpack opened the scoring when Leary threw a 62-yard touchdown pass to Riley for a 7-0 lead with 9:43 left in the first quarter.

NC State doubled its lead two minutes into the second quarter, when Leary threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Christopher Toudle to cap a six-play, 67-yard drive.

In the first half, the Wolfpack outgained the Seminoles 224-78, which included holding Florida State to minus-1 yard rushing on 13 carries.

Milton finished 22-of-44 passing for 233 yards with a touchdown and interception, and Corbin rushed for 33 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA;  North Carolina State Wolfpack tackle Ikem Ekwonu (79) blocks during the first half against the Louisville Cardinals at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

NC State downs Louisville, 28-13

Devin Leary threw four touchdown passes, including a go-ahead strike in the first minute of the fourth quarter, as North Carolina State defeated visiting Louisville 28-13 on Saturday night in Raleigh, N.C.

Leary was 25-for-36 for 317 yards through the air, helping overcome the Wolfpack’s rushing woes. The team picked up just 44 yards on the ground, though it had its fourth consecutive game without a turnover.

NC State (6-2, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) is trying to stay within range of unbeaten Wake Forest in the ACC’s Atlantic Division in advance of their Nov. 13 meeting.

Leary hit Trent Pennix, who didn’t have a defender in the vicinity, with a 29-yard pass on the second play of the fourth quarter for the Wolfpack’s first lead since the first quarter.

Louisville closed to within 14-13 on James Turner’s 31-yard field goal at the 9:51 mark.

Leary’s third TD throw of the game went to Devin Carter for 12 yards with 5:53 left.

Louisville (4-4, 2-3) failed to pick up a first down on its ensuing possession. Leary made the Cardinals pay with a 10-yard scoring toss to C.J. Riley.

Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham, who was the game’s top rusher with 76 yards on 18 carries, went 11-for-28 for 219 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Louisville finished with 215 rushing yards for the game.

NC State had only 205 yards of total offense through three quarters.

Turner put Louisville on top 10-7 with a 42-yard field goal to cap the first possession of the second half.

The offenses clicked at times early in the game.

After both teams drove deep into opposing territory and came up empty — the Wolfpack on a failed fourth-down run and Louisville on a missed 24-yard field goal — NC State struck first on Leary’s 19-yard pass to Emeka Emezie in the final minute of the first quarter.

Three plays later, Cunningham’s heave to Jordan Watkins, who broke free of the defense, resulted in a 76-yard touchdown on the last play of the first quarter.

NC State was in its first full game without linebacker Isaiah Moore, who suffered a season-ending knee injury a week earlier.

–Field Level Media