Sep 24, 2022; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA;  Connecticut Huskies quarterback Zion Turner (11) looks to pass during the first half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Devin Leary throws 4 TDs as NC State blows by UConn

Devin Leary threw four touchdown passes and No. 12 North Carolina State geared up for a showdown by rolling past visiting Connecticut 41-10 on Saturday night at Raleigh, N.C.

The Wolfpack (4-0) finished nonconference play and open their Atlantic Coast Conference schedule next Saturday at unbeaten Clemson.

NC State, which has played three consecutive home games, ironed out wrinkles in its passing attack with Leary completing 32 of 44 passes for 320 yards with one interception in slightly more than three quarters of action. Thayer Thomas made five catches for 115 yards.

Connecticut’s points came on Noe Ruelas’ 28-yard field goal on the last play of the first half and on Victor Rosa’s 11-yard run with 2:08 remaining. At the very least, the Huskies (1-4) avoided a second consecutive shutout.

NC State’s defense held Connecticut to 160 yards of total offense, with 70 of those coming on the late touchdown drive. Starting quarterback Zion Turner of the Huskies threw for 39 yards on 10-for-12 passing.

The outcome was never in doubt, with the Wolfpack scoring on the first snap of the game on Leary’s 75-yard pass play to Thomas.

On the next NC State possession, it took nine plays to cover 62 yards with Demie Sumo-Karngbaye running 20 yards for a touchdown.

In the second quarter, Leary made a 1-yard touchdown toss to Devin Carter and a 2-yard scoring pass to Keyon Lesane. He threw to Porter Rooks for a 4-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

NC State led 31-3 at halftime.

Two of the Wolfpack’s longest possessions in terms of snaps came on 11-play marches for field goals. Christopher Dunn was good from 48 yards late in the first quarter and Collin Smith was used for a 40-yarder early in the fourth quarter. Smith later missed from 47 yards.

Michael Allen rushed for 66 yards on 10 carries for the Wolfpack.

NC State improved to 3-0 all-time against the Huskies, also winning in 2003 and 2012.

–Field Level Media

Sep 17, 2022; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback Devin Leary (13) hands off to  running back Jordan Houston (3) during the first half against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

No. 12 NC State trying to avoid trap game vs. UConn

There’s lots to like for No. 12 North Carolina State after its most impressive result of the season.

Now it’s a matter of maintaining the proper focus for Saturday night’s home game against UConn in Raleigh, N.C.

After that, it could become much more interesting for the Wolfpack (3-0).

“The good thing for us is that there’s been enough of these examples out there this year in college football to point to where you don’t have to just talk about it,” coach Dave Doeren said of avoiding a trap game. “It seems like every week somebody is losing a game like that.”

The trap is set because this is NC State’s final outing before an Oct. 1 date at No. 5 Clemson.

UConn (1-3) has had a tough couple of weeks with a 48-14 home loss to Syracuse and a 59-0 whipping at No. 4 Michigan. It doesn’t get any easier with a matchup against another nationally ranked team.

“We have to find those hidden victories,” Huskies coach Jim Mora said of searching for positives. “The situation that we’re in, it’s important we concentrate on ourselves as we build this thing.”

The Wolfpack, fresh off a 27-14 victory against Texas Tech, are an overwhelming favorite against UConn.

“For us, I think this is a great opportunity to get better,” Doeren said. “We’ve really emphasized weekly improvement with our roster individually and collectively. We’ve identified areas with each player for them to focus on.”

NC State quarterback Devin Leary has spread the ball on scoring plays. The Wolfpack’s seven touchdown passes this season have gone to seven different players.

At other times, the Wolfpack haven’t been all that opportunistic on offense and seem to still be adjusting in the early weeks of the season.

“Sometimes the receivers are getting good separation, and we’re overthrowing them,” Doeren said. “Sometimes they’re not, and they’re in contact-catch situations. … You’re still seeing some young players and inexperienced players who just need to make the routine plays and execute at a little bit higher level.”

Defensively, Aydan White gained quite a bit of attention with two interceptions in the Texas Tech game. He returned one for a touchdown and became the first NC State cornerback with two picks in a game since 2014. He was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week.

UConn likely will be without running back Nate Carter, who suffered a shoulder sprain at Michigan. If running back Devontae Houston isn’t ready to return after missing the Michigan game, the Huskies are going to be hurting in the offensive backfield.

Mora said freshman Cam Edwards has switched from defensive back to running back to help shore up that area.

UConn managed just 24 passing yards in the Michigan game, marking the fewest the Huskies had in a game in October 2018.

“We’re trying to identify better ways to put players in position to have success, guys who are doing it the right way,” Mora said. “We’re trying to identify guys who aren’t doing it the right way and figure out why.”

The Huskies have received good defensive production from linebacker Jackson Mitchell. He has posted double-figure tackle totals in three games this season despite not playing in the fourth quarter against Michigan.

This is the third UConn-NC State meeting, with the Wolfpack winning in 2003 and 2012.

–Field Level Media

Sep 17, 2022; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback Devin Leary (13) hands off to  running back Jordan Houston (3) during the first half against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

No. 16 NC State hangs on to beat Texas Tech 27-14

Demie Sumo-Karngbaye piled up 147 yards from scrimmage and scored two touchdowns as No. 16 North Carolina State overcame some blown offensive chances to defeat Texas Tech 27-14 in Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday night.

Sumo-Karngbaye, who fumbled away a sure touchdown as he approached the end zone in the third quarter, later scored on a 38-yard pass from wide receiver Thayer Thomas, the second time the Wolfpack went to Thomas passing. In the first quarter, he had a 3-yard scoring toss wiped out by an ineligible lineman downfield penalty.

Defensive back Aydan White scored on an 84-yard interception return for the Wolfpack (3-0) and had one of the team’s four sacks of Texas Tech quarterback Donovan Smith. White also intercepted reserve quarterback Behren Morton in the final minute.

NC State led in total yards 353-270, although Wolfpack quarterback Devin Leary threw for just 121 yards on 15-of-23 completions. Jordan Houston led the team in rushing with 57 yards and Sumo-Karngbaye had 54 to go with 93 yards on four receptions.

Smith went 21-of-36 passing for 214 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He also rushed 3 yards for a score. Myles Price made four catches for 50 yards and a touchdown for Texas Tech (1-2).

The Red Raiders were trailing 20-7 and faced a fourth-and-8 at the Wolfpack 38 early in the fourth quarter. However, Smith managed only 3 yards rushing on the play, and immediately after taking over, NC State scored on Thayer’s toss to Sumo-Karngbaye.

The Red Raiders trailed 20-0 with 2:04 left in the first half but put together a quick drive, needing only four plays and 1:14 to cover 60 yards and get on the board. Smith found Price down the middle for a 24-yard touchdown.

The Wolfpack managed a pair of field goals by Christopher Dunn from 29 and 47 yards in the first quarter. They extended their lead to 13-0 on Sumo-Karngbaye’s 14-yard touchdown run with 10:13 left in the first half.

Then, as Texas Tech began to show some life, driving to the NC State 28, the Wolfpack defense struck. On a fourth-and-1 play, White picked off Smith at the 16-yard line and raced untouched for a 20-0 lead.

The Red Raiders lost outside linebacker Bryce Ramirez to a left leg injury late in the first quarter. He appeared to have his lower leg pinned to the ground and his body fell backward when he collided with teammates in trying to make a tackle. He was carted off the field and taken to the hospital.

–Field Level Media

Sep 3, 2022; Greenville, North Carolina, USA;  North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback Devin Leary (13) looks on against the East Carolina Pirates before the game at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

No. 18 NC State fixes to flex on Charleston Southern

After narrowly escaping with a win in its opener, No. 18 North Carolina State will look to establish more control of the game Saturday when the Wolfpack host Charleston Southern in Raleigh.

The Wolfpack (1-0) topped in-state rival East Carolina 21-20 on Saturday, wriggling away with the victory when East Carolina’s kicker missed late two kicks — a point-after-try and a field goal.

Despite winning, NC State fell five spots in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll.

For Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren, the ECU result was sort of a blessing in disguise. He wasn’t thrilled with the way the Pack finished the game in Greenville, N.C., and identified several things they need to fix or work on, but the team will have the chance to build on a victory instead of trying to bounce back from a loss.

“I’m definitely excited we came out of the game with the win. Fifty percent of the country is now sitting there with a loss, and I’m happy that we’re not one of those teams,” Doeren said Monday. “In a lot of ways, it didn’t feel like a win, obviously because of our second-half performance… It’s definitely a lesson in humility for our players and to not have to suffer a loss.”

After trailing ECU by seven to open the game, NC State scored 21 straight points to lead at halftime. But the Pack didn’t score at all in the second half as the Pirates closed the gap. Twice in the fourth quarter, the State was stopped in the redzone, fumbling once and turning the ball over on downs another time.

Wolfpack quarterback Devin Leary — the Preseason ACC Player of the Year — finished the game completing just 17-of-33 passes for 211 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.

Leary will aim to throw the ball better against Football Championship Subdivision team Charleston Southern (0-1), which is coming off a season-opening 52-38 home loss to Western Carolina. In that one, CSU allowed 433 yards and six scores through the air.

The Buccaneers went down by 24 points early but closed late to cut the deficit to 10. Still, it wasn’t enough to top Western Carolina, and to be at least competitive with NC State, Charleston Southern will at the least need to play error-free football and avoid giving up quick-strike scores.

“A lot of good stuff happened, but obviously not the outcome that we wanted,” CSU coach Autry Denson told the Charleston Post and Courier. “We fought our tails off. We played an unbelievable game but you can’t spot a team that many points and expect to come back.”

Should the Pack build a sizable lead early and want to relieve Leary, CSU could see a familiar face under-center for NC State. Former Buccaneers starter Jack Chambers is now Leary’s backup.

NC State will be missing starting tight end Trent Pennix in this game and several that will follow. Pennix suffered an injury to his left arm and will miss four to six weeks, although Doeren said he won’t need surgery.

Doeren added that starting linebacker and captain Payton Wilson is day-to-day after exiting the ECU game with an upper body injury.

–Field Level Media

Sep 3, 2022; Greenville, North Carolina, USA;  North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback Devin Leary (13) throws the ball against the East Carolina Pirates during the first half at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

No. 13 NC State escapes East Carolina 21-20 on late missed kicks

East Carolina’s hopes of upsetting local rival No. 13 N.C. State were dashed when kicker Owen Daffer missed what would have been a game-winning field goal from 41 yards out with nine seconds to play. In the season-opener for both teams in Greenville, North Carolina, the visiting Wolfpack escaped with a 21-20 victory over the Pirates.

East Carolina (0-1) seemed to have swung momentum when they picked off N.C. State (1-0) quarterback Devin Leary late in the fourth quarter. Four plays later, ECU found the endzone on a three-yard scamper by Rahjai Harris.

But Daffer also missed the point-after-try after Harris’ score, which would’ve tied the game with 2:58 to play. After forcing a Wolfpack three-and-out, ECU put together a six-play, 47-yard drive to put Daffer in scoring position, but the kick sailed wide right.

It’s the first time the Wolfpack have won in Greenville since 2007.

After falling behind 7-0 early in a packed-out Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, the Wolfpack swung the game back in their favor by scoring twice in the span of 66 seconds.

First, Leary capped off an eight-play 64-yard drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Thayer Thomas. Then, after forcing an ECU three-and-out, N.C. State’s Josh Provillon broke through to block Luke Larsen’s rugby-style punt. The ball bounced into the endzone, where the Pack’s Sean Brown recovered it.

Thayer’s scoring grab moved him into second place all-time in program history with 21 receiving touchdowns. He finished the day with four catches for 58 yards. Leary was 17-of-33 through the air for 211 yards.

N.C. State tacked on another touchdown just before halftime, as Demi Sumo-Karngbaye covered 24 yards as he raced into the endzone.

The Wolfpack were marred in this game by an ineffectiveness on third downs — just 4-of-13 on conversions — and penalties, picking up eight flags for 73 yards.

ECU’s Holton Ahlers racked up 303 yards of total offense and two passing touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions.

N.C. State’s Payton Wilson — a team captain and preseason All-ACC selection at linebacker — exited the game in the second quarter and did not return to play after suffering an apparent upper body injury.

The game set an attendance record for the Pirates’ stadium, with an announced crowd of 51,711.

–Field Level Media

North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback Devin Leary (13) passes to a teammate. The North Carolina State Wolfpack lead the Florida State Seminoles 14-0 at the half Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.

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No. 13 NC State renews rivalry with East Carolina

No. 13 NC State and East Carolina will renew an in-state rivalry when the two sides kick off their season Saturday afternoon in Greenville, N.C.

Host ECU is coming off its best season in several years. The Pirates won seven games under Mike Houston last season and were poised to go bowling for the first time since 2014 until the Military Bowl was canceled due to a COVID-19 outbreak among Boston College players.

Among the key returners for ECU is quarterback Holton Ahlers. Now a fifth-year senior, Ahlers threw for 3,126 yards and 18 touchdowns last season. He also rushed for six touchdowns and caught one, too.

NC State coach Dave Doeren tried to recruit Ahlers to the Wolfpack several years ago. This will be the second time Doeren has tried to gameplan against him.

“He was mobile. Still is. Has a good arm. Sees the field. He is good on his feet. The same reasons I recruited him then are the same reasons he’s a four-year starter for them,” Doeren said Monday. “He’s a big, strong kid who can move around. He’s super smart, and he has a lot of game experience.”

This is Doeren’s 10th season at NC State and many expect this Wolfpack team to be his best yet. NC State’s No. 13 preseason AP ranking is its highest since 1975.

Leading the Pack is their own talented quarterback, junior Devin Leary. He threw for 35 touchdowns last season and led NC State to a 9-3 finish.

Leary was voted as the ACC Preseason Player of the Year and has been named to watchlists for the Manning, Maxwell, O’Brien and Camp awards.

NC State also has four returning starters on the offensive line and 10 returning starters on a defense that was second best in the nation against the pass, holding opponents to a 52.7 percent completion rate.

“The good news about playing an interstate rival like this where there’s a lot of history, is the summer is not nearly as hard on the coaches to motivate the players,” ECU offensive coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick told 247sports. “That first game, they know they’re playing a really good team and they know that game is a really important game. So, their focus is there.

“The negative is this team is really freaking good.”

This will be the 32nd meeting between the Wolfpack and the Pirates. NC State has won the last two games — in 2019 and 2018 — but lost the last two meetings that were played in Greenville, in 2016 and 2010. The Wolfpack hold the all-time advantage in the series with an 18-13 record.

Former ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill — who took the Pirates bowling four times between 2010 and 2015, and went 2-0 against the Pack — is now on NC State’s staff as a special assistant to Doeren. For McNeil, an ECU graduate who was inducted into the East Carolina Athletics Hall of Fame last year, this will be his first trip to Greenville as an opponent.

“I’m sure it’ll be emotional,” McNeill told 247Sports. “But then it will get straight to the competition part.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 28, 2021; San Diego, CA, USA; A general overall aerial view of the football field at Petco Park prior to the Holiday Bowl between the NC State Wolfpack and the UCLA Bruins. The game was cancelled because of  COVID-19 protocols within the UCLA program. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Holiday Bowl officially off as efforts to replace UCLA fail

Last-ditch efforts to save the 2021 Holiday Bowl officially ended Wednesday as organizers were unable to find a replacement team to face No. 18 NC State.

Due to COVID-19 issues, UCLA withdrew from Tuesday’s scheduled contest in San Diego less than six hours before kickoff at Petco Park.

“Sadly we are announcing that the 2021 SDCCU Holiday Bowl is cancelled,” read a statement posted to social media Wednesday by bowl officials. “… We look forward to coming back in 2022 and putting on one heck of a show!”

NC State, which finished 9-3, issued a statement from athletic director Boo Corrigan on social media along with a photo of Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren holding the Holiday Bowl trophy.

“After exhausting every possibility and contacting numerous schools personally and through the Holiday Bowl, we have no other option than to end our season,” Corrigan said. “As disappointing as this stunning turn of events was, we must not let it diminish the accomplishments of our 2021 football team or forget the moments of joy that they brought us.

“I commend Coach Doeren, his staff and especially our players for making great decisions and doing right things to ensure that they were ready to play every week and all the way until yesterday. I can’t wait to watch them run it back in 2022.”

The Holiday Bowl was the fifth game called off due to COVID-19 concerns, joining the Fenway Bowl, Military Bowl, Hawaii Bowl and Arizona Bowl.

–Field Level Media

Nov 27, 2021; Pasadena, California, USA;    UCLA Bruins quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) runs for 17 yards and a first down against the California Golden Bears in the second half at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Holiday Bowl canceled due to UCLA’s COVID protocols

Tuesday’s Holiday Bowl in San Diego was the latest bowl game to be called off amid the pandemic, with UCLA unable to compete against No. 18 North Carolina State due to COVID-19 protocols.

UCLA made the announcement roughly 5 1/2 hours before the game was scheduled to kick off at Petco Park.

The Bruins’ defensive line group was “decimated” by COVID-19 and did not have enough players able to play, according to a report from The Athletic.

“Heartbroken to not be able to compete one more time this season,” NC State football’s Twitter account posted Tuesday. “We were informed a short time ago that our opponent would be unable to play this evening.”

The Holiday bowl was the fifth game to be canceled due to COVID-19, following the Fenway Bowl, Military Bowl, Hawaii Bowl and Arizona Bowl. The Gator Bowl was in limbo after Texas A&M backed out, but Rutgers was added as a replacement to face Wake Forest.

Also, the Sun Bowl was in limbo after Miami pulled out. But when Boise State dropped out of the Arizona Bowl on Monday, Central Michigan moved from the Arizona to Sun to keep the latter bowl game intact.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2019; Stanford, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (1) and wide receiver Kyle Philips (2) celebrate after a touchdown in the first half against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA, NC State take revivals into Holiday Bowl clash

North Carolina State has come a long way the past couple of seasons, and now the program is on the verge of just its second season with a double-digit win total.

So traveling across the country to face UCLA in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 28 at San Diego seems like another challenge worth accepting.

“We want to make history, leave a legacy,” NC State linebacker Drake Thomas said. “This team is special and it would be a special way to end the season.”

NC State (9-3) won its last two regular-season games, including a remarkable comeback in the final two minutes to knock off rival North Carolina on Nov. 26. Most of the Wolfpack’s key players have announced that they’ll be on board next season, already boosting expectations for 2022.

“I think it says a lot,” NC State quarterback Devin Leary said. “It goes to prove that guys on this team aren’t satisfied with what we’ve accomplished this year. Guys want to come back and prove how much better we can be.”

UCLA (8-4) has been on an upward trend as well, and the bus ride down California’s Interstate 5 is another chance for the Bruins to show what their program is headed in the right direction.

Bruins coach Chip Kelly said the regular season was good enough “to get us in this situation to get to play football in December.” The winning record came after five consecutive losing seasons, the last three under Kelly.

Kelly has been on the sideline for the Holiday Bowl in the past as an assistant coach at Oregon. He’s hoping for a home-field type of atmosphere for the Bruins.

“We’re excited that a lot of our fans can get there,” Kelly said of the game, which will be played in San Diego’s Petco Park, a baseball stadium.

UCLA has many San Diego-area players, including leader receiver Kyle Phillips. He caught 10 touchdown passes this season and had 739 yards on 59 catches.

“He has given us everything,” Kelly said. “He is a really tough matchup and he comes up big in big games.”

UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson has thrown for 21 touchdowns with six interceptions. Although he is eligible to return next season, rumors have swirled that it could be Thompson-Robinson’s last game in a Bruins uniform after four seasons, with transfer QB Dillon Gabriel of UCF waiting in the wings.

“He’s one of the toughest guys I’ve been around,” Kelly said of Thompson-Robinson. “I think he has played his best football in the last three games. We hope he can continue to grow in this last one.”

NC State’s defense is ready for the challenge from a dual-threat quarterback.

“Defensively, we’ll be healthier than we were in the last game,” coach Dave Doeren said. “(Safety) Devan Boykin is back with us now. We hoped that we would have him.”

Leary threw for 3,433 yards with 35 touchdowns and five interceptions for the Wolfpack during the regular season. Emeka Emezie has been his top target, making 60 catches for 802 yards and six touchdowns.

NC State’s only season with double-digit victories came in 2002, going 11-3 behind QB Philip Rivers. In a San Diego connection, Rivers went out to a stellar career with the Chargers and was with the team when it moved to Los Angeles in 2017.

“We want to go win,” Wolfpack center Grant Gibson said. “We’re not taking this game lightly.”

Highly-regarded UCLA defensive lineman Otito Ogbonnia is skipping the game in advance of the NFL Draft.

The only previous NC State-UCLA football meetings came with UCLA winning home games in 1959 and 1960.

–Field Level Media

Nov 20, 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack wide receiver Emeka Emezie (86) goes up for a pass against Syracuse Orange defensive back Darian Chestnut (20) during the first half at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Howard-USA TODAY Sports

No. 20 NC State smothers Syracuse, 41-17

Devin Leary threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 20 NC State’s defense took care of the rest in the Wolfpack’s 41-17 victory over visiting Syracuse in an Atlantic Coast Conference game on Saturday in Raleigh, N.C.

Leary went 17-of-24 passing and found nine different receivers, led by Thayer Thomas, who had four receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown, and Christopher Toudle, who had 35 yards and a touchdown on four catches.

Ricky Person rushed for 50 yards and a score on 12 carries as the Wolfpack (8-3, 5-2 ACC) amassed 399 yards of total offense.

Syracuse quarterback Garrett Shrader struggled against the Wolfpack defense, as he went just 8-for-20 passing for 63 yards and an interception, in addition to being sacked five times. Sean Tucker, who rushed for 105 yards and a score on 13 carries, was the lone bright spot for the Orange (5-6, 2-5), who were held to 236 yards of total offense.

After a scoreless first quarter, Person’s 15-yard touchdown run capped a four-play, 75-yard drive that gave the Wolfpack a 7-0 lead with 6:14 left in the quarter. NC State doubled its lead less than a minute later, when linebacker Drake Thomas stepped in front of Shrader’s pass and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown with 5:25 left in the half.

Syracuse trimmed the lead to 14-7 when Tucker raced 55 yards into the end zone to cap a four-play, 65-yard drive with 3:16 left. However, NC State regained its two-touchdown lead 15 seconds later when Zonovan Knight returned the ensuing kickoff 97 yards for a score with 3:01 left in the quarter.

NC State extended its lead to 28-7 when Leary threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Toudle with eight seconds left in the first half.

The Wolfpack pushed their lead to 31-7 on Chris Dunn’s 37-yard field goal less than five minutes into the second half before Syracuse countered with Andre Szmyt’s 45-yard field goal with 6:41 left in the quarter.

Leary extended the lead to 38-10 with an eight-yard touchdown strike to Thomas that capped an eight-play, 65-yard drive with 2:15 left in the third quarter.

Shrader pulled the Orange to within 38-17 on a 48-yard run with 8:45 remaining in the game before NC State capped the scoring on Dunn’s 21-yard field goal with less than four minutes left.

–Field Level Media