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

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

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

Nov 13, 2021; Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA; A North Carolina State Wolfpack helmet seen on the sideline during the second half against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Truist Field. Mandatory Credit: William Howard-USA TODAY Sports

No. 20 NC State, still eying ACC title, hosts bowl-hungry Syracuse

Only four points separate No. 20 North Carolina State from being unbeaten in ACC play and in position for a berth in the title game.

After a missed opportunity at making the ACC’s Atlantic Division tighter, the Wolfpack look to rebound from a tough loss to division leader Wake Forest Saturday afternoon when they host ACC Atlantic division-mate Syracuse.

NC State (7-3, 4-2 ACC) begins this week in third place behind unbeaten Wake Forest and second-place Clemson. The Wolfpack went 6-1 in a seven-game stretch after splitting their first two games but were unable to rally from 10 points down in the final 1:47 and took a 45-42 loss to Wake Forest on Saturday.

After last week’s loss, an outside chance at a division title is possible for NC State. If the Wolfpack beat Syracuse and North Carolina, they can win the division if Wake Forest loses to Clemson and Boston College.

“Obviously, winning the Atlantic is out of our control now, some things will have to go in our favor,” Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said. “All we can control is our next two.”

While quarterback Devin Leary is coming off a performance where he completed 37 of 59 passes for 408 yards and threw four touchdowns, NC State is hoping to rebound from committing three turnovers and 14 penalties. The Wolfpack are also hoping to do better on third downs both defensively and offensively after allowing Wake Forest to convert 10 of 19 and being unable to convert 11 of 14.

“We have a lot to play for and it starts with this game against Syracuse.” Doeren said. “They are a very physical team and a very good defensive football team. They are in the top 20 in a couple of categories (nationally), and in the top three in our league in several.”

Syracuse (5-5, 2-4) hardly looked like a team ranked in the top three in the ACC in any category and in the top-20 in any category nationally when it absorbed a 41-3 loss at Louisville on Saturday after posting consecutive wins over Virginia Tech and Boston College.

Sean Tucker enters Saturday 111 yards behind Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III for the national rushing title. Against the Cardinals he finished with 95 yards, his second-lowest total of the season, and was unable to get an eighth straight 100-yard game.

“I think the biggest thing is we have to get back to playing Syracuse football,” Orange coach Dino Babers said in his weekly press conference on Monday. “That’s not what we played Saturday. It’s not indicative of what we’re trying to represent. We were very flat. And we weren’t physical. And those things truly bother me.

Tucker leads the ACC with 1,362 rushing yards and along with quarterback Garrett Shrader they have combined for 24 rushing touchdowns while Syracuse leads the ACC with 236.7 rushing yards per game and 26 rushing touchdowns.

The potent rushing attack has Syracuse one win away from being bowl-eligible for the first time since 2018. To reach 6-6, the Orange must win at NC State or against Pittsburgh, which enter this week as the league’s top rushing defenses.

“We understand it’s going to be a difficult venue to play in.” Babers said. “We’ve been there before — we understand that. But we’re looking forward to having an opportunity to put this football team back out front and see if we can change the narrative from what happened the previous week.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 23, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback Devin Leary (13) prepares to throws a pass against the Miami Hurricanes during the first quarter of the game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Van Dyke leads Miami to upset of No. 18 NC State

Tyler Van Dyke threw four touchdown passes, including two to Charleston Rambo, as host Miami knocked off No. 18 North Carolina State 31-30 on Saturday night.

Van Dyke was 25-for-34 for 325 yards as Miami (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) snapped a two-game losing skid.

Rambo’s go-ahead catch came on a 7-yard slant play with 9:34 remaining as the Hurricanes, who entered the game with their worst record midway through a season in 24 years, moved to a 31-27 lead.

Van Dyke had another big completion on third-and-18 to help the Hurricanes run out the clock after the Wolfpack might have regained possession with about two minutes left.

Thayer Thomas caught Devin Leary’s two touchdown passes for NC State (5-2, 2-1). Leary finished 24-for-42 for 310 yards without an interception.

NC State closed within 31-30 on Christopher Dunn’s 40-yard field goal that bounced in off the left upright. This came after he missed moments earlier but was given another chance because of a running-into-the-kicker penalty on Miami.

A strong second quarter turned the momentum in NC State’s favor.

Trailing 14-3 in the second quarter, Leary connected with Thomas on a third-and-goal play covering 7 yards.

The bigger boost might have come after the Wolfpack gained possession following a Miami punt. There were just 47 seconds to play, but NC State needed just three plays to go 77 yards, capped by Leary’s 27-yard pass to Thomas.

The big play on the drive was a 46-yard throw to Emeka Emezie.

Miami scored on its first possession, finishing a 75-yard drive with Van Dyke’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Rambo.

After Dunn’s 33-yard field goal for the Wolfpack, Van Dyke connected with Jaylan Knighton for a 53-yard touchdown play on a fourth-and-1 gamble.

Dunn’s field goal in the first quarter made him NC State’s all-time leading scorer. He entered the game tied with former kicker Niklas Sade (2011-14).

This was NC State’s first visit to Miami in nine years.

–Field Level Media

Oct 2, 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback Devin Leary (13) drops back to pass against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs during the first half at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

No. 23 N.C State holds off Louisiana Tech for third straight win

Devin Leary threw two touchdown passes and No. 23 North Carolina State built on its big upset from a week earlier by defeating visiting Louisiana Tech 34-27 on Saturday night in Raleigh, N.C.

It wasn’t over until Jakeen Harris intercepted a pass in the end zone on the game’s last play after Louisiana Tech drove to the NC State 22-yard line.

Zonovan Knight’s 4-yard touchdown run with 7:45 left helped clinch the outcome for NC State, which moved to a 4-1 record for the second year in a row.

The Wolfpack never trailed but it had trouble pulling away, taking the lead for good in the waning seconds of the first half.

Austin Kendall finished with 341 passing yards and three touchdowns for Louisiana Tech (2-3), which has just four victories in 52 all-time games against Top 25 opposition.
Leary ended up 22-for-36 for 251 yards.

NC State’s Ricky Person, who had a 24-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, produced 90 yards on the ground on 15 attempts. Knight racked up 85 rushing yards on 13 carries.

Still, Kendall threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes, the latter on a 14-yard play to Griffin Herbert with 4:43 to play.

N.C. State, coming off a double-overtime win against Clemson a week earlier, is 4-0 at home.

NC State scored first on Leary’s 6-yard pass play to Chris Toudle, who dove into the end zone.

Louisiana Tech responded with a nine-play drive, capped by Kendall’s 2-yard toss to Jacob Adams.

Dunn, who missed all three of his field-goal attempts in the Clemson game (including a game-winning attempt from 39 yards on the final play of regulation), drilled a 36-yard field goal as the Wolfpack took a 10-7 lead in the second quarter. Louisiana Tech’s Jacob Barnes tied the game at 10-all when he booted a 21-yarder with 2:12 left in the half.

From there, each team punted before the Wolfpack went 57 yards in 36 seconds, setting up Dunn’s 29-yard field goal with two seconds left in the half.

Louisiana Tech’s two previous defeats this season came by a combined three points, including a one-point setback at Mississippi State, where NC State happened to suffer its lone defeat.

–Field Level Media

NC State quarterback Devin Leary (13) passes near Clemson defensive end Myles Murphy (98) during the fourth quarter at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., September 25, 2021.  The Tigers lost 27-21 in two overtimes game at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., September 25, 2021. Leary  was 32-44 for 238  yards and four touchdown passes.

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Fresh off big win, No. 23 N.C. State hopes to maintain momentum

The No. 23 N.C. State Wolfpack look to avoid a letdown when they host the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs Saturday in Raleigh.

N.C. State (3-1) ended an eight-game losing streak against Clemson when they upset the then-No. 9 Tigers 27-21 in overtime last Saturday. Now they’re heavy favorites against Louisiana Tech (2-2).

“People are going to talk about trap games and letdowns and all those kinds of things. I’ve already addressed that with our team,” coach Dave Doeren said. “This game is about being better than we were last week. That’s our goal, to be a great football team. Great football teams don’t step backwards.”

The Wolfpack earned the right to celebrate after their first win over a top-10 opponent since beating No. 3 Florida State 17-16 in 2012.

Quarterback Devin Leary completed 32 of 44 passes for 238 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Devin Carter had two touchdown catches and Emeka Emezie had a career-high 14 catches for 116 yards and a touchdown.

The Wolfpack converted 11 of 21 third downs, but there are issues to correct. N.C. State was penalized 11 times for 105 yards and kicker Christopher Dunn missed three field goals, including one at the end of regulation.

The N.C. State defense held Clemson to 10 first downs on the day and just 14 points in regulation.

“They have some great players on the defensive side of the ball. They have a very solid scheme in what they do,” Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz said. “They’re a 3-4 defense in what they do, and they run it very, very well. They’re very gap-sound in what they do and they’re not giving up a lot of yards.”

The Bulldogs enter off a 24-17 Conference USA win over North Texas.

Quarterback Austin Kendall, who started the first three games, was scratched before the game and Aaron Allen started in his place, leading a pair of first-quarter scoring drives. JD Head also saw action and threw his first touchdown pass but left with hip soreness.

Holtz said early in the week he hopes to have Kendall back on Saturday, while it looks like Head is out.

Marcus Williams Jr. ran for two touchdowns in the first quarter, including a 42-yard dash to make it 14-0. He finished with 73 yards on 17 carries.

“You look at Marcus Williams, he’s running hard, he’s running tough, and I think if we gave him the ball 25 times a game, he would eclipse the 100-yard mark every week,” Holtz said, “and I think he would be one of the better backs in this league statistically.”

Meanwhile, wide receiver/punt returner Smoke Harris had seven receptions and returned a punt a career-long 67 yards.

“They really should be 4-0,” Doeren said of the Bulldogs. “They lost on the last play of the game to SMU on a pretty freak-show ricochet play on a Hail Mary. They had a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter against Mississippi State and lost.”

Saturday was the best defensive showing of the young season by the Bulldogs, who are giving up 33.3 points per game and 6.0 yards per play.

“The defense played a really solid football game for us in only giving up 17 points,” Holtz said. “Even with that, they were stuck with a couple short fields with a blocked punt and a fumble at our end of the field.”

The teams are meeting for the second time. The Wolfpack posted a 40-13 win to open the 2013 season.

Louisiana Tech is 4-47 against ranked competition, with the last win coming over No. 25 Navy in the 2016 Armed Forces Bowl.

–Field Level Media

Sep 2, 2021; Raleigh, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack running back Ricky Person Jr. (8) runs the ball against the South Florida Bulls during the first half at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

NC State cruises to 45-0 rout of South Florida

Zonovan Knight rushed 16 times for 163 yards and a touchdown, leading North Carolina State to a 45-0 win over the South Florida in a nonconference game Thursday in Raleigh, N.C.

The Wolfpack finished with a 525-271 edge in total yards, sending the Bulls to their ninth straight loss since they won their 2020 opener.

NC State’s defense did its part, getting interceptions from Drake Thomas, Cyrus Fagan and Tanner Ingle.

Ricky Person Jr., NC State’s other big-time running back, gained 148 yards from scrimmage. He rushed 16 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 43 yards and one score.

This was the first time since 2015 that NC State had two 100-yard rushers in the same game.

It was the season opener for both teams, but only the Wolfpack looked sharp. NC State quarterback Devin Leary completed 17 of 26 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted once.

Leary’s favorite target was Emeka Emezie, who caught five passes for 71 yards.

Meanwhile, USF quarterback Cade Fortin was benched after five drives. The Bulls got just one first down on those drives — on a run by Darrian Felix.

The Bulls went to true freshman Timmy McClain … and then back to Fortin after a pair of interceptions.

Fortin’s final stats: 7 of 20 for 41 yards with one interception. McClain completed 7 of 13 passes for 126 yards with two interceptions.

NC State led 10-0 after the first quarter and 24-0 at the half. The first half included Leary’s 33-yard TD pass to Person, Christopher Dunn’s 34-yard field goal and a pair of 11-yard running scores by Person.

The Wolfpack stretched their lead to 38-0 after three quarters. Knight ran 46 yards to the end zone, and Leary hit Christopher Toudle right between the numbers for a 7-yard score.

Jordan Houston, third on NC State’s running back depth chart, added a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

The Wolfpack defense preserved the shutout with a last-minute goal-line stand. On fourth-and-goal from the NC State 4, Fortin threw incomplete into the end zone.

–Field Level Media

Nov 16, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren watches a replay during the second half against the Louisville Cardinals at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: NC State, Dave Doeren agree to two-year extension

North Carolina State football coach Dave Doeren has agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep him in Raleigh through the 2025 season, multiple outlets reported Sunday.

Yahoo Sports reported the new deal comes with a raise from $3.25 million to $3.5 million, beginning with the 2021 season.

The university system’s trustees must approve the agreement, which is expected.

The nine returning assistant coaches also are in line for pay increases.

NC State hired Doeren, then the coach at Northern Illinois, on Dec. 1, 2012. In his eight seasons leading the Wolfpack, Doeren, 49, has a 55-46 (28-38 Atlantic Coast Conference) record and has led the team to six bowl appearances.

In 2020, NC State finished 8-4 (7-3 ACC) but lost to Kentucky 23-21 in the Gator Bowl.

Doeren’s teams had a 23-4 record in his two seasons at Northern Illinois.

–Field Level Media

Nov 28, 2020; Syracuse, New York, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack running back Ricky Person Jr. (8) runs after making a catch as Syracuse Orange defensive back Ifeatu Melifonwu (2) pursues in the first quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Hockman’s career day leads NC State past Syracuse

Bailey Hockman threw a career-high four touchdown passes — three to Thayer Thomas — and visiting North Carolina State recorded a 36-29 victory over Syracuse on Saturday afternoon.

The Wolfpack (7-3, 6-3 ACC) won their third straight game and held off the Orange (1-9, 1-8) with a clutch defensive stop in the final minute.

Syracuse was 7 yards away from tying the game but NC State held on. On third down, Rex Culpepper dropped back to pass, could not find a receiver and was sacked by Payton Wilson for an 11-yard loss as the clock kept moving.

With one second remaining, Culpepper did not know it was fourth down and took a knee, essentially ending the game.

Hockman completed 23 of 31 passes for a career-high 313 yards in his first career 300-yard game. His primary target was Thomas, who had nine receptions for 102 yards.

Thomas had a 15-yard TD reception in the second quarter and TDs of 31 and 9 yards in the third.

Emeka Emezie caught the go-ahead 26-yard TD early in the fourth quarter.

Syracuse lost its seventh straight game and started Culpepper for the fourth time. Starting in place of JaCobian Morgan (undisclosed injury), Culpepper was 23-of-45 for 254 yards and two touchdowns.

Orange receiver Taj Harris tallied a career-high 13 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown.

Syracuse turned a 14-13 deficit into a 22-14 halftime lead with a 60-yard touchdown catch by Nykeim Johnson and a safety, when Hockman was sacked in the end zone by Marlowe Wax.

Thomas hauled in his second TD with 12:35 remaining in the third to make it 22-20 but Syracuse took a 29-20 lead on Harris’ 13-yard TD with 5:49 remaining.

Thomas scored his third TD about three minutes later to get the Wolfpack within 29-27 and Emezie’s 26-yard TD gave NC State a 33-29 lead less than a minute into the fourth.

Christopher Dunn’s 31-yard field goal made it 36-29 with 5:20 remaining.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2020; Syracuse, NY, USA;  Liberty Flames quarterback Malik Willis (7) scores on a touchdown run in the first half during a game against Syracuse on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.
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No. 21 Liberty seeks ACC sweep at NC State

No. 21 Liberty will take a crack at an Atlantic Coast Conference sweep on Saturday night when it meets North Carolina State at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.

Liberty (8-0), which is off to its best start in program history, already has defeated ACC members Syracuse and Virginia Tech.

“I told somebody I’m afraid that our people will expect us to win every ACC game we ever play now,” Liberty coach Hugh Freeze said. “That’s not real realistic, I don’t think. We’ll keep taking them as they come.”

Now comes another one for the Flames, who’ve been dazzling behind quarterback Malik Willis, who transferred from Auburn and sat out the 2019 season before making highlights this season.

Willis has thrown for 15 touchdowns with just one interception. He also has a team-high 700 rushing yards and nine of the team’s 20 rushing touchdowns.

“Obviously this whole thing is going to be about being able to get Willis off track because nobody has been able to do that,” NC State coach Dave Doeren said.

Willis has been effective even with the Flames without a full stable of receivers because of injuries.

Defeating Virginia Tech, 38-35, on the road two weeks ago on Alex Barbir’s last-second, 51-yard field goal provided another chapter in the storybook season.

“How long that lasts, I don’t know, but we’re going to have great memories from this year from what’s been done to this point,” Freeze said.

Liberty, with three games remaining, holds a 10-game winning streak, one shy of the school record set from Oct. 20, 2007, to Oct. 11, 2008.

“They’re playing for a coach that knows how to win games,” said Doeren, whose team has lost three of four games against ranked teams this season, said. “It’s going to be a very confident group, and it’s going to be a group that wants to prove themselves and an opportunity for them to do it on a bigger stage.”

The Flames, who produced 633 yards of total offense in last week’s 58-14 demolition of Football Championship Subdivision member Western Carolina, has scored at least 30 points in every game except during a 28-7 victory against North Alabama on Oct. 3.

Now, Liberty might be a targeted team. Freeze said it’s important to stay the course.

“Just don’t change. Don’t change anything,” he said. “Remember why you’re having the success.”

NC State (5-3) snapped a two-game losing streak with last week’s 38-22 victory against visiting Florida State.

Bailey Hockman, who was in his second game as the starter since returning to that role, had a solid outing for the Wolfpack.

“Anytime your quarterback is playing well, I don’t care what level of football you’re playing, you’ve got a chance to be really good,” Doeren said. “He’s played at a high level for two weeks, so we’re very excited.”

Part of Hockman’s success was related to redshirt junior receiver Thayer Thomas’ career-high 11 catches and 135 yards. He also scored twice.

“I feel like this year I’ve had a lot of different opportunities, and I feel like I’ve made the most of every opportunity I’ve been given, regardless of the circumstances,” Thomas said.

–Field Level Media