Devin Leary threw for 2 touchdowns, Zonovan Knight returned a kickoff for a landing and No. 25 North Carolina State beat Syracuse 41-17 on Saturday to maintain its hopes alive for an Atlantic Coast Convention championship.
After neither workforce scored within the first 22 minutes, the Wolfpack scored touchdowns on offense, protection and particular groups in a matter of lower than 3 1/2 minutes. It was all a part of N.C. State’s 28-point burst within the final 6:14 of the primary half.
By the point the sport started, N.C. State (8-3, 5-2, No. 20 CFP) had retained a shot at reaching the ACC championship recreation as a result of Atlantic Division-leading Wake Forest misplaced at Clemson. With a view to go to Charlotte for the league title recreation Dec. 4, the Wolfpack should defeat North Carolina on Friday adopted by a Wake Forest loss the following day at Boston School.
Syracuse (5-6, 2-5), which was blown out per week earlier at Louisville, must beat Pittsburgh subsequent week at dwelling to safe bowl eligibility.
Freshman working again Sean Tucker grew to become Syracuse’s single-season speeding chief, passing Joe Morris with a second-quarter carry. Morris set the mark with 1,372 yards in 1979.
Tucker, who entered the week second nationally in speeding, has 1,471 yards this yr after posting 109 yards on 14 carries Saturday.
Leary threw for 303 yards by finishing 17 of 24 passes.
Neither workforce confirmed a lot offense till a two-play sequence for N.C. State halfway by means of the second quarter. Leary threw 49 yards to Thayer Thomas earlier than Ricky Individual Jr. scored on a 15-yard run.
Two snaps later, N.C. State linebacker Drake Thomas — the receiver’s youthful brother —- returned Garrett Shrader’s interception 38 yards for a landing.
Syracuse countered on Tucker’s 55-yard run with 3:16 left within the first half.
Knight returned the following kickoff 97 yards for a landing. After a Syracuse punt, N.C. State went 80 yards in 5 performs with Leary’s scramble and 14-yard toss to Chris Toudle extending the lead with eight seconds left within the half.
Syracuse: Syracuse misplaced its first three ACC video games by a complete of 9 factors (together with one recreation in extra time), however the final two outcomes have been lopsided. A sputtering offense has been the most important drawback as till the fourth quarter, Syracuse had gone eight full quarters with only one landing. Syracuse was and not using a fourth-quarter level in its previous two video games, and at last broke that drought with Shrader’s 48-yard run with 8:45 left.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack have eclipsed the 40-point mark in 4 video games this season, together with the previous two. N.C. State has adopted every of its three losses by successful by not less than 15-point margins in its subsequent recreation.
Knight grew to become the primary participant in N.C. State historical past with three kickoff returns for touchdowns. He has returned kickoffs for touchdowns in back-to-back video games after doing so from 100 yards away per week earlier in a loss at Wake Forest.
The final time a Wolfpack participant had two touchdowns on kickoff returns in a season got here in 2012 from Tobias Palmer.
N.C. State may climb a couple of spots, although voters is likely to be inclined to make room for Clemson, which misplaced to the Wolfpack in extra time in September, within the rankings.
Syracuse: Hosts Pittsburgh on Saturday
N.C. State: Hosts North Carolina on Friday evening.