North Carolina will taste a different flavor of rivalry today when it hosts N.C. State in its season finale Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL). The Tar Heels (6-5, 4-3 ACC) for years played Duke to wrap up the season but that’s no longer the case as the ACC has shaken up the schedule and UNC will close out with its other neighbor, the Wolfpack (6-5, 2-5), for the first time since 2009.
Both North Carolina and N.C. State have shaken free from a rough midseason stretches to become bowl eligible. They finish the regular season at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill with today’s 104th meeting in their long rivalry (12:30 p.m., WRAL), with each determined to ensure itself a winning record and improved bowl destination.
Trevor Lacey scored 21 points to help N.C. State hold off South Florida 68-65 on Sunday. Cat Barber added 10 points for the Wolfpack, who blew most of an 11-point lead in the final 3 minutes but did just enough to earn the program's first 4-0 start under coach Mark Gottfried.
Matt Dayes ran for 113 yards and scored three touchdowns to help the Wolfpack beat Wake Forest 42-13 on Saturday. Shadrach Thornton ran for 110 yards and a touchdown for N.C. State (6-5, 2-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), which became bowl eligible for the fourth time in five seasons after missing out last year in Dave Doeren’s first season as coach.
D.J. White and Quayshawn Nealy scored defensive touchdowns in the second quarter to help Georgia Tech beat North Carolina State 56-23 on Saturday.
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Michael Dyer rushed for 173 yards, including a game-sealing 46-yard touchdown run with 44 seconds remaining, and Louisville held off N.C. State 30-18 on Saturday.
Louisville knows there’s no room for errors when it hosts N.C. State Saturday (3:30 p.m., Fox Sports Carolinas). That was hard-learned lesson in last week’s 23-17 loss at Clemson, when Louisville (5-2, 3-2 ACC) gave up touchdowns on a 72-yard punt return and an end-zone fumble. Penalties also doomed the Cardinals, who aim not to beat themselves against the Wolfpack (4-3, 0-3).
Bobby Petrino isn’t used to this. The first-year Louisville coach with a reputation for creating high-powered offense has had to watch the Cardinals (5-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) take small steps forward in his second stint with the program. The journey has been bumpy, as evidenced by five false start penalties in last week’s 23-17 loss at Clemson.
Nothing could stop Boston College’s productive ground game. Not a muddy field, not a long delay and — once again — definitely not N.C. State. Tyler Murphy rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns and the Eagles beat N.C. State 30-14 on Saturday for the Wolfpack’s 11th straight Atlantic Coast Conference loss.
Leaving Florida has worked out pretty well for both Jacoby Brissett and Tyler Murphy. The ex-Gators quarterbacks have led their new schools to big things and now they’re preparing to face off for the first time Saturday when North Carolina State (4-2, 0-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) plays host to Boston College (3-2, 0-1).
Clemson freshman Deshaun Watson threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more and Clemson posted its first shutout in six years, defeating North Carolina State 41-0 on Saturday.
N.C. State coach Dave Doeren waited a year to get Florida transfer Jacoby Brissett into his lineup. It didn’t take the quarterback nearly so long to completely change the Wolfpack’s offense.
N.C. State coach Dave Doeren apologizes to Florida State after accusing Seminoles of flopping on Saturday and Monday.