Devin Leary two touchdowns and No. 22 North Carolina State shut down Louisiana Tech 34-27 on Saturday night.
Louisiana Tech picked up five first falls in its final possession, reaching the NC State 22-yard line before being intercepted by Jacques Harris in the final area of the game.
That allowed the NC state to lead Clemson to disaster from a week earlier and improve to 4-1 for the second year in a row.
“We’ve done enough to win,” NC State coach Dave Dowren said. “I think it’s great not to play great and win a football game.”
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Leary was 22 for 36 for 251 yards. Ricking Person (y0 yards) and Jonovan Knight () 5 all ran to touch.
Louisiana tech quarterback Austin Kendall finished with three touchdowns and two interceptions for 828 yards at Rs.
“There’s no moral victory in being close,” Louisiana tech coach Skip Holtz said. “We’re here to win.”
Dowren said it was difficult for Wolfpack to get their focus back after the win against Clemson to lead them into the final non-league game.
“It was a memorable work,” Doreen said. “People probably do more than they understand.”
Louisiana Tech had two quarter-quarter touchdown drives of 65 yards or more. The Bulldogs then moved 67 yards on the last drive.
“We probably shouldn’t have been in that moment,” NC State linebacker Isaiah Moore said. “We didn’t play well on the defensive side of the ball in the second half.”
The man’s tackle-dodging, 24-yard touchdown run helped NC State open a tough game in the third quarter.
12:10 Kendall’s 23-yard strike with the left means the boob, the Bulldogs (2-3) pull between 27-20.
NC State followed with a six-game, 72-yard drive that ended with Knight’s 4-yard scoring run.
Griffin Herbert hit Kendall again to end a 14-yard pass game low in the last zone as Louisiana Tech made 34-27 with 4:43.
Louisiana Tech: The Bulldogs got three points from their first two losses of the season and they were in another close defeat this time. Louisiana Tech 4-48 against the top 25 opponents of all time.
NC State: Wolfpack went 0-0 at home games this year, but the last two games required a defensive stop in the final game. Last week, it was Clemson’s double overtime disaster.
Grand It Out
NC State achieved 130 of its 167 racing yards in the second half.
The individual and the Knight NC are forming as a constellation of stars in the state backfield.
The person said, “It’s great to be with (Knight), just because of the work he’s done.” “He’s a great, great back. I love the man.”
Louisiana Tech had to use backup quarterback Aaron Allen for a last-minute game after snatching Kendall at the end of the fourth-down scrabble. A snag was created for the Bulldogs when the ball was thrown into play and it took about 20 seconds before the ball was snatched.
“He didn’t realize the game clock was ticking,” Holtz said. “We had very little time left after that.”
For that reason, Bulldog had two more plays on hand.
Take a break
Wolfpack will have a steady diet of Atlantic Coast Conference games for the rest of the regular season. But NC State has a weekly vacation before its next game.
“We need to say goodbye right now,” Dowren said. “We are definitely ready for one, both physically and mentally.”
The NC state is likely to remain stable, especially until it wins a street game and will have two assignments like this later this month.
The next one is coming
Louisiana Tech: October 16 at UTEP
NC State: October 16 at Boston College