GAMEDAY College Football

North Carolina State 30, North Carolina 27

(AP Photo/Chris Seward)

By BOB SUTTON
Associated Press

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Ben Finley threw for 271 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start, and North Carolina State held on to beat Drake Maye and No. 17 North Carolina 30-27 when Noah Burnette duck-hooked a 35-yard field goal try in the second overtime.

Maye connected with Antoine Green from 4 yards out on the final play of regulation to tie the game at 24-all, but N.C. State (8-4, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) kept the ACC Coastal Division champion Tar Heels (9-3, 6-2) out of the end zone in the first overtime.

Burnette - who also missed from 27 yards in the fourth quarter - made a 26-yarder in the first OT and the Wolfpack tied it on Christopher Dunn's 31-yarder. Dunn was good from 21 yards in the second overtime and N.C. State, which never trailed, held on to hand North Carolina its second straight loss.

Devin Carter had six receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown for the Wolfpack, who snapped a two-game skid and pulled out a thrilling victory over their in-state rival for the second straight year.

Carter caught Finley's back-shoulder pass just outside the end zone and backed in for a 26-yard touchdown with 3:54 remaining in regulation for the Wolfpack's first points of the second half.

Finley became N.C. State's fourth starting quarterback in a seven-game span. He completed 27 of 40 passes for 271 yards.

The Tar Heels and freshman sensation Maye closed the regular season with dispiriting one-score losses to Georgia Tech and the Wolfpack ahead of the ACC title game clash with No. 8 Clemson next Saturday.

Maye finished 29 of 49 for 233 yards, one interception and the tying TD toss on fourth-and-goal to Green, which followed an apparent touchdown catch by John Copenhaver that was overturned on a replay review.

Maye's 14-yard, third-down scramble with 7:53 to play allowed the Tar Heels to pull even for the first time since early in the first quarter.

N.C. State got off to a strong start. After forcing a North Carolina punt, the Wolfpack needed three plays to score on Jack Chambers' 2-yard quarterback keeper.

Finley hooked up with a diving Terrell Timmons Jr. in the end zone from 28 yards out, giving Timmons his first career touchdown early in the second quarter.

Elijah Green's 9-yard run gave the Tar Heels a boost with 5:03 left in the half. Dunn's 29-yard field goal on the last play of the half pushed N.C. State's edge to 17-10.

RECORD DAY

Dunn broke the ACC scoring record in the first half with his second extra point. In the second half, his 43-yard field goal attempt was wide left, his first miss in 23 chances this season.

SECONDARY ISSUES

North Carolina was without starting cornerback Tony Grimes because of an injury. The Tar Heels lost starting safety Cam'Ron Kelly in the first half and starting cornerback Storm Duck in the second half to game-ending injuries.

THE TAKEAWAY

N.C. State: The Wolfpack relied on their defense to contain one of the country's most explosive offenses. The win was a nice consolation prize for a team that started the season 5-1 and looked like a contender in the Atlantic Division.

North Carolina: The Tar Heels weren't crisp for most of the game and still nearly pulled off a comeback for the ages. This will sting, particularly given the failure to score a touchdown in OT.

November 25, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NCSUUNC
NCSU TD 13:20 Jack Chambers 2 yd run (Christopher Dunn kick) 7 0
UNC FG 5:13 Noah Burnette 37 yd FG 7 3
Second Quarter NCSUUNC
NCSU TD 12:38 Terrell Timmons Jr. 28 yd pass from Ben Finley (Christopher Dunn kick) 14 3
UNC TD 5:03 Elijah Green 9 yd run (Noah Burnette kick) 14 10
NCSU FG 0:00 Christopher Dunn 29 yd FG 17 10
Fourth Quarter NCSUUNC
UNC TD 7:53 Drake Maye 14 yd run (Noah Burnette kick) 17 17
NCSU TD 3:54 Devin Carter 26 yd pass from Ben Finley (Christopher Dunn kick) 24 17
UNC TD 0:00 Antoine Green 4 yd pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette kick) 24 24
OT NCSUUNC
UNC FG   Noah Burnette 26 yd FG 24 27
NCSU FG   Christopher Dunn 31 yd FG 27 27
2nd OT NCSUUNC
NCSU FG   Christopher Dunn 21 yd FG 30 27
Team Stats
  North Carolina State North Carolina
First downs 17 23
  Rushing 2 7
  Passing 13 12
  Penalty 2 4
3rd Down Efficiency 4-16, 25% 5-20, 25%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 3-3, 100%
Rushes-Yards 25-59 40-118
Passing Yards 271 233
Return Yards 93 37
Completions-Attempts-Int 27-41-0 29-49-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--5 2--10
Punts 7 7
Punts-Average 45.6 43
Fumbles Lost 4-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 8-60 7-58
Time of Possession 25:48 34:12
North Carolina State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
B. Finley 27 40 271 2 0
North Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Maye 29 49 233 1 1
North Carolina State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Allen 12 53 4.4 0
J. Houston 8 30 3.8 0
J. Chambers 2 2 1.0 1
B. Finley 2 -10 -5.0 0
North Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
E. Green 24 83 3.5 1
D. Maye 14 32 2.3 1
O. Hampton 2 3 1.5 0
North Carolina State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Carter 6 130 21.7 1
T. Timmons Jr. 1 28 28.0 1
K. Lesane 4 27 6.8 0
C. Seabrough 2 27 13.5 0
P. Rooks 3 20 6.7 0
M. Allen 3 20 6.7 0
J. Houston 2 10 5.0 0
D. Jones 3 7 2.3 0
T. Thomas 2 2 1.0 0
C. Zavala 1 0 0.0
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North Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Green 8 67 8.4 1
J. Downs 6 51 8.5 0
B. Nesbit 3 32 10.7 0
J. Jones 3 31 10.3 0
E. Green 4 20 5.0 0
K. Morales 2 19 9.5 0
D. Jones 1 8 8.0 0
G. Blackwell 1 4 4.0 0
J. Copenhaver 1 1 1.0 0
North Carolina State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Ingle 1 0
North Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
North Carolina State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Noonkester 7 319 45.6
North Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Kiernan 7 301 43.0
North Carolina State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Thomas 4 43 10.8
North Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Downs 1 12 12.0
North Carolina State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Gray 2 50 25.0
North Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
G. Pettaway 1 25 25.0
North Carolina State Missed FG
Player Length
C. Dunn 43
North Carolina Missed FG
Player Length
N. Burnette 27
N. Burnette 35




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