GAMEDAY College Football

North Carolina State 21, East Carolina 20

By AARON BEARD
AP Sports Writer

GREENVILLE, N.C. - No. 13 North Carolina State topped East Carolina 21-20 after the Pirates missed an extra point with 2:58 left and a 41-yard field goal with 5 seconds to go.

The Pirates (0-1) were in position to hand the Wolfpack a surprising loss when they got the ball back late down 21-20, not to mention offer Owen Daffer a shot at redemption after he pulled the tying PAT wide left after Rahjai Harris' short touchdown run.

Holton Ahlers' keeper set Daffer up with a makeable field goal in the final seconds, but he missed this one wide right to stun a once-rowdy crowd and leave many fans putting their hands on their heads in disbelief.

The Wolfpack (1-0) celebrated the miss, with Shyheim Battle emphatically waving that the kick was no good while coach Dave Doeren pumped his right fist.

Still, the moment appeared to be more about relief than jubilation for a team that had a long list of troubles in its latest bumpy trip to Greenville.

This time, at least, it all came in a win.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NCSUECU
ECU TD 10:03 C.J. Johnson 39 yard TD pass from Holton Ahlers (Owen Daffer Extra Point) 0 7
NCSU TD 2:40 Thayer Thomas 12 yard TD pass from Devin Leary (Christopher Dunn Extra Point) 7 7
NCSU TD 1:34 Sean Brown 0 yard blocked punt return for TD (Christopher Dunn Extra Point) 14 7
Second Quarter NCSUECU
NCSU TD 1:09 Demie Sumo-Karngbaye 24 yard TD run (Christopher Dunn Extra Point) 21 7
Third Quarter NCSUECU
ECU TD 5:17 Shane Calhoun 1 yard TD pass from Holton Ahlers (Owen Daffer Extra Point) 21 14
Fourth Quarter NCSUECU
ECU TD 2:58 Rahjai Harris 3 yard TD run (Owen Daffer Kick Failed) 21 20
Team Stats
  North Carolina State East Carolina
First downs 18 18
  Rushing 7 4
  Passing 11 12
  Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Efficiency 4-13, 31% 9-17, 53%
4th down efficiency 1-2, 50% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 32-133 27-118
Passing Yards 211 265
Return Yards 76 125
Completions-Attempts-Int 17-33-1 25-41-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts 6 6
Fumbles Lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties - Yards 8-73 2-20
North Carolina State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Leary 17 33 211 1 1
East Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Ahlers 25 41 265 2 2
North Carolina State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Sumo-Karngbaye 14 79 5.6 1
J. Houston 15 55 3.7 0
D. Leary 2 1 0.5 0
East Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
H. Ahlers 5 57 11.4 0
K. Mitchell 10 36 3.6 0
R. Harris 12 25 2.1 1
North Carolina State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Thomas 4 58 14.5 1
D. Carter 2 32 16.0 0
D. Jones 2 30 15.0 0
J. Houston 3 25 8.3 0
T. Pennix 2 25 12.5 0
K. Lesane 1 24 24.0 0
D. Sumo-Karngbaye 1 6 6.0 0
J. Gray 1 6 6.0 0
C. Toudle 1 5 5.0 0
East Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Johnson 6 90 15.0 1
I. Winstead 6 58 9.7 0
K. Mitchell 3 35 11.7 0
J. Johnson 2 31 15.5 0
R. Jones 4 22 5.5 0
K. King 1 12 12.0 0
S. Calhoun 2 9 4.5 1
R. Harris 1 8 8.0 0
North Carolina State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
S. Battle 1 27
T. Baker-Williams 1 0
East Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Wilson 1 34
North Carolina State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
S. McDonough 6 265 44.2
East Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
L. Larsen 5 212 42.4
North Carolina State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Thomas 1 18 18.0
East Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Fleming 4 29 7.3
North Carolina State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Gray 2 31 15.5
East Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Mitchell 3 49 16.3
M. Fleming 1 13 13.0
North Carolina State Missed FG
Player Length
East Carolina Missed FG
Player Length
O. Daffer 41




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