Raleigh, NC (AP) North Carolina State’s defense battered Syracuse quarterback Tommy DeVito for eight sacks, including one by Larrell Murchison in the final seconds to seal a 16-10 win Thursday night.
The Wolfpack (4-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) led all night and by as much as 16-0 in the third quarter before having to come up with a final stop to maintain its hold on the win.
DeVito connected with Trishton Jackson for a 2-yard touchdown with 3 minutes left for Syracuse (3-3, 0-2), then the Orange forced an immediate three-and-out to get the ball back with a chance to win.
But that drive only got a few yards past midfield before Murchison brought down DeVito on a third down. Syracuse had no timeouts as time dwindled then was called for a false start penalty with 2 seconds left, causing a clock runoff to end the game.
N.C. State’s only touchdown came on a double-pass, with receiver Thayer Thomas connecting downfield with Trent Pennix for a 32-yard score shortly before halftime. Quarterback Bailey Hockman’s first two drives ended in field goals from Christopher Dunn, who added another kick in the third quarter for the Wolfpack’s 16-0 lead.
Syracuse returns home Friday night, October 18th, when the Orange will host Pittsburgh. Kick off at the Carrier Dome is 7:00.