NC State’s comeback falls short as Boston College wins 21-14

North Carolina State running back Matthew Dayes (21) reaches for a pass as Boston College linebacker Matt Milano (28) defends during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. The pass was incomplete on the play. Boston College won 21-14. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
North Carolina State running back Matthew Dayes (21) reaches for a pass as Boston College linebacker Matt Milano (28) defends during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. The pass was incomplete on the play. Boston College won 21-14. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Running back Davon Jones threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Sweeney with 4:43 left, and Boston College earned its first Atlantic Coast Conference victory since 2014 by beating North Carolina State 21-14 on Saturday.

North Carolina State running back Matthew Dayes (21) reaches for a pass as Boston College linebacker Matt Milano (28) defends during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016. The pass was incomplete on the play. Boston College won 21-14. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
NC State running back Matthew Dayes (21) reaches for a pass as Boston College linebacker Matt Milano (28) defends during the second half  in Raleigh on Saturday.  (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) CLICK ON PHOTO TO ENLARGE

Patrick Towles was 18 of 33 for 204 yards to help the Eagles (4-4, 1-4) snap a 12-game league losing streak and earn their first conference victory since they beat Syracuse 23 months ago.

What’s statistically the worst offense in the ACC outgained N.C. State 386-338, held a 168-31 advantage in yards rushing and used some trickery to take the lead for good.

Towles took a shotgun snap and handed off to Jones, who headed toward the right side before stopping and tossing to Sweeney. Towles then hit Sweeney for the 2-point conversion that made it a seven-point game.

Ryan Finley had a career-best 307 yards passing with two touchdowns – a 79-yard catch-and-run to Bra’Lon Cherry, and a 23-yard score to Kelvin Harmon – but threw two interceptions for N.C. State (4-4, 1-3).

The Wolfpack had a first-and-goal at the Boston College 2 yard line before Finley’s pass to Stephen Louis in the end zone was picked off by Kamrin Moore with just 1:35 to play.

The teams used big plays to trade the lead during the second quarter. N.C. State went up 7-3 on Cherry’s long catch-and-run before BC countered with Jeff Smith’s 60-yard touchdown run on a receiver sweep to put the Eagles back up by three.

THE TAKEAWAY

Boston College: The streak is over. The Eagles kept finding ways to lose conference games, following up last year’s 0-for-the-ACC with four league losses this year – two by blowout, two much closer. This was unquestionably a step forward for a program trying to claw back to relevance in a top-heavy division.

N.C. State: The Wolfpack couldn’t get anything going on the ground, finishing with 31 yards rushing a week after setting a season low with 14 yards on the ground against No. 5 Louisville. N.C. State didn’t crack positive rushing yards in this one until there were about 6 minutes left in the third quarter.

UP NEXT

Boston College: Plays host to No. 5 Louisville on Saturday.

N.C. State: Gets its last chance to knock off a ranked Atlantic Division opponent Saturday when No. 12 Florida State visits.

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