RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Nyheim Hines rushed for 115 yards and a touchdown, Jaylen Samuels and Reggie Gallaspy each ran for a score as well, and North Carolina State held off a late rally to beat Syracuse 33-25 on Saturday afternoon.
The Wolfpack (4-1, 2-0 ACC) racked up 256 rushing yards and never trailed en route to their fourth consecutive win. They began conference play 2-0 for the first time since 2006 with the victory.
Ryan Finley completed 20 of 33 passes for 186 yards and threw a 20-yard touchdown to Stephen Louis. Samuels racked up 111 total yards, 74 rushing and 37 receiving.
N.C. State scored on its first five possessions and led 26-7 at halftime. The Orange (2-3, 0-1 ACC) rallied to cut the deficit to 26-17 in the fourth quarter, but the Wolfpack put it away with a 10-play, 65-yard drive capped by Hines’ 1-yard touchdown run.
Eric Dungey tried to rally Syracuse back with a touchdown pass and two-point conversion run to make it a 33-25 game with 4:39 to go, but it was too little, too late. N.C. State’s Cole Cook recovered the Orange’s onside kick attempt and the Wolfpack ran out the clock, including a key 4th-and-1 conversion on a quarterback sneak by Finley.
Dungey passed for 385 yards and ran for 44 yards and two scores for Syracuse. Ervin Philips made 17 catches for 188 yards, both career-highs, and Steve Ishmael made six catches for 120 yards and a touchdown.
Syracuse hampered itself with 12 penalties for 93 yards. The Orange offensive line had a long day as well, allowing three sacks and nine tackles for a loss.
Syracuse: The Orange continue to struggle to get stops defensively. They have allowed 34.8 points per game against FBS foes this year, including 30-plus points in back-to-back weeks.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack showed no sign of a hangover from last week’s upset of then-No. 12 Florida State. They jumped out to a big early lead and never let the Orange get the ball back in a position to tie or take the lead.
Syracuse: The Orange return home to face Pittsburgh after back-to-back road games.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack have a short week and host No. 17 Louisville on Thursday.