NC State rebounds after 2 losses for 17-14 win over Boston College

BOSTON (AP) – Nyheim Hines had a 50-yard scoring run midway through the fourth quarter, and North Carolina State rebounded from two tough losses against high-ranked teams with a 17-14 victory over Boston College on Saturday.

Jaylen Samuels added an 8-yard scoring run for the Wolfpack (7-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). They had lost to third-ranked Notre Dame and No. 4 Clemson, respectively, the previous two weeks.

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Quarterback Ryan Finley completed 13 of 32 passes for 146 yards for NC State.

AJ Dillon carried 36 times for 196 yards, going over 1,000 yards to set a school-freshman record for rushing yards for the Eagles (5-5, 3-4), who had their three-game winning streak stopped.

Thadd Smith had a 12-yard TD run for the Eagles, who lost starting quarterback Anthony Brown with a right leg injury early in the second quarter after he crumpled to the ground in pain when he was untouched on a cut. His right knee appeared to buckle.

BC led 14-10 after Smith’s run, but Hines went down the right sideline for the game-winning score.

The Eagles had a chance to tie it with just under five minutes to play, but a bad snap spoiled their chance for a 39-yard field goal attempt. Holder Jeff Smith rolled out and fired an incomplete pass near the goal line.

BC had linebacker Kyle Bletzer recovered a lateral from Samuels at the Wolfpack 23 before Smith scored on a jet-sweep four plays later.

Kyle Bambard’s 41-yard field goal with three seconds left in the opening half gave NC State a 10-7 edge after Tyrone Riley blocked a punt.

BC had moved ahead on Dillon’s 66-yard score, but the Wolfpack marched 87 yards in 11 plays on the ensuing drive to tie it on Samuels’ run.

THE TAKEAWAY

North Carolina State: The Wolfpack have reached five conference wins for the first time in seven seasons. With very winnable games in their next two, they have a chance for a very nice season and a quality bowl.

Boston College: The Eagles will likely have to find a way to overcome the loss of Brown to become bowl-eligible for the second straight season. . They failed to post their first four-game winning streak under fifth-year coach Steve Addazio, the first since 2010.

THAT WAS UNUSUAL

Addazio called timeout three consecutive times just before Bambard kicked the 41-yarder.

Bambard made all three – though it didn’t count – and made the fourth when it did.

Bambard did miss three others in the game – from 36, 37 and 54-yards.

UP NEXT

North Carolina State: At Wake Forest next Saturday night.

Boston College: The road team against Connecticut next Saturday night, though the game is being played about 3 ½ miles away at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

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