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No. 18 NC State takes on Miami — Live Blog: Miami upsets NC State

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N.C. State heads to South Florida to take on Miami in ACC action.

The Wolfpack (5-1, 2-0) is on a four-game winning streak heading into tonight’s contest. The Hurricanes have dropped two in a row.

Follow News & Observer N.C. State beat writer Jonas Pope IV for live updates.

Victory formation

Tyler Van Dyke knelt twice on the ball to bleed the clock to nothing, ending the game and handing the Wolfpack their second loss of the season, and first in the ACC.

Miami’s clutch first down

After two terrible plays that lost yardage, Tyler Van Dyke struck for a big gain up the middle to his tight end to earn a first down for the Canes, taking the clock to the two-minute warning. They then ran a play at 2:01, that ate 11 seconds ans then the clock bleed began. Miami took a timeout with 1:07 to play, facing a 2nd and 7 at the Wolfpack 34.

Poorly timed 3-and-out

After taking over at their own 44 with 3:46 to play and timeouts to spare, NC State tried a deep shot down the left sideline, followed by a pair of passes short of the sticks, one of which was again dropped. On fourth down, the Pack went for it, completed the pass but again fell short of the marker, turning the ball back over on downs, trailing by one with 2:49 to play in the fourth quarter.

The defense shows up

The N.C. State defense made a huge stand in the latter stages of the fourth. Miami set up with a first-and-10 at their own 11. They lost five yards over three plays and punted, sending the Pack back to their 44, with 3:46 to play.

Miami 31, NC State 30

After a late field goal — on a second try after a running-into-the-kicker penalty — the Wolfpack pulled to within a point of the Hurricanes.

Miami 24, NC State 20: End of third quarter

Miami scored 10 points and N.C. State got a Chris Dunn field goal as we head to the fourth quarter. The Wolfpack used a fake punt on fourth and seven, picking up 40 yards on a Trent Pennix run for a spark.

Dunn hits second field goal

Chris Dunn hit his second field goal of the day, this time from 44-yards to pull the Wolfpack to within one, 21-20, with 7:09 remaining in the third quarter.

N.C. State recovers fumble on punt, but overturned

Anthony Smith forced a Miami fumble and recovered it on the six. Miami’s Jacolby George fumbled the ball twice on the play after it was stripped by Smith. The Canes were also called for two flags on the play. Smith’s helmet came off during the recovery, but he kept playing, which is illegal. Since Miami was called for a flag, the penalties offset and they had to replay fourth down.

Miami covers 75-yards to start second half

It didn’t take Miami long to retake the lead, covering 75-yards in 1:36. On fourth and five, Cory Durden was called for offsides on the Miami field goal attempt, giving them new life. On the next play, Tyler Van Dyke threw a 5-yard score to Dominic Mammarelli. Miami leads 21-17.

NC State 17, Miami 14: Halftime

Devin Leary led N.C. State on a 77-yard touchdown drive in 32 seconds as the Wolfpack took the lead for the first time. Leary hit Thayer Thomas for a 27-yard score to cap off the three-play drive. Leary hit Emeka Emezie for a 46-yard strike on second and six to move the ball into Miami territory.

The N.C. State defense stopped Miami on a third and one, forcing a punt. The Pack received the ball on the 23-yard line and Leary hit Emezie for a gain on four on first down, setting up the final two passes that covered 73.

N.C. State’s defense gave up 151 yards on the Canes two two scoring drives, but only 49 on the other five drives.

Leary threw for 214 yards in the first half and two scores.

NC State gets its first touchdown

Devin Leary led N.C. State on a 75-yard touchdown drive, capped off by a 7-yard touchdown pass to Thayer Thomas. The Pack trailed the Hurricanes 14-10 after the score.

N.C. State wide receiver Thayer Thomas (5) pulls in a seven-yard touchdown reception during the first half of N.C. States game against Miami at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Miami cornerback Te’Cory Couch (23) defends.
N.C. State wide receiver Thayer Thomas (5) pulls in a seven-yard touchdown reception during the first half of N.C. States game against Miami at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Miami cornerback Te’Cory Couch (23) defends.

Canes strike on first possession of second quarter

Tyler Van Dyke found running back Jaylan Knighton all alone on a wheel route for a 53-yard touchdown on 4th and 1. The score put the Canes up 14-3, capping off a six-play, 76-yard drive.

Miami 7, NC State 3: End of first quarter

Miami went on a 75-yard drive to start the game, but only had 90 yards at the end of the first quarter. N.C. State’s best drive ended in a Chris Dunn field goal as Miami moved into scoring range to end the opening quarter.

NC State on the board

Chris Dunn connected on a 33-yard field goal to cap off a 52-yard drive to get N.C. State on the board.

Isaiah Moore injured on play

On Miami’s first run play of the game, the N.C. State defense came up with stop after a one yard gain, but may miss a big part of their defense the rest of the game. Linebacker Isaiah Moore was clutching his knee after the play and was helped off the field by trainers.

On the broadcast, it was reported that Moore was seen entering and exiting the medical tent, apparently testing out, or touching, his left knee.

N.C. State linebacker Isaiah Moore (1) is helped off the field during the first half of N.C. States game against Miami at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021.
N.C. State linebacker Isaiah Moore (1) is helped off the field during the first half of N.C. States game against Miami at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021.

Pass happy Canes strike first

Miami passed the ball on every play of their opening drive. Tyler Van Dyke went 5-8 for 65 yards, the final 25 to Charleston Rambo for the score.



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