NC State, UNC football game: rivals meet at Carter-Finley

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NC State tries to stay home perfect. Meanwhile, UNC is on the hunt for its first road win. Something must give way at the 111th meeting between the rivals of Tobacco Road.

The Wolfpack (8-3, 5-2) lost two in a row to Sam Howell and the Tar Heels (6-5, 3-4), but NC State is playing with a lot at stake. The Pack has been perfect at home this season, and it’s senior day at Carter-Finley. A win could keep hope for a 10-game winning season and a trip to the CCA title game.

The Tar Heels would love to ruin all of these things for NC State.

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UNC 24, NC STATUS 21: END OF THIRD QUARTER

North Carolina dominated the third quarter, but NC State scored late to regain momentum. Sam Howell rushed for one score and threw another as the Heels climbed to 10. The Pack responded when Devin Leary found Thayer Thomas for a 26-yard scoreline.

LEARY TO THOMAS

In third and nine, Devin Leary threw at Thayer Thomas, who broke a tackle and pushed his way into the end zone for a 26-yard touchdown.

UNC SCORE 24 RIGHTS

After falling behind 14-0, UNC scored 24 unanswered to move up 10 to NC State. Sam Howell threw a 17-yard touchdown at Justin Olsen for his first touchdown pass of the night.

SAM HOWELL STRIKES AGAIN

After the UNC defense forced a turnaround to start the second half, Sam Howell scored his second rushing touchdown of the day, this time from 12 yards. Ricky Person fumbled for NC State in the third and 19th and the Heels took advantage five times later.

NC STATUS 14, UNC 10: HALF TIME

North Carolina scored 14 unanswered in the second quarter and limited NC State to 87 yards in three series in the second quarter. Sam Howell started, leading UNC to two scoring drives to get closer to four.

SAM HOWELL FINDS PAY DIRT

UNC capitalized on their best starting position on the court, as well as a pass interference call against NC State, and came back on the board in the second quarter. Sam Howell came in from four yards for the first touchdown of the day for the Heels.

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North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell (7) scores on a four-yard run in the second quarter against NC State on Friday November 26, 2021 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC Robert Willett [email protected]

GOOD ATKINS FIELD GOOD

Grayson Atkins kicked a 22-yard field goal after the North Carolina State defense stopped Sam Howell on a 3rd and 2. Atkins’ kick capped a seven-plaus and 70 yards.

NC STATUS 14, UNC 0: END OF FIRST QUARTER

NC State blocked a punt and went on a long scoring campaign to take a 14-0 lead over UNC. Both teams tallied for 102 yards after a quarter play. Sixty-three of North Carolina’s yards came on two running plays. The seven-play Wolfpack, 64 yards for his first offensive touchdown of the day. NC State blocked a punt and recovered it in the end zone for the first score of the night.

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NC State running back Ricky Person Jr. (8) escapes a tackle by North Carolina Giovanni Biggers (27) during the first half of the NC States game against UNC at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC on Friday 26 November 2021. Ethan Hyman [email protected]

DEVIN LEARY AT TRENT PENNIX

NC State quarterback Devin Leary found tight end Trent Pennix for a 9-yard touchdown pass to give the Pack a 14-0 lead. It was the 32nd touchdown pass of the season for Leary.

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NC State linebacker Jaylon Scott (2) sacks North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell (7) during the first half of the NC States game against UNC at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC , Friday November 26, 2021. Ethan Hyman [email protected]

SPECIAL TEAMS ARE SPECIAL, AGAIN

The NC State defense forced a three-and-out and Jordan Houston blocked the UNC punt attempt. CJ Riley recovered the ball in the end zone for a score. It was the fourth special teams touchdown this season for the Pack.

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NC States Jordan Houston (3) blocks the North Carolinas punt Ben Kiernan (91) during the first half of the NC States game against UNC at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC on Friday November 26, 2021 Ethan Hyman [email protected]

This story was originally published 26 November 2021 6:50 pm.

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Sports reporter Jonas Pope IV has covered college recruiting, high school sports, NC Central, NC State and the ACC for The Herald-Sun and The News & Observer.


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