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NC State’s defense gets 8 sacks in 16-10 win over Syracuse

College football: Wolfpack wins Thursday night game

Syracuse’s Abdul Adams (23) is upended by North Carolina State’s Tyler Baker-Williams (13) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

By AARON BEARD AP Sports Writer
RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina State’s defense battered Syracuse quarterback Tommy DeVito for eight sacks, including one by Larrell Murchison in the final seconds to seal a 16-10 win Thursday night.
The Wolfpack (4-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) led all night and by as much as 16-0 in the third quarter before having to come up with a final stop to maintain its hold on the win.
DeVito connected with Trishton Jackson for a 2-yard touchdown with 3 minutes left for Syracuse (3-3, 0-2), then the Orange forced an immediate three-and-out to get the ball back with a chance to win.
But that drive only got a few yards past midfield before Murchison brought down DeVito on a third down. Syracuse had no timeouts as time dwindled then was called for a false start penalty with 2 seconds left, causing a clock runoff to end the game.
“I thought we showed a lot of stamina at the end, getting that sack to close out the game,” Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said. “The defensive staff I thought really put together a great gameplan and the kids executed it well.”
N.C. State’s defensive showing bought plenty of cover for the Wolfpack’s offense under quarterback Bailey Hockman, who came out a winner in his first start despite leading an offense that lacked any big-play potential.
N.C. State’s only touchdown came on a double-pass, with receiver Thayer Thomas connecting downfield with Trent Pennix for a 32-yard score shortly before halftime. Hockman’s first two drives ended in field goals from Christopher Dunn, who added another kick in the third quarter for the Wolfpack’s 16-0 lead.
“They were well-prepared after the break, and we’ve got to find a way to regroup,” Syracuse coach Dino Babers said.
THE TAKEAWAY
Syracuse: The Orange had at least regrouped from lopsided losses to Maryland and then-No. 1 Clemson with blowout wins against Western Michigan and Holy Cross, though they had been dealing with numerous injury concerns. That included DeVito, who left the last game early in the fourth with an upper-body injury — then took a beating in this one behind an offensive line that struggled to block anyone. DeVito gutted it out to give the Orange a chance late, though they managed just 41 yards rushing on 37 attempts (1.1 per carry).
N.C. State: The Wolfpack emerged from an open date with a new quarterback and plenty of practice reps to fix problems from the losses to West Virginia and Florida State. It was good enough on this night to win, though Hockman completed just 16 of 27 passes for 205 yards with an interception.
UP NEXT
Syracuse: The Orange host Pittsburgh in a cross-divisional league game next Friday.
N.C. State: Boston College hosts the Wolfpack on Oct. 19.
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