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NC State trifles with UNC for too long but wakes up in 4th quarter and rolls, 33-21

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NCAA Football: North Carolina at North Carolina State Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

That was the most forgettable first half of NC State football that I can remember ... wait, wait what was that? ... ahem, anyway, despite a poor first half, and a bad third quarter, NC State woke up to roll UNC, 33-21. Mostly it wasn’t pretty, but it worked, and you damned well best believe we’ll take it.

NC State took an early 6-0 lead after stopping the Tar Heels on their first drive, but State also missed the extra point on that touchdown, which portended a poor half to come. UNC responded well, its credit, and led 14-12 at the break.

NC State’s offense did not inspire confidence out of halftime, but the defense kept the game centered until Nyheim Hines could take over. And Nyheim Hines was fantastic in the latter stages of the third quarter and the early parts of the fourth—his put together back-to-back explosive running plays to give State clearance from pressure and break this game open.

Hines ran well but it’s not fair to laud him without noting how well State’s offensive line played, even with Tony Adams out of the game. You can’t make the explosive plays on the second level without getting past the first, and the offensive line is responsible for the latter.

Hines scored twice on 50+-yard touchdown runs to break the zombie atmosphere in Carter-Finley and re-assert the universe’s proper state. Hines also crossed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season. He’s had a big year, and he put a nice capper on it.

We are 8-4 (6-2) and we’ll see you in Florida next month.