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NC State survives mistake-riddled performance to beat Boston College, 28-23


Boston College v North Carolina State Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

NC State turned the ball over four times, had a field goal blocked, and a punt blocked that was recovered for a Boston College touchdown. In the vast majority of cases, that’s more than enough big mistakes to cost a game. In this one, the Wolfpack was able to hold on for a 28-23 victory.

The Wolfpack weathered a trio of turnovers in the first half to take a 21-3 lead into the break, because the Pack was absolutely dominant in general. The offense never once punted, and the defense shut down an AJ Dillon-less offense, preventing the Eagles from turning takeaways into significant momentum.

When NC State took a 28-3 lead late in the third quarter, the scoreboard finally appeared to be reflecting the disparity of play on the field. But of course these games never seem to end easily, do they?

Boston College scored 20 unanswered points, and if not for a very fortunate fumble recovery inside its own five, the Wolfpack may have blown this game entirely. As it was, BC didn’t quite have enough time, even with the blocked punt recovery that made it a one-score game for the first time since the second quarter.

NC State left a ton of points on the field this afternoon and mostly kept Boston College at arm’s length anyhow, which is the positive way of looking at this. But man oh man were the mistakes awful ones.

That BC still needed a furious rally late shows just how good NC State was when it wasn’t making cataclysmic mistakes. State finished with 533 yards of offense, to 307 for BC, and Ryan Finley responded to a pair of first-half interceptions—the first coming from inside the Eagles 10—to put together a brilliant performance.

Kelvin Harmon and Jakobi Meyers both had great afternoons, combining for 19 grabs and a couple scores, while the ground game piled up 225 yards at 4.2 per clip. There’s a lot to like, and I’m gonna try not to think too much about the errors today and just enjoy being undefeated.