NC State bookended its performance Saturday with two good quarters, and sometimes that’s enough. Pittsburgh was the better team for a lot of the game, especially those middle two quarters, but the Panthers also settled for two field goals in the red zone, which is an excellent way to squander a game in which you’re out-playing your opponent.
The Wolfpack didn’t mess around when it got into the red zone, and that made the difference. Also, the clutch execution on that last drive made a difference. That was impressive work from start to finish from the offense, and Devin Leary didn’t seem bothered at all by the circumstances.
Leary made good throws in those final 90 seconds, and his receivers were there for him to make those passes matter. Thayer Thomas and Emeka Emezie both were outstanding on the drive, and Cary Angeline had an excellent catch down the seam for a big chunk. You can’t do the two-minute drill a whole lot better than they did yesterday. Just great stuff across the board.