If you just saw the final score, you probably wouldn’t figure that NC State went into the fourth quarter with a three-point deficit, but it was a pretty confusing game for the majority. That the Wolfpack offense would struggle as badly as it did was a bit inexplicable, though things changed quickly in the fourth quarter.
Devin Leary and his receivers were essentially the sum total of the offense what with Louisville stone-walling the ground game all night. That didn’t look like it was going to be enough to turn this game around, but then Leary hit Trent Pennix on a nifty fake toss play for a 29-yard score. State re-claimed a lead it would not surrender again and the offense finally started looking comfortable.
After a fourth-down stop by the Wolfpack defense, Leary hit CJ Riley for his fourth touchdown pass of the night and put the game away.
Leary is up to 21 touchdown passes on the season, against just two interceptions. He hasn’t thrown a pick since the Mississippi State game back on Sept. 11—a string of six games. He’s also thrown for at least two touchdowns in all six of those games. Hell of a year he’s having.