BLACKSBURG, Virginia (Ticker) -- North Carolina State no longer
is all about offense.
Sparked by a defense that registered 10 sacks, the Wolfpack
escaped with a 17-16 victory over Virginia Tech in an Atlantic
Coast Conference matchup.
Last season, the Wolfpack (2-1, 1-0 ACC) were built around one
of the nation's best offenses led by record-setting quarterback
Philip Rivers. But with many new faces on offense, the
Wolfpack's defense is carrying the load.
In last week's 22-14 home loss to Ohio State, the Wolfpack
surrendered just 137 total yards. They gave up 192 yards in this
one, but constantly were in the Hokies' backfield to frustrate
quarterback Bryan Randall.
Despite the Hokies' struggles, they were in position to win the
contest but sophomore Brandon Pace missed a 43-yard field goal
on the game's final play. He also missed a 33-yard attempt in
the first quarter and punter Vinnie Burns fumbled a snap deep in
his own territory in the third quarter.
Burns' miscue led to quarterback Marcus Stone's one-yard
touchdown run that snapped a 10-10 tie. Pace kicked field goals
of 32 and 37 yards in the fourth quarter.
T.A. McClendon rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown for the
Wolfpack, who still are looking to replace Rivers. The
combination of Stone and Jay Davis went 6-of-17 for 78 yards and
Randall threw a four-yard touchdown pass to John Kinzer in the
second quarter for the Hokies (2-2, 1-1).
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