Scores

Final

North Carolina 27

(3-7, 2-4 ACC)

NC State 31

(5-5, 3-3 ACC)

12:00 PM ET, November 10, 2007

Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

1 2 3 4 T
UNC 0 10 7 1027
NCST 10 14 0 731

Top Performers

Passing: D. Evans (NCST) - 229 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Eugene (NCST) - 32 CAR, 159 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: M. Stone (NCST) - 6 REC, 68 YDS, 1 TD

N.C. State 31, North Carolina 27

Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Jamelle Eugene ran for three touchdowns, including the go-ahead 1-yarder with 1:41 left, to help North Carolina State hold off North Carolina 31-27 in a wild finish Saturday.

Eugene finished with 159 yards rushing for the Wolfpack (5-5, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), who won their fourth straight game overall and ended a three-game losing streak in the instate rivalry. Daniel Evans also threw for a score as N.C. State blew a 17-point first-half lead before forcing a late turnover to set up Eugene's final score.

The Tar Heels (3-7, 2-4) certainly made it interesting after a terrible start, returning two interceptions for long touchdowns and getting a 50-yard fullback pass as their only offensive score of the game. But they couldn't answer Eugene's final plunge, driving all the way to N.C. State's 7-yard line with 6.9 seconds left before coming up empty when T.J. Yates couldn't connect with Hakeem Nicks in the end zone on fourth down.

Charles Brown returned an interception 92 yards for a touchdown and Kendric Burney returned one 76 yards for a 27-24 lead in the fourth quarter for North Carolina, which was eliminated from bowl contention in its first season under Butch Davis.

N.C. State, meanwhile, is suddenly surging after looking like little more than a lost cause a month ago. And once Yates' final pass fell incomplete, the Wolfpack celebrated on the sideline before running to the packed student section once the horn finally sounded.

But it almost turned into a morale-crunching loss. Brown's interception return in the first half gave the Tar Heels life after trailing 17-0, and Burney's grab-and-run of a bobbled pass put North Carolina ahead with 9:40 to play. Then, after North Carolina forced a three-and-out, the Tar Heels were in position to work on the clock and increase their lead.

But Willie Young managed to pressure Yates in the pocket, hitting his arm and knocking the ball into the waiting arms of DeMario Pressley. That put the Wolfpack at North Carolina's 25-yard line with 5:38 left, starting a slow march that ended when Eugene found an opening on the right side to put N.C. State ahead for good.

Located about 30 minutes apart, the schools were meeting for the 97th time in a rivalry that has remained intense even as both struggled to reach bowl games in recent years. Last year's game proved as much; a one-win North Carolina team that had already announced John Bunting was out as coach at the end of the season beat N.C. State, a loss that helped lead to the firing of Chuck Amato at his alma mater.

Both teams emerged with established names -- North Carolina landed Davis, the former Miami coach, while N.C. State lured Tom O'Brien away from Boston College -- and headed into the rivalry game with new coaches for the first time in 73 years.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNC
NCST
1st Downs1324
Total Yards303396
Passing291229
Rushing12167
Penalties6-402-15
3rd Down Conversions2-148-17
4th Down Conversions2-30-0
Turnovers22
Possession24:3635:24

Passing Leaders

North CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Yates22/422415.702
North Carolina StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Evans26/422295.512

Rushing Leaders

North CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
White8101.305
Elzy4102.509
North Carolina StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Eugene321595.0318
Underwood4358.8015

Receiving Leaders

North CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Tate26834.0150
Foster46315.8038
North Carolina StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Stone66811.3119
Bowens45112.8040

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNCNCST
FG09:58Steven Hauschka 40 Yd 03
TD03:13Jamelle Eugene 4 Yd Run (Steven Hauschka Kick) 010
SECOND QUARTERUNCNCST
TD12:13Jamelle Eugene 5 Yd Run (Steven Hauschka Kick) 017
TD09:37Charles Brown 92 Yd Interception Return (Connor Barth Kick) 717
FG06:31Connor Barth 47 Yd 1017
TD03:02Marcus Stone 14 Yd Pass From Daniel Evans (Steven Hauschka Kick) 1024
THIRD QUARTERUNCNCST
TD08:05Brandon Tate 50 Yd Pass From Bobby Rome (Connor Barth Kick) 1724
FOURTH QUARTERUNCNCST
FG14:55Connor Barth 27 Yd 2024
TD09:40Kendric Burney 76 Yd Interception Return (Connor Barth Kick) 2724
TD01:41Jamelle Eugene 1 Yd Run (Steven Hauschka Kick) 2731