Scores

Final

NC State 27

(3-6, 1-4 ACC)

Duke 17

(4-5, 1-4 ACC)

3:30 PM ET, November 8, 2008

Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC

1 2 3 4 T
NCST 10 14 3 027
DUKE 3 7 0 717

Top Performers

Passing: T. Lewis (DUKE) - 317 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: J. Eugene (NCST) - 11 CAR, 92 YDS

Receiving: J. Hollingsworth (DUKE) - 7 REC, 80 YDS, 1 TD

NC State edges Duke to end 4-game losing streak

Associated Press

DURHAM, N.C. -- Redshirt freshman Russell Wilson threw two touchdowns and matched a season high with 218 yards passing to help North Carolina State beat Duke 27-17 on Saturday and snap a four-game losing streak.

J.C. Neal returned a kickoff 89 yards for the go-ahead score for N.C. State (3-6, 1-4), which entered as the only team winless in Atlantic Coast Conference play but scored on its first four possessions to win the matchup of the league's two last-place teams.

Wilson finished 13-of-25 with scoring passes covering 2 yards to Anthony Hill and 32 yards to Jarvis Williams to help a Wolfpack offense that entered as one of the ACC's worst roll up 377 yards -- seven shy of the season high established during its last win, an overtime upset of then-No. 15 East Carolina on Sept. 20. N.C. State had become increasingly competitive in recent weeks, losing its last three by a combined 19 points.

Thaddeus Lewis was 37-of-52 for 317 yards with two touchdowns for Duke (4-5, 1-4), which had three plays from the 1-yard line on its opening drive of the second half but came away with no points. Then, on the first play of N.C. State's ensuing drive, linebacker Marcus Jones couldn't come up with a tricky interception in the end zone off the pass he deflected, and Jamelle Eugene took the next handoff up the middle 53 yards to further deflate the Blue Devils.

Duke -- which lost its second straight to an instate ACC rival yet already has won as many games as it did in the previous four seasons combined -- hasn't beaten N.C. State since 1993. This was the teams' first meeting since 2003 because of the ACC's rotating schedule and two-division format.

The Wolfpack made it worth the lengthy wait by answering Nick Maggio's game-tying 29-yard field goal late in the first quarter with some razzle-dazzle.

T.J. Graham fielded the kickoff at the 7-yard line and handed off to Neal at the 11, and the cornerback dashed untouched down the right sideline for a touchdown to make it 10-3.

The Wolfpack stretched its lead to two touchdowns on its next possession, with Wilson hitting Hill from 2 yards out two snaps after the two connected on the 89-yard drive's key play: Wilson eluded two would-be sackers on third-and-8 and found Hill, who caught it with cornerback Glenn Williams in his facemask, inside the 10.

Wilson then made it 24-10 late in the second quarter when he found Williams down the left sideline for his team-leading fourth touchdown of the season.

Josh Czajkowski capped N.C. State's opening drive with a 22-yard field goal, and he added a 32-yarder late in the third to make it 27-10.

Lewis' touchdown pass to Brett Huffman late in the second quarter briefly pulled Duke to 17-10. He added a 4-yard toss to Jay Hollingsworth in the final minutes.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NCST
DUKE
1st Downs1725
Total Yards377411
Passing218317
Rushing15994
Penalties6-425-48
3rd Down Conversions2-107-16
4th Down Conversions0-00-4
Turnovers00
Possession27:4332:17

Passing Leaders

North Carolina StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wilson13/252188.720
DukeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lewis37/523176.120

Rushing Leaders

North Carolina StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Eugene11928.4053
Brown15573.8014
DukeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis6416.8022
Hollingsworth7233.307

Receiving Leaders

North Carolina StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams26934.5137
Spencer35719.0023
DukeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Riley9899.9022
Hollingsworth78011.4123

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNCSTDUKE
FG09:17Josh Czajkowski 22 Yd 30
FG01:35Nick Maggio 29 Yd 33
TD01:22J.C. Neal 89 Yd Kickoff Return (Josh Czajkowski Kick) 103
SECOND QUARTERNCSTDUKE
TD07:01Anthony Hill 2 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Josh Czajkowski Kick) 173
TD05:41Brett Huffman 26 Yd Pass From Thaddeus Lewis (Nick Maggio Kick) 1710
TD02:59Jarvis Williams 32 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Josh Czajkowski Kick) 2410
THIRD QUARTERNCSTDUKE
FG00:19Josh Czajkowski 32 Yd 2710
FOURTH QUARTERNCSTDUKE
TD01:26Jay Hollingsworth 4 Yd Pass From Thaddeus Lewis (Nick Maggio Kick) 2717