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Late field goal helps North Carolina State avoid FCS upset

Richmond NC State Football AP

North Carolina State nearly became the victim of an upset loss to an FCS program Saturday evening, but a field goal in the final minute of the game gave the Wolfpack a 23-21 victory.  Niklas Sade connected on a 48-yard field goal to give North Carolina the late lead to avoid disaster.

Richmond made one last effort to steal the win but the game ended on an incomplete pass from Richmond quarterback Michael Strauss, who passed for 300 yards and two touchdowns in the losing effort. North Carolina State turned the football over four times to allow Richmond opportunities to grab the upset bid, but North Carolina State’s defense held Richmond to just 22 rushing yards on 25 rushing attempts. Pete Thomas passed for 237 yards and completed 24 of 31 attempts but was intercepted twice. Bryant Shirreffs completed three pass attempts, including one for a touchdown midway through the third quarter for the Wolfpack.

Elsewhere, James Madison fell just short on the road at Akron. The Dukes had the ball and moved down in to what may have been considered field goal range but a final play was never called dead for forward progress and the final seconds on the clock expired, securing a 35-31 victory for Akron.

Down in SEC country, Samford has been giving Arkansas a tough time, but Arkansas has taken a 31-21 lead at the time of this posting in the fourth quarter.

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3 Responses to “Late field goal helps North Carolina State avoid FCS upset”
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  2. dmcgrann says: Sep 7, 2013 10:46 PM

    Perhaps the most significant aspect of the game was that Richmond lost their leading receiver, Ben Edwards, on the second series because of a head laceration he received after losing his helmet. Edwards has been, and should be, the go-to guy for the Spiders this year. The fact that the Spiders then proceeded to play the Wolfpack close speaks well of the Spiders.

  3. dmcgrann says: Sep 7, 2013 10:50 PM

    Oh, and New Hampshire came up just short against Central Michigan and Maine beat UMass. Looks like the CAA might get to enjoy some MACtion.

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