North Carolina State continued its tear of early season upsets last night, using three blocked punts and a stingy second-half defense to pull out a 23-20 victory over No. 17 Texas in the Black Coaches Association Classic in Austin.
Terrence Holt, younger brother of departed all-American wide receiver Torry Holt, blocked two punt that were converted into touchdowns for North Carolina State.
With the Wolfpack trailing 20-15 with 3 minutes 32 seconds left in the game, Holt sprinted in from the right side to get a piece of Ryan Long's punt. Eric Leak, who blocked a punt in the first half that led to a safety, picked up the loose ball and ran 48 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
With N.C. State leading 21-20, quarterback Jamie Barnette found Chris Coleman in the corner of the end zone for the two-point conversion.
Texas drove to midfield looking for a possible tying field goal, but came up short when Applewhite was stuffed on fourth and inches.
Texas played its first game in four years without Division I-A career rushing leader Ricky Williams. Applewhite passed for 316 yards and one touchdown and ran for one.
N.C. State pulled off its third early season upset in as many years after victories over Syracuse 1997 and Florida State in 1998. It also was N.C. State Coach Mike O'Cain's first victory over Texas Coach Mack Brown. O'Cain was 0-5 against Brown's North Carolina teams.
FLORIDA STATE 41, LA. TECH 7: Peter Warrick's slithering 20-yard touchdown run late in the first half broke a 7-7 tie as top-ranked Florida State overcame a sluggish start at home.
Warrick, who also caught nine passes for 121 yards, took a handoff from quarterback Chris Weinke and ran laterally across the field -- reversing direction twice to elude several Bulldogs defenders -- before racing upfield to the end zone to give the Seminoles a 14-7 lead 39 seconds before halftime.
Louisiana Tech was a last-minute substitute on the Florida State schedule for Auburn, which paid $500,000 to buy out of a two-year, home-and-home deal with the powerful Seminoles.
NOTRE DAME 48, KANSAS 13: The 18th-ranked Fighting Irish turned in a dominating second half after squandering a 20-0 first-half lead and survived three interceptions thrown by quarterback Jarious Jackson in winning the Eddie Robinson Classic in South Bend, Ind.
Kansas cut Notre Dame's lead to 20-13 after converting the first interception off Jackson into a 30-yard touchdown pass from Zac Wegner to Michael Chandler. Jackson's next pass was picked off and returned to the Notre Dame 33 on the third play of the second half.