North Carolina State 27,
Wake Forest 21
T.A. McLendon capped a rally from a 14-point deficit by running for an eight-yard touchdown in overtime, giving North Carolina State a 27-21 victory over visiting Wake Forest on Saturday.
After Matt Wisnosky missed a 34-yard field goal in the extra period for the Demon Deacons, McLendon ran three straight plays up the middle to move the Wolfpack to the 8. Coach Chuck Amato decided against going for a field goal on third down -- John Deraney already had missed two attempts -- and McLendon powered into the end zone.
McLendon finished with 139 yards and two touchdowns rushing.
The Wolfpack (3-1, 2-0 ACC) seemingly was out of it at the half, its top-ranked defense shredded for 180 yards to that point -- nearly 20 more than its average through three games. A one-yard touchdown by Micah Andrews and Marcus McGruder's 22-yard interception return gave Wake Forest its two-touchdown lead.
Booed during pregame introductions and again after every incompletion in the first half, N.C. State quarterback Jay Davis answered his critics with a brilliant second half. He threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Hicks to make it 14-7 barely 90 seconds into the third quarter, then added a 58-yard pass to Tramain Hall on the next possession to set up McLendon's 3-yard score to tie it.
Finally, Bobby Washington capped a 66-yard drive with the first touchdown of his college career, and N.C. State led 21-14.
Mercifully for the Demon Deacons (3-2, 0-2), the quarter finally ended, and they started the fourth with an 80-yard drive. Andrews bulled in from the 1 for his second touchdown, tying it at 21.
Behind Davis and McLendon, the Wolfpack moved all the way to the Wake Forest 10. Davis's pass for Hall was high on third down, and Deraney pushed a 27-yard attempt to the right with less than three minutes left.
In overtime, Wisnosky banged his kick off the left upright.