Canes fall to N.C. State

The Hurricanes dropped their second straight game on Saturday afternoon when N.C. State defeated them by the score of 38-28.

The Hurricanes were unable to overcome four interceptions on offense, as N.C. State (6-6) took advantage of those turnovers by Miami (7-5). The Wolfpack became bowl eligible by defeating the Canes by the score of 31-21.

N.C. State freshman quarterback Russell Wilson went to work right away. After a Matt Bosher punt pinned the Wolfpack inside their own five yard line, Wilson and the rest of his offense went to work. He directed a 96-yard touchdown drive to take a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter. Wilson threw for 219 yards and two scores and added 58 yards and a score on the ground.

After the teams traded punts, the Canes got on the scoreboard when Robert Marve found tight end Dedrick Epps over the middle for a 69-yard touchdown pass. That made it a 7-7 game heading into the second quarter. Epps was Miami's leading receiver for the second straight game, catching four passes for 100 yards.

After a Brandon Harris interception, the Hurricanes drove down the field and took the lead with a Javarris James one-yard touchdown. James finished the game with 16 carries for 65 yards and two scores.

After falling behind 14-7, Wilson scored on a 29-yard touchdown run on a 2nd-and-26 play. That made the score 14-14 and the Wolfpack were able to add another field goal just before halftime to make it 17-14.

The Canes were unable to make the necessary halftime adjustments that they've done so well all season on defense. N.C. State opened the third quarter with another scoring drive. That made it 20-14.

Following another James touchdown from a yard out in the third quarter to give Miami a 21-20 lead, the Wolfpack went on a 17-0 run to make the score 38-21 with under three minutes left.

Jacory Harris found LaRon Byrd for a 25-yard touchdown strike with under a minute left to cut the lead to 10. A successful onside kick attempt by Bosher set the Canes up again before Marve was intercepted again. Marve finished the game 9-for-12 for 131 yards, one touchdown, and two picks. Harris went 12-for-20 for 137 yards, one touchdown, and two scores.

The loss gave the Hurricanes its second in a row after losing to Georgia Tech last week. It pushed Miami's record in November to 2-6 under second year coach Randy Shannon.

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