Web Run: NC State picks off a win

Maybe Calvin Johnson actually is sort of human. Or maybe N.C. State was just way overdue to catch a break. Whatever the case, State survived what would have been a heartbreaking last-second touchdown pass when the ball tipped off the hands of Johnson -- Georgia Tech's all-everything wide receiver -- and into the arms of Wolfpack safety Garland Heath, preserving a dramatic 17-14 win for State.

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"They found a way to win. They found a way to win a close football game, away from home. - NCSU coach Chuck Amato



N.C. State picks off a win
Jim Young * News & Record
Maybe Calvin Johnson actually is sort of human. Or maybe N.C. State was just way overdue to catch a break. Whatever the case, State survived what would have been a heartbreaking last-second touchdown pass when the ball tipped off the hands of Johnson -- Georgia Tech's all-everything wide receiver -- and into the arms of Wolfpack safety Garland Heath, preserving a dramatic 17-14 win for State. The win was important on several fronts for the Wolfpack (1-2 ACC, 2-2 overall). It was the first win for State at Georgia Tech (1-2, 3-2) since 1988 and the first win for the Wolfpack after four straight losses to the Yellow Jackets. The victory also broke a six-game conference losing streak and finally gave State a win in a close game, after so many gut-wrenching losses. Read More

State-Georgia Tech Observations
Andrew Jones * Star-News
Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. And right now, N.C. State will take luck over good. The Wolfpack's 17-14 victory at Georgia Tech likely took more out of its fans than its two previous losses. The possible reality that N.C. State could fall to 0-3 in the ACC and lose its seventh straight conference game, and do so with more penalties and a wilting defense, would have sent many supporters over the edge. Read More



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