A miraculous ending in Raleigh and a closer-than-expected finish in Chapel Hill provided Triangle-area pigskin fans to a Saturday afternoon of great weather, tailgating, and college football action.
Hoops fans following both men’s and women’s teams from the area got some surprises and some bad news at the same time.
As the Thanksgiving holiday weekend nears an end, the transition from the gridiron to the hardwood is underway.
NC State comes back to earn 56-41 win over Maryland
The NC State Wolfpack roared back in setting a school-record comeback to beat the Maryland Terrapins 56-41 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh on Saturday.
Wolfpack quarterback Mike Glennon threw for a school-record tying six touchdowns (36-55, 306 yards) with the help of George Bryan, Tom Creecy, Jay Smith, and Tobais Palmer as the recipients of passes that led the team in its miraculous comeback against the Terps.
Trailing 41-21 after three quarters of play, NC State’s hopes of earning a win that would make them bowl-eligible looked bleak.
However, as much as the Terps had shocked and demoralized the Wolfpack and its fans for most of the game, by the final whistle, the 35-0 run that NC State made during the final quarter of play provided for the biggest shock of all.
The victory gives the Wolfpack the opportunity to add one more win, a bowl win at that, to its current 7-5 record.
UNC outlasts Duke 37-21
The Duke Blue Devils made a valiant effort to keep pace with the UNC Tar Heels in a 37-21 loss at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill during the two schools’ battle for the Victory Bell.
The Blue Devils only trailed by two points heading into the latter part of the third quarter, but Tar Heels quarterback Bryn Renner along with receiver Dwight Jones put the game away with consecutive touchdown plays, helping UNC beat the Blue Devils for the eighth straight year.
Both teams recorded significant individual accomplishments as Renner tied a school single-season record for TD passes for the Tar Heels while Duke receiver Donovan Varner finished with eight receptions, including the 200th of his career, which put him over the 60-catch mark for the season, becoming the first player in ACC history with three seasons of 60 catches.
#1 UNC upset by UNLV, 90-80
The University of Nevada-Las Vegas Runnin’ Rebels toppled the top-ranked UNC Tar Heels 90-80 in the championship final of the Las Vegas Invitational at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.
UNLV’s Chace Stanback had a career-high 28 and added 10 rebounds in the victory that resulted in fans storming the court afterwards.
The Tar Heels’ P.J. Hairston and Harrison Barnes each had 15 points for North Carolina, but an ankle injury to Barnes, that briefly took him out of the game, could have been the most concerning result of the loss for Carolina afterwards.
Duke women lose to Notre Dame, 56-54
Natalie Novosel banked in a shot from the foul line with under a second left to lift the #4 Notre DameFighting Irish to a 56-54 comeback win over the #7 Duke Blue Devils in the Junkanoo Jam final on Saturday night in Freeport, Bahamas.
The Blue Devils, who led 36-20 at the half, couldn’t hold on as a 19% shooting performance in the second half allowed the Fighting Irish to stage the comeback while outscoring Duke 36-18.
Sophomore Chelsea Gray and freshman Elizabeth Williams both earned All-Tournament team honors as Gray finished with 11 points, six rebounds, and two assists in 36 minutes of playing time while Williams recorded career highs with her double-double performance (16 pts, 13 reb) as well as adding a career-high seven blocks in the losing effort.
With the loss, Duke dropped to 4-1 on the season while ending its tropical tour as runner-up at the tournament.
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