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No. 20 NC State pulls away from Pitt in 35-17 win

PITTSBURGH (AP) On the road with a chance to take control of the ACC's Atlantic Division, No. 20 North Carolina State spent a half nearly squandering the opportunity, familiar territory for a program that has spent more than a decade fighting a losing battle with sustained success.

Then the third quarter started, the Wolfpack dominated and a promising season took another impressive step forward.

Nyheim Hines ran for an 83-yard touchdown and returned a punt 92 yards for another score on his way to 249 total yards and Jaylen Samuels added a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown runs as the Wolfpack pulled away from Pittsburgh for a 35-17 win on Saturday.

N.C. State (6-1, 4-0) finds itself in control of its own destiny in the hyper-competitive Atlantic after defending national champion Clemson lost at Syracuse on Friday.

''I told the guys in there, `We're in the driver's seat,''' Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said. ''The goal is to stay there and the way to do it is to keep doing what we've been doing, not listening to anybody, focusing on us and improving internally. That's what we'll do.''

Ryan Finley completed 14 of 25 passes for 198 yards and a 3-yard touchdown to Jakobi Meyers late in the third quarter to put N.C. State ahead to stay. Finley extended his streak of consecutive passes without an interception to 313, the second-longest in ACC history.

The Wolfpack outgained Pitt by nearly 100 yards in the second half and forced a pair of turnovers to turn a tie game into their sixth straight victory, matching their longest winning streak since 2002 when Phillip Rivers was flinging passes to Jerricho Cotchery.

''That's crazy,'' Hines said. ''It's good to hear, but we're just going to focus on NC State.''

The Wolfpack were trailing for the first time in a month when Hines stepped through a tackle at the line of scrimmage and raced to the end zone to tie it at 7. Following a three-and-out by Pitt, Hines fielded Ryan Winslow's punt and raced untouched to the end zone, the longest punt return for a score by an N.C. State player since 1926.

''The guys that blocked for him on that punt return deserve gold stars because I've never seen a punt returner have zero people touch him on a vertical punt return like that,'' Doeren said.

Samuels broke it open in the fourth with touchdown runs of 1 and 40 yards. Now it's a week off before a visit to Notre Dame.

''It wasn't a pretty win, but a win's a win,'' wide receiver Kelvin Harmon said. ''We have the bye week. We have a lot to fix. We'll get back to work.''

TWO-HEADED MESS

Seven games in and Pitt (2-5, 0-3) is still searching for a quarterback. Ben DiNucci played during the first half and tossed a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jester Weah, but was removed in the third quarter as part of a pre-planned strategy to give true freshman Kenny Pickett a shot even though the Panthers trailed by just a touchdown at the time.

Pickett completed 5 of 13 passes for 61 yards and ran for another 18 yards in the first extended action of his career, leading Pitt to a fourth-quarter field goal before DiNucci finished up.

Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi allowed the current system ''doesn't make anybody happy,'' but said the team still has belief in both players. The Panthers have played two quarterbacks in each of their seven games.

''I've never necessarily been in a situation like this,'' said DiNucci, who threw for 170 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

GROSS

N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb left briefly in the third quarter after dislocating his pinkie. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound senior writhed in agony for several minutes but missed just a few plays before returning.

''I've never seen that before, that's why I acted like that,'' Chubb said. ''It hurt bad, but looking it was pretty bad.''

FOR DAD

Wolfpack defensive end Darian Roseboro collected a sack in the fourth quarter and pointed to the sky, a tribute to his father Johnny, who passed away earlier this month.

''You lose your father over the weekend, and I can't even imagine that,'' Chubb said. ''It's pretty special for a guy to be able to do that.''

TAKE A KNEE

Pitt third-string placekicker Ian Troost took a knee during the national anthem, a decision that was fine with Narduzzi and the rest of the Panthers.

''We know as players on this team, with this coach and this AD, we have the freedom to express ourselves,'' offensive tackle Brian O'Neill said.

THE TAKEAWAY

N.C. State: The future looks bright. The kicking game needs to be better. Carson Wise missed a 37-yard field goal in the second quarter and is just 3 of 7 beyond 30 yards this season.

Pitt: The Panthers don't have a running game regardless of who is under center. Pitt's leading rushers on Saturday were Pickett and safety Jordan Whitehead.

UP NEXT

N.C. State: Will try to improve to 3-0 all-time vs. Notre Dame on Oct. 28.

Pitt: Visits Duke next Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:01
38-C.Wise extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
17
Touchdown 2:01
1-J.Samuels runs 40 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
59
yds
01:26
pos
34
17
Field Goal 8:02
97-A.Kessman 43 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
51
yds
03:45
pos
28
17
Point After TD 11:55
38-C.Wise extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
14
Touchdown 11:55
1-J.Samuels runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
9
plays
67
yds
00:27
pos
27
14
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:32
38-C.Wise extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
14
Touchdown 2:32
15-R.Finley complete to 11-J.Meyers. 11-J.Meyers runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
66
yds
02:00
pos
20
14
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:38
97-A.Kessman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 2:38
22-D.Hall runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
10
plays
69
yds
05:19
pos
14
13
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:55
38-C.Wise extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 1:15
18-R.Winslow punts 53 yards from PIT 39. 7-N.Hines runs 92 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
21
yds
03:16
pos
13
7
Point After TD 4:37
38-C.Wise extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 4:37
7-N.Hines runs 83 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
83
yds
00:21
pos
6
7
Point After TD 5:05
97-A.Kessman extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 5:05
3-B.DiNucci complete to 85-J.Weah. 85-J.Weah runs 33 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
42
yds
02:32
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 18 20
Rushing 8 7
Passing 10 12
Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Conv 5-13 4-15
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-1
Total Net Yards 446 314
Total Plays 63 77
Avg Gain 7.1 4.1
Net Yards Rushing 248 95
Rush Attempts 38 32
Avg Rush Yards 6.5 3.0
Net Yards Passing 198 219
Comp. - Att. 14-25 24-45
Yards Per Pass 7.9 4.9
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 1-12
Penalties - Yards 3-39 1-10
Touchdowns 5 2
Rushing TDs 3 1
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 1 0
Turnovers 0 2
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-1
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 6-44.7 7-39.6
Return Yards 109 118
Punts - Returns 2-94 2-33
Kickoffs - Returns 1-15 5-85
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 5/6 3/3
Extra Points 5/5 2/2
Field Goals 0/1 1/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
20 NC State 6-1 14071435
Pittsburgh 2-5 770317
198 PASS YDS 219
248 RUSH YDS 95
446 TOTAL YDS 314
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Finley 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56% 198 1 0 135.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.4% 1968 11 0 150.6
R. Finley 14/25 198 1 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
N. Hines 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 135 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
116 648 6
N. Hines 16 135 1 83
J. Samuels 1 TE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 62 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 191 7
J. Samuels 6 62 2 40
R. Gallaspy II 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 46 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
63 249 4
R. Gallaspy II 11 46 0 22
R. Finley 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 80 1
R. Finley 3 10 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Harmon 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 113 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
36 547 2
K. Harmon 3 113 0 43
J. Meyers 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 52 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
26 309 3
J. Meyers 5 52 1 15
J. Samuels 1 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
54 453 3
J. Samuels 4 28 0 12
N. Hines 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 89 0
N. Hines 2 5 0 4
G. Locklear 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 9 0
G. Locklear 0 0 0 0
S. Louis 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 352 2
S. Louis 0 0 0 0
C. Riley 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 98 0
C. Riley 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
D. Roseboro 45 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
D. Roseboro 2-0 1.0 0
Mi. Stevens 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
Mi. Stevens 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Wise 38 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 5/5
SEASON FG XP
6/11 30/32
C. Wise 0/1 0 5/5 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Cole III 90 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 44.7 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
28 44.8 3
A. Cole III 6 44.7 3 58
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Hines 7 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
16 23.4 15 0
N. Hines 1 15.0 15 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Hines 7 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 47.0 92 1
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 19.6 92 1
N. Hines 2 47.0 92 1
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. DiNucci 3 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.4% 170 1 1 108.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.7% 612 3 3 113.7
B. DiNucci 19/32 170 1 1
K. Pickett 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
38.5% 61 0 0 77.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
42.9% 74 0 0 87.3
K. Pickett 5/13 61 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Pickett 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 18 0
K. Pickett 4 18 0 12
J. Whitehead 9 DB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 18 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 18 0
J. Whitehead 8 18 0 8
Q. Ollison 37 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
65 266 4
Q. Ollison 2 17 0 15
D. Hall 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 17 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 108 1
D. Hall 9 17 1 9
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 111 0
Q. Henderson 1 15 0 15
B. O'Neill 70 OL
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 10 0
B. O'Neill 1 10 0 10
A. Davis 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 17 1
A. Davis 2 1 0 1
B. DiNucci 3 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 23 1
B. DiNucci 4 0 0 9
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Weah 85 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 106 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 384 3
J. Weah 7 106 1 33
R. Araujo-Lopes 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 54 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 54 0
R. Araujo-Lopes 6 54 0 19
A. Mathews 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 30 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 180 0
A. Mathews 3 30 0 17
C. Clark 87 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 59 1
C. Clark 2 20 0 13
M. Ffrench 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 130 0
M. Ffrench 1 12 0 12
J. Whitehead 9 DB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 7 0
J. Whitehead 2 7 0 8
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 126 0
Q. Henderson 2 2 0 4
D. Hall 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 55 1
D. Hall 0 0 0 0
M. Flanagan 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 138 0
M. Flanagan 0 0 0 0
A. Davis 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 0 0
A. Davis 1 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Kessman 97 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
7/11 18/18
A. Kessman 1/1 43 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Winslow 18 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 39.6 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
36 44.8 2
R. Winslow 7 39.6 2 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 22.7 30 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
19 21.8 30 0
Q. Henderson 3 22.7 30 0
E. Sellers 49 FB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 8.0 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 8.0 8 0
E. Sellers 1 8.0 8 0
M. Ffrench 2 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 5.5 9 0
M. Ffrench 1 9.0 9 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Q. Henderson 10 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 16.5 28 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 13.3 28 1
Q. Henderson 2 16.5 28 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NCST 25 4:18 9 41 Downs
9:07 NCST 8 1:14 3 5 Punt
4:58 NCST 17 0:21 2 83 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NCST 28 1:09 4 25 Punt
9:05 NCST 12 0:59 3 5 Punt
2:38 NCST 25 2:29 10 58 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:00 PITT 42 1:16 3 1 Punt
11:15 NCST 42 2:23 5 21 Punt
4:32 NCST 34 2:00 5 66 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:49 NCST 27 0:27 9 73 TD
7:56 NCST 25 1:16 3 -1 Punt
3:27 NCST 41 1:26 6 59 TD
0:48 PITT 38 0:36 2 -5 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:36 PITT 34 1:17 3 8 Punt
7:37 NCST 42 2:32 5 42 TD
4:31 PITT 18 3:16 6 21 TD
0:55 PITT 25 0:47 3 7 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:40 PITT 4 4:27 9 55 Punt
7:57 PITT 31 5:19 10 69 TD
0:09 PITT 20 0:00 1 -3 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:52 PITT 33 0:45 3 25 INT
12:36 PITT 11 1:12 3 5 Punt
8:41 PITT 9 3:59 9 29 Punt
2:21 PITT 34 1:21 3 6 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:47 PITT 23 3:45 8 51 FG
6:28 PITT 23 2:55 11 35 Downs
1:57 PITT 35 1:00 5 3 Fumble