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No. 24 NC State beats No. 17 Louisville 39-25

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren spent the weeks leading up to the season repeatedly saying his Wolfpack team was ready for a big step forward after years of building depth and experience.

Halfway through the schedule, his team is proving him right.

Nyheim Hines ran for two touchdowns while the defense slowed reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson to help No. 24 North Carolina State beat No. 17 Louisville 39-25 on Thursday night.

''Told our team it was coming, told y'all it was coming, some of you believed me, some of you didn't,'' Doeren said. ''But I'm really excited and you can just feel it right now in our locker room. They believe they're the best team. And they're playing hard and they're playing together and they're tough - and it's fun, a lot of fun.''

The Wolfpack (5-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) got contributions throughout the lineup. Hines ran for 102 yards and had a 48-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter to set up a touchdown drive. Ryan Finley directed a passing attack that posted two 100-yard receivers and a third player who finished with 99 yards.

Then there was the defensive front - led by preseason Associated Press All-American Bradley Chubb - that kept the pressure on Jackson. Jackson ran for two scores and threw a touchdown pass, but the Wolfpack sacked him four times and got a clinching interception return for a touchdown late to close out the Cardinals (4-2, 1-2).

''We come into every game knowing nobody can beat us if we go out there and play Wolfpack football,'' said Jaylen Samuels, who had 104 yards receiving. ''The confidence is very high. We know what we've got and what we can accomplish.''

Finley threw for 367 yards and a 48-yard score to Kelvin Harmon, part of N.C. State's 520 total yards on a night it never trailed.

''We've got a lot of work to do,'' Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino said. ''I'm not getting it done. I've got to do a better job with our coaches, do a better job with our players and get back on the right track.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Louisville: The Cardinals didn't do much to slow the Wolfpack to offset some of Jackson's usual brilliance, and that might have all but ended Louisville's title hopes in the league's Atlantic Division. They had already lost at home to reigning national champion Clemson and now find themselves two games back in the loss column of the standings.

''I didn't think we played well at all defensively,'' Petrino said.

N.C. State: That's the first 3-0 start in the ACC play for the Wolfpack since 2002. And with wins over Florida State and Louisville, the preseason dark horse in the Atlantic Division has beaten two of the teams picked to finish higher in the standings to position itself as the division's likely top challenger to Clemson.

''They don't want to be denied what they feel is theirs right now,'' Doeren said, adding: ''There's no flinch in these guys, I can tell you that.''

PICK-SIX

Jackson's second rushing score pulled the Cardinals to 32-25 with 4:10 left, then the Cardinals got the ball back with a chance to tie it. But linebacker Germaine Pratt picked up a deflected pass and returned it 25 yards, ending when he blasted through Jackson's attempted tackle near the goal line with 2:52 left.

''That's a quarterback,'' Pratt said. ''He's not going to tackle me.''

Both Jackson and Petrino said the throw was a bad decision.

''I made the wrong read,'' Jackson said. ''I went to the field, and I was supposed to go to the boundary. That was my fault. I put that on me.''

RUNNING ANGRY

Hines, a 5-foot-9, 197-pound Wolfpack track star, is thriving after converting from receiver to running back. He has now run for at least 92 yards in four straight games.

''He just plays angry,'' Doeren said. ''He's competitive. He's spirited. ... And he plays football like he runs track - he's trying to get a personal best all the time.''

UP NEXT

Louisville: The Cardinals host Boston College on Oct. 14.

N.C. State: N.C. State visits Pittsburgh on Oct. 14 in cross-division league matchup.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:52
38-C.Wise extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
25
39
Touchdown 3:09
8-L.Jackson incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 3-G.Pratt at LOU 25. 3-G.Pratt runs 25 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
87
yds
00:00
pos
25
38
Missed Point After Touchdown 4:10
45-B.Creque extra point is no good.
plays
yds
pos
25
32
Touchdown 4:10
8-L.Jackson runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
80
yds
02:04
pos
25
32
Two Point Conversion 10:07
15-R.Finley complete to 7-N.Hines. 7-N.Hines to LOU End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
19
32
Touchdown 10:07
25-R.Gallaspy runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
60
yds
02:22
pos
19
30
Missed Two Point Conversion 12:39
8-L.Jackson incomplete.
plays
yds
pos
19
24
Touchdown 12:39
8-L.Jackson runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
62
yds
01:04
pos
19
24
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:35
38-C.Wise extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
24
Touchdown 1:35
7-N.Hines runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
103
yds
03:36
pos
13
23
Field Goal 5:21
45-B.Creque 48 yards Field Goal is Good.
8
plays
54
yds
03:54
pos
13
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:03
45-B.Creque 28 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
68
yds
01:39
pos
10
17
Point After TD 1:47
38-C.Wise extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
17
Touchdown 1:47
7-N.Hines runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
77
yds
01:36
pos
7
16
Field Goal 5:05
38-C.Wise 21 yards Field Goal is Good.
5
plays
87
yds
02:19
pos
7
10
Point After TD 7:27
45-B.Creque extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 7:27
8-L.Jackson complete to 5-S.Dawkins. 5-S.Dawkins runs 23 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
80
yds
04:20
pos
6
7
Point After TD 11:47
38-C.Wise extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 11:47
15-R.Finley complete to 3-K.Harmon. 3-K.Harmon runs 48 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
59
yds
01:42
pos
0
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
1st Downs 25 23
Rushing 12 7
Passing 12 14
Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Conv 9-16 5-12
4th Down Conv 0-1 1-1
Total Net Yards 446 520
Total Plays 77 71
Avg Gain 5.8 7.3
Net Yards Rushing 116 153
Rush Attempts 29 39
Avg Rush Yards 4.0 3.9
Net Yards Passing 330 367
Comp. - Att. 26-48 20-32
Yards Per Pass 6.9 11.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-24 0-0
Penalties - Yards 10-69 6-50
Touchdowns 3 5
Rushing TDs 2 3
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 1
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 5-40.6 3-45.0
Return Yards 71 133
Punts - Returns 0-0 2-3
Kickoffs - Returns 3-71 4-105
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-25
Kicking 3/4 5/6
Extra Points 1/2 4/4
Field Goals 2/2 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Louisville 4-2 01031225
20 NC State 5-1 01771539
330 PASS YDS 367
116 RUSH YDS 153
446 TOTAL YDS 520
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
L. Jackson 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.3% 354 1 1 121.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.2% 1990 14 4 154.7
L. Jackson 26/47 354 1 1
R. Bonnafon 7 RB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
R. Bonnafon 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
L. Jackson 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
19 73 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
91 510 7
L. Jackson 19 73 2 17
M. Williams 29 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 30 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
39 274 2
M. Williams 6 30 0 12
R. Bonnafon 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
31 129 2
R. Bonnafon 4 13 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Fitzpatrick 87 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
10 134 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
26 414 6
D. Fitzpatrick 10 134 0 27
S. Dawkins 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 133 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 371 2
S. Dawkins 5 133 1 65
C. Reed 2 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 41 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 135 0
C. Reed 3 41 0 17
C. Standberry 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 143 2
C. Standberry 2 20 0 10
M. Williams 29 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 129 0
M. Williams 1 9 0 9
M. Crum 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 79 0
M. Crum 1 8 0 8
R. Bonnafon 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 82 0
R. Bonnafon 3 7 0 5
T. Samuel 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 189 0
T. Samuel 1 2 0 2
J. Bagley 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 43 2
J. Bagley 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Creque 45 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 1/2
SEASON FG XP
9/9 24/25
B. Creque 2/2 48 1/2 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. King 28 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 40.6 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
19 42.7 1
M. King 5 40.6 1 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Samuel 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 28.0 35 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 20.3 35 0
T. Samuel 2 28.0 35 0
S. Dawkins 5 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 22.8 15 0
S. Dawkins 1 15.0 15 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Finley 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.5% 367 1 0 174.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
70.9% 1770 10 0 152.3
R. Finley 20/31 367 1 0
J. Samuels 1 TE
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 25 0 0 155.0
J. Samuels 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
N. Hines 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 102 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
100 513 5
N. Hines 18 102 2 45
R. Gallaspy II 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 31 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
52 203 4
R. Gallaspy II 8 31 1 13
R. Finley 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
24 70 1
R. Finley 7 19 0 9
J. Samuels 1 TE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 129 5
J. Samuels 3 6 0 6
J. Meyers 11 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 -12 0
J. Meyers 2 -3 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Harmon 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 133 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
33 434 2
K. Harmon 6 133 1 48
J. Samuels 1 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 104 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
50 425 3
J. Samuels 7 104 0 79
S. Louis 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 99 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 352 2
S. Louis 3 99 0 39
J. Meyers 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 257 2
J. Meyers 2 16 0 9
N. Hines 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 84 0
N. Hines 2 15 0 11
S. Morrison 13 S
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
S. Morrison 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
E. Bryant 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 2.0
E. Bryant 2-0 2.0 0
S. Boone 24 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 1.0
S. Boone 1-0 1.0 0
B. Chubb 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 5.0
B. Chubb 1-0 1.0 0
G. Pratt 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
G. Pratt 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Wise 38 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 4/4
SEASON FG XP
6/10 25/27
C. Wise 1/2 21 4/4 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Cole III 90 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 45.0 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
22 44.8 2
A. Cole III 3 45.0 2 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Hines 7 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 26.3 48 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
15 24.0 48 0
N. Hines 4 26.3 48 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Hines 7 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 1.5 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 8.6 4 0
N. Hines 2 1.5 4 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 LVILLE 18 2:17 4 -2 Fumble
8:16 LVILLE 19 4:46 8 45 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:13 LVILLE 2 0:38 4 17 Punt
11:47 LVILLE 25 4:20 10 75 TD
5:03 LVILLE 25 1:24 3 7 Punt
1:42 LVILLE 21 1:39 12 63 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:15 LVILLE 20 3:54 8 49 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:27 LVILLE 38 1:04 11 62 TD
10:07 LVILLE 25 0:48 4 -4 Punt
6:14 LVILLE 20 2:04 7 80 TD
3:09 LVILLE 11 0:00 2 87 INT
2:52 LVILLE 33 2:06 15 48 Downs
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:26 NCST 26 4:04 9 55 Fumble
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
3:21 NCST 1 3:12 10 56 Punt
13:29 NCST 41 1:42 5 59 TD
7:24 NCST 9 2:19 5 87 FG
3:23 NCST 23 1:36 7 77 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:55 NCST 28 5:36 12 55 FG Miss
5:11 NCST 22 3:36 10 83 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:29 LVILLE 45 2:22 6 45 TD
9:12 NCST 43 2:52 5 14 Punt
4:10 NCST 35 0:54 3 5 Punt
0:36 NCST 19 0:00 1 -2 Game