RALEIGH, N.C. -- N.C. State is still a work in progress, and Richmond is as good an FCS team as you'lll find. But the last thing Dave Doeren needed in his second game as head coach was a home loss to an FCS team.
The Wolfpack collected a go-ahead field goal from Niklas Sade with 33 seconds left to eke out a 23-21 win, bringing N.C. State back from a 21-10 first-half deficit.
It wasn't pretty, but it was a win, and N.C. State will certainly take it.
1. Turnovers and penalties, oh my!
The Wolfpack outgained Richmond 444-322, but had four turnovers in Spiders territory. Three of the turnovers came in the second half, after the defense had seemingly clamped down and taken control of the game.
And all but one of the turnovers came in field goal range, so the Wolfpack arguably cost themselves nine points.
N.C. State cut the Richmond lead to 21-13 at half, and a touchdown midway through the third made it 21-20. Why go for two when there was plenty of time left? Well, how ...