Posted September 07, 2013 on
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Niklas Sade's 48-yard field goal with 33 seconds left lifted North Carolina State past Richmond 23-21 on Saturday night.
N.C. State freshman Bryant Shirreffs accounted for two touchdowns and Pete Thomas was 24 of 31 for 237 yards while helping the Wolfpack (2-0) rally from an 11-point deficit.
The Wolfpack took over at their own 21 with 1:59 left and Thomas led them 48 yards in seven plays.
He completed 4 of 5 passes during the drive for 31 yards - including a critical 13-yard throw to Rashard Smith at the sideline - before things stalled at the 31. Sade's kick from the right hash cleared the crossbar with ease.
Michael Strauss moved the Spiders (1-1) downfield in the final seconds, but his deep heave with no time left was batted down by Hakim Jones just short of the goal line.
Strauss finished 29 of 45 for 300 yards with two touchdowns, but the Spiders were shut out in the second half and were denied their fourth victory over an Atlantic Coast Conference team since 200...
BEST OF MAXIM
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.
((HT: The ACC))
When NC State kicker Niklas Sade kicked a 48 yard field goal with thirty-three seconds to go... the HQ thought that, when the Wolfpack had 1:52 on the clock to begin with- conventional wisdom was that there was too much time at the start of the drive...
HQ was right...
Dave Doeren is a very lucky man as the Wolfpack win 23-21 over the Richmond Spiders
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