NC State vs Louisiana Tech football match score, live updates
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NC State, No. 23 in the AP poll this week, hosts Louisiana Tech. Saturday. Check here for game updates.
Hebert TD: NC State 34, La. Tech 27
The Bulldogs will push the pack to the limit. Griffin Hebert took an assist from Austin Kendall and made his way into the end zone for 14 yards with 4:43 left in the fourth.
Kendall hit Bub Means for 28 yards on the 75-yard, 9-play drive, and hit a first down with a good scythe and continued on the third and 1 at NCSU 15. Kendall found Hebert open in the middle for the TD.
Knight TD: NC State 34, La. Tech 20
The Pack responded to a Bulldogs score with one of their own, converting twice in third downs and Bam Knight scoring 4 yards with 7:45 left in the fourth quarter.
Devin Leary hit Trent Pennix for 10 yards on a third and 3 play at NCSU 35, then Porter Rooks for 10 on third and 9 at La Tech 14. Knight had a 25 yard run in the 72- yard drive and Thayer Thomas forced a pass interference call against La. Tech.
Means TD: NC State 27, La. Tech 20
Spurred on by a big defensive save, the Bulldogs resumed their way into the game as Bub Means scored on a 23-yard throw from quarterback Austin Kendall.
The Pack, leading 27-13, was fourth and -2 at La. Tech 33, but Ricky Person was held to 1 yard. The Bulldogs quickly moved 67 yards for TD as Kendall hit Tre Harris for 31 yards at NCSU 27, then slid the pass to Means down the left side.
CJ Riley TD: NC State 27, La. Tech 13
The Pack used intense runs from Bam Knight and a big catch from Devin Carter to set up the touchdown. season – and a 14-point lead.
Knight had 13, 15, and 10-yard carries for the Pack, who had just 37 rushing yards in the first half. Leary, rolling to his right, hit Carter 23 yards at La. Tech 5.
The Pack would rush for 88 yards in the third quarter. The Pack’s defense forced three three-and-outs during the quarter.
Jacob Barnes 38 FG: NC State 20, La. Tech 13
Trailing by 10 points, the Bulldogs moved on to NCSU 25 before Barnes’ second field goal of the game with 6:17 left in the third quarter.
A big play for the Bulldogs was Griffin Hebert’s 31-yard drive off the left sideline. The Pack’s Tyler Baker-Williams got his hands on the ball on the pass but Hebert grabbed the point for the capture.
Ricky Person TD: NC State 20, La. Tech 10
Ricky Person started breaking tackles and didn’t stop until he crossed the goal line on a 24-yard run with 10:44 left in the third quarter.
After a 25-yard punt return from Thayer Thomas at La. Tech 40, the Pack scored in two games. Devin Leary hit Devin Carter in the middle for 16 yards and Person took it from there, breaking the right side and going through defenders.
Halftime: NC State 13, La. Tech 10
Christopher Dunn’s 29-yard field goal with two seconds left in the first half pushed the Pack back into the lead.
Devin Leary completed 24 yards for Emeka Emezie and 17 yards for Thayer Thomas to take the Pack to 12 with six seconds left in the half. The decision was to look to Dunn for his second half-time field goal rather than try to play another game.
La. Tech finished the half with 201 total offensive yards and the Pack had 181, leaving coach Dave Doeren in a bad mood during his quick radio interview on his way to the locker room.
Bulldogs quarterback Austin Kendall, sidelined in the North Texas game last week with injury, started on Saturday and had 13 of 22 passes for 139 yards in the half. Leary was 11 of 18 for 144 yards, but the Pack only managed 37 rushing yards against a team allowing 147 per game.
A highlight for the pack: Trenton Gill averaged 53.8 yards on four punts.
Jacob Barnes 21 FG: La. Tech 10, NC State 10
A 20-yard run by Marcus Williams Jr. and then a 34-yard grab and run by Jacob Adams gave the Bulldogs the first and goal at NCSU 7 before the Wolfpack defense forced a field goal. Linebacker Drake Thomas made two tackles after the Bulldogs pushed inside the 10, stopping quarterback Austin Kendall on third and on goal.
The Bulldogs totaled 193 yards on offense for the game after the field goal while limiting the Pack to 121 yards.
Christopher Dunn 36 FG: NC State 10, La. Tech 7
The Pack’s Christopher Dunn, who missed a chance to beat Clemson with a field goal last week, was true to his first attempt, a 36-yard drive.
Wideout Devin Carter grabbed by leaping along the straight sideline with a 26-yard pass from Devin Leary to push the ball towards La. Tech 23. But the Bulldogs gave up quarterback Devin Leary for a defeat of 3 yards in third and 3 to 16 to force the field goal.
Pack’s White with the pickaxe
The Pack defense, burnt for a touchdown in the second quarter, made a turnaround the next time La. Tech picked up the ball.
Wolfpack rookie Aydan White intercepted a pass from Austin Kendall to NCSU 48. Not that the NCSU took advantage of the pick – quarterback Devin Leary was sacked on third down and the Pack had to kick.
It was the Pack’s sixth interception this season.
Jacob Means TD: La. Tech 7, NC State 7
The Bulldogs, stranded in their first two possessions of the game, swept the field to tie the score at 7-7 at the start of the second quarter.
On the third and the 2 in goal, quarterback Austin Kendall found tight end Jacob Adams alone in the left corner of the end zone for the score.
Kendall teamed up with Bub Means, a red-shirted freshman, to finish 9 yards in third and -5 at NCSU 16. Kendall hit Means for 21 yards to increase the score 9 games and 75 yards.
Chris Toudle TD: NC State 7, La. Tech 0
The Wolfpack looked slow on their first possession but not the second.
Taking the ball off their 9-yard line, the Pack used a tough run from Ricky Person and a 34-yard pass from Devin Leary to Emeka Emezie to push inside La Tech 10. At second and goal, Leary got found the wide Christopher Toudle open near the right pylon for the score.
The person took a big hit along the sideline from defensive back BeeJay Williamson on the ride, but came back during possession.
Add it up: 91 yards, games, 5:30 off the clock.
The Bulldogs, on their first possession, became the first team this season to convert a third third in the first quarter against NCSU. Their second possession was a three-and-out.
The secret is over: Kendall plays
All eyes were on Louisiana Tech when the Bulldogs entered the field on Saturday for their pre-game warm-ups.
Quarterback Austin Kendall didn’t come in for warm-ups at the start. It raised eyebrows. Then a little later he did and started the game.
Kendall’s playing status was a closely guarded secret at Louisiana Tech during game week. The Waxhaw native was excluded from last week’s game against North Texas and Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz has been silent on his availability for Saturday.
Kendall threw for 837 yards, with seven touchdowns and three picks, in three games while completing 61.8% of those throws. He also has a past victory over the Pack, leading West Virginia past NC State 44-27 in September 2019, throwing three touchdowns.
Kendall, at 6-2 and 215 pounds, started his college career in Oklahoma, transferred to West Virginia and then to Louisiana Tech. The son of a former Georgian quarterback, he is now 23 and a graduate student.
Sophomore Aaron Allen is Kendall’s backup.
Did you know?
Among Kendall’s 9,500 followers on Twitter (@ A_Kendall11) is Pack trainer Dave Doeren. The Wolfpack recruited Kendall from Cuthbertson High in Waxhaw.
Skip Holtz played Carter-Finley
Wolfpack fans with long memories remember Skip Holtz when he wasn’t a coach.
When Lou Holtz started hitting the pack sideline as the pack head coach in the early 1970s, his son Skip was 8 years old. Skip was often seen playing and rolling on the old grassy shore at the south end of Carter-Finley Stadium (then Carter Stadium) during the four seasons his father was at NCSU.
Skip Holtz, 57, went on to play soccer at Holy Cross College and was a soccer player at Notre Dame, then coached by his father. His first coaching position was as a graduate assistant in 1987-88 at Florida State, where he worked for the late Bobby Bowden.
Skip Holtz’s son Trey now works for his father as a receiver coach at Louisiana Tech.
This story was originally published 2 October 2021 5:56 pm.