North Carolina State University came on top against the ninth-ranked
Clemson Tigers on Saturday after forcing DJ Uiagalelei into a fourth-down
incompletion in the second overtime. The Wolfpack won the game 27-21, an
outcome that shakes up the Atlantic Coast Conference race and deals a huge blow
to the Tigers’ College Football Playoff hopes.
On the other hand, Shedrick Jackson caught a 10-yard
touchdown pass from TJ Finley with 45 seconds remaining to complete a rally of
the Auburn Tigers against Georgia State.
Uiagagelei slightly overthrew the pass to Justyn Ross near
the goal line to end the game, sending the Wolfpack sprinting in from the
sideline. They were followed immediately by red-clad fans pouring onto the
field to celebrate North Carolina State’s first win in the series in a decade.
Devin Leary threw for four touchdowns, including the winning
22-yard pass to Devin Carter to start the second OT.
North Carolina controlled play most of the way, nearly
doubling the Tigers in total offense through regulation while converting more
than half of its third-down chances.
It was a brutal day for the Tigers, who now have suffered a
second loss. This loss has put their streak of reaching the playoff every year
in jeopardy. Now the Tigers have an unlikely climb ahead of them to try and
extend their playoff streak this season.
The loss for the other Tigers did not mean every Tiger would
lose as Auburn overturned a 12 point halftime deficit and avoided losing to a
Sun Belt team for the first time in program history.
Finley led Auburn on a 98-yard scoring drive in the final
minutes. Safety Smoke Monday’s 36-yard interception return for a score on the
ensuing drive sealed it.
The Tigers’ special teams started the comeback with a
touchdown off a blocked punt late in the third quarter. Georgia State generated
299 yards of offense but failed to score in the second half, gaining just 85
(With AP inputs)