Reggie Gallaspy II ran 1 yard in overtime for a touchdown, his school-record-tying fifth TD, and North Carolina State beat North Carolina 34-28 on Saturday in a rivalry game marred by a fight in the end zone after it ended.
Gallaspy II rushed for a career-high 129 yards and scored on runs of 1, 4 and 34 yards before scoring the tying TD from 5 yards out in regulation. Ryan Finley was 16 of 28 for 200 yards for the Wolfpack (8-3, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Freshman Cade Fortin, whose only snap since Oct. 13 was a last-second heave two weeks ago against Duke, put North Carolina up 28-21 with a 1-yard touchdown run with 9:29 left. He finished 19 of 40 for 276 yards with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Beau Corrales, Javonte Williams had an 8-yard TD run and Freeman Jones kicked two field goals for the Tar Heels (2-9, 1-7).
But Jones was wide left on a 37-yarder in overtime. N.C. State then ran the ball on seven straight plays, capped by Gallaspy’s plunge into the end zone that ended it. Some pushing and shoving in the end zone after the winning score led to a quick but intense melee in which players from both teams were seen throwing punches.
N.C. State: The Wolfpack has taken control of their fiercest rivalry, winning three in a row against the Tar Heels for their longest winning streak since reeling off five straight against UNC form 2007-11. N.C. State has won four of five meetings and the past three at Kenan Stadium.
North Carolina: The story of the Tar Heels’ season has been how frequently they found ways to lose close games, from the three-point home loss against Virginia Tech to the double-OT loss at Syracuse. So it’s only fitting that their season would end in similar fashion.
N.C. State plays host to East Carolina next Saturday.
North Carolina’s season is over.
Source: The Associated Press