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NC State defense comes up big in 20-6 win over Miami

Wolfpack doesn't allow TD in first win against Hurricanes since 2008
Miami Hurricanes running back Mark Fletcher Jr. tackled by N.C. State Wolfpack defenders, Nov. 4, 2023
Posted at 11:59 PM, Nov 04, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-04 23:59:33-04

RALEIGH, N.C. — Behind a defense that forced four turnovers and didn’t allow a touchdown, North Carolina State is bowl-eligible after beating visiting Miami 20-6 on Saturday night.

The victory for the Wolfpack (6-3, 3-2 ACC) is the first over the Hurricanes (6-3, 2-3 ACC) since 2008. The win was also the 78th for Dave Doeren as N.C. State's head coach, making him the winningest coach in program history.

Devin Boykin sealed the win for N.C. State when he intercepted Miami's Tyler Van Dyke with under 4 minutes to play. Aydan White, Brandon Cisse and Davin Vann also came up with turnovers for the Wolfpack. Offensively, MJ Morris completed 11-of-21 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown for N.C. State.

N.C. State Wolfpack running back Kendrick Raphael runs for TD in fourth quarter vs. Miami Hurricanes, Nov. 4, 2023
North Carolina State running back Kendrick Raphael breaks free of the Miami defense on his way to a touchdown during the fourth quarter Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, in Raleigh, N.C.

Miami's attack was paced by Mark Fletcher Jr., who rushed 23 times for 115 yards.

When Miami entered Wolfpack territory on Saturday, it was plagued by missed opportunities and met by N.C. State's stifling defense. The Hurricanes scored just once out of the three times it was in the red zone. Miami also missed a 45-yard field goal attempt.

In the fourth quarter, Miami turned the ball over downs at the 3, capping a fruitless 12-play drive that chewed more than 7 minutes off the clock. The Wolfpack responded with an eight-play drive that ended with Kendrick Raphael bouncing off a Miami defender on his way to scoring on a 31-yard touchdown run, which pushed the Wolfpack lead to two possessions. Miami’s next two drives ended in interceptions thrown by Van Dyke.