NC State squeaked out a close win in its trip to Syracuse, beating the Orange 36-29 Saturday afternoon. The game came down to the last play, clearly a mental error, where quarterback Rex Culpeper spiked the ball on fourth down in an attempt to stop the clock before it expired, instead it resulted in a turnover on downs for the Orange. It was an end that fully embodied a pretty messy game of football.

“Winning ugly’s OK,” said head coach Dave Doeren after the game. “It’s a lot better than losing, I can tell you that.”

Offensive Line

There wasn’t much that went well for this group. The Wolfpack had only allowed 21 sacks through its first nine games of the season. Against Syracuse, it allowed six sacks, 10 tackles for loss and one quarterback hurry. The offense line certainly has a lot of things to work on before NC State takes on Georgia Tech in its regular season finale. If it doesn’t improve, NC State runs the risk of another tight game against an inferior team.

Grade: D-

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