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CHAPEL HILL, prostate N.C. (AP) — Another big victory was slipping away from North Carolina State. Because the Wolfpack finally learned how to finish a game, adiposity their season isn’t finished just yet.

Jaylen Samuels ran for one touchdown and threw for another on a trick play, and N.C. State held on to upset rival No. 25 North Carolina 28-21 on Friday, earning bowl eligibility while also locking up a division title for Virginia Tech.

It’s been a frustrating season for the Wolfpack (6-6, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), who seemingly had victories in hand against a pair of nationally ranked division rivals — Clemson and Florida State — only to let them get away.

“It definitely makes you feel the worth of all your work,” coach Dave Doeren said. “We’re playing every game but one — Louisville — for four quarters, toe to toe, with every team. We haven’t won enough of them. I agree. But we are so much more competitive than we’ve ever been.”

In what at times seemed like a replay of N.C. State’s 35-7 rout here two years ago, Matt Dayes rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns. The second of those put the Wolfpack up 21-0 early in the second quarter.

Samuels threw a 59-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Louis on a trick play on the opening drive, and ran 4 yards for the TD that made it 28-7.

Mitch Trubisky threw three touchdown passes for the Tar Heels (8-4, 5-3), including a 48-yarder to Bug Howard that made it a seven-point game with 7:52 left. But on their next possession, they were stopped on downs near midfield with 3:10 to go and N.C. State ran out the clock — with backup quarterback Jalen McClendon sealing it with a 14-yard run on third-and-5 with about 2 minutes left.

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