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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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As North Carolina State lined up for a third-and-11 fourth-quarter snap, sales an SU assistant coach had his hands resting on his head in anticipation.

Quarterback Ryan Finley dropped back and threw the ball to Bra’Lon Cherry near the SU sideline. Cherry ran forward for 23 yards, picking up a back-breaking first down. The coach’s hands never moved, staying in disappointment. The play effectively ended the game for Syracuse.

Three plays later, running back Matthew Dayes ran it in for a score to open up a 15-point lead. As most fans started streaming out, SU’s chances of making a bowl game became slimmer.

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