Boston College staged a big surprise win while wide receiver Zay Flowers won the day.
Eagles redshirt quarterback Emmett Morehead completed a two-yard touchdown throw on freshman wide receiver Joe Griffin with 14 seconds left to earn a 21-20 win over the 17th-rounder at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday. to achieve the state of North Carolina.
Griffin made a pass interference call at NC State 5 to set up the game-winning catch.
Morehead completed 29 of 48 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns with two picks in his second career start. Morehead has rushed for 330 yards in consecutive games.
“I think you saw the future last week and you saw it again,” said BC coach Jeff Hafley. “Joe was struggling with an injury and we didn’t know how much he was going to play.
“He drew the PI and with that last piece and the time the two of them worked on that piece together, it was almost second nature.”
BC defeated a ranked team for the first time since 2014, improving to 3-7 and 2-5 in the ACC. BC will face their fourth opponent in six games when the Eagles take on No. 20 Notre Dame in South Bend on Saturday. NC State (7-3, 3-3) missed its chance to set a school record with its 17th straight home win.
“Nobody thought we could win, but the one group that did was our team,” Hafley said. “They deserve it and I’m really proud of them and it was fun to be a part of it.
“This is one of the best teams in the country at their place and they are an experienced team. It’s certainly more rewarding knowing that you came in with everything stacked against you and still made it through.”
The dramatic ending stole some of the thunder from Flower’s historic work. Flowers caught seven passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns.
Flowers became BC’s all-time leader in receiving yards with 2,900 yards, beating the record of 2,800 set by Alex Amidon. Flowers has 189 career receptions short of Amidon’s reception record. With two touchdown catches, Flowers has 27, one behind Kelvin Martin’s record.
“Congratulations to Zay and it’s so much bigger than football,” Hafley said. “He deserves to have the record and he deserves all the success he has to him.”
For the third straight week, the BC defense missed a touchdown on their opponent’s opening drive. The Wolfpack went 88 yards in five plays that included three explosives. NC State scored on a 27-yard shot over center to tight end Trent Pennix, who broke a tackle at the eight before crossing the goal line.
The wolf pack went into the run primarily on its second possession with the same result. Tailback Michael Allen got the pack going with runs for 16 and 36 yards. Morris capped the trip with a 10-yard touchdown run to put it 14-0 at 5:42 to play in the first game.
BC gained traction on their third possession, hauling for 75 yards in eight games to make it 14-7 at 2:30. The drive was extended on a 28-yard link from Morehead to NC State 45 fourth- and third-placed Jaelen Gill. BC hit a 17-yard throw to Flowers.
BC’s defense regrouped and left the field on three consecutive NC state possessions. Eagles linebacker Vinny DePalma filled Morris on a fourth and goal from one with 6:21 to play in the half. NC State went 17-7 on a 30-yard field goal by Chris Dunn with 1:36 to play.