NC State defeats Syracuse 41-17 for key win in hunt for ACC Championship

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN/AP) — One of the wins North Carolina State needed to reach the ACC Championship came Saturday with a convincing 41-17 victory over Syracuse.

With a huge second quarter, No. 25 N.C. State led 28-7 at the half and never came close to being behind the entire game.

The Wolfpack scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in a matter of less than 3 1/2 minutes.

The Wolfpack (8-3) will still need to beat UNC-Chapel Hill when the Tar Heels visit Raleigh Friday night.

If the Pack does that, there is still a path to Charlotte and the ACC Championship. Wake Forest would need to lose next weekend at Boston College.

Wake Forest already helped N.C. State a bit by losing to Clemson Saturday 48-27.

Saturday, Devin Leary threw for two touchdowns, Zonovan Knight returned a kickoff for a touchdown during the key win.

Freshman running back Sean Tucker became Syracuse’s single-season rushing leader, passing Joe Morris to break a 42-year-old record with a second-quarter carry and finishing with 109 yards on the ground in the game

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