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NC State has Louisville on UPSET ALERT

Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

College football’s Thursday night game has not disappointed so far. The No. 24 North Carolina State Wolfpack leads the No. 17 Louisville Cardinals 24-13 in the third quarter in Raleigh, N.C.

The Wolfpack struck first with a huge 48-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Finley to receiver Kelvin Harmon. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson was able to get his team on the board with a touchdown pass of his own midway through the 1st quarter, but NC State scored a field goal, then took a 10-point lead after a touchdown was set up by another bomb from Finley:

With less than 30 seconds before halftime, Louisville was able to get into field goal range after the Wolfpack touchdown and made a 28-yard field goal to cut the lead to seven.

For NC State, going into the locker room with a 10-point lead over Louisville, who was the favorite heading into this game, is more than an ideal start for Dave Doeren’s team. Louisville’s poor tackling has been responsible for a ton of big plays, too.

In the second half, NC State was able to easily get into the red zone, but unable to punch the ball in the end zone, which allowed Louisville to get back in the game. In the third quarter, the Wolfpack missed a 35-yard field goal, which the Cardinals countered on with a field goal to pull within four.

But Louisville had a costly unnecessary roughness penalty on the Wolfpack’s next red zone possession, which set up an easy score that gave NC State a touchdown to go up 24-13.

Nyheim Hines, who’s had two touchdowns for NC State so far tonight, has been fun to watch.

Louisville scored a touchdown on a four-yard Lamar Jackson run made it a 24-19 game, but NC State was able to score a touchdown with a two-point conversion put the Wolfpack up 32-19.

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