No. 23 Wolfpack outlasts Bulldogs in final seconds


RALEIGH, N.C. — A LA Tech heave into the end zone for a chance to tie was picked off as time expired, sending the Bulldogs (2-3) to a one-score loss to the No. 23 North Carolina State Wolfpack by a final score of 34-27.

“We wanted to keep it within one score, and every time they scored we had to answer it,” Bulldog head football coach Skip Holtz said. “I’m really proud of the way we competed, and the way we played. It’s tough to be in that locker room after losing another close one. We didn’t come here to lose close, we came to win. I give NC State credit offensively. We were really having a hard time getting off the field and getting stops. “

Tech started a drive from its own 11-yard line with an opportunity to possibly tie the score before being faced with a long pass attempt for the end zone that proved to be the last play of the game

During the drive, sophomore quarterback Aaron Allen relieved starting senior Kendall Austin for a play with 40 seconds remaining. Due to the crowd and confusion on the field, the Bulldogs took nearly 30 seconds to snap the ball, running the clock down to 11 seconds. Tech was still able to move the ball before being faced with the Hail Mary scenario that could not be converted.

“We were all screaming to hurry up and get the play off,” Holtz said. “The crowd was loud, and he couldn’t hear us. Unfortunately, we had very little time after that. We tried to get the ball closer and called the last timeout and had a chance.”

Kendall threw for 26 of 43 on the night 341 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Three Bulldogs ended with a touchdown each on the night: freshman Bub Means (6 receptions, 95 yards), junior Jacob Adams (3 receptions, 48 yards), and junior Griffin Hebert (2 receptions, 45 yards).

“Our receivers and quarterbacks made some plays tonight,” Holtz said. “I’m really proud of our team for how we competed, but there are no moral victories tonight.”

While N.C. State boasts one of the top defenses in the nation, the Bulldogs finished 480 total yards of offense. It was the first time in 12 straight games that an opponent has netted more yardage than the Wolfpack.

Louisiana Tech gets a break this week with its first bye of the season and will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 16, to take on the UTEP Miners on the road.

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