RALEIGH, N.C. — Andre Brown jumped over one defender, then ran over another. Nothing was going to stop him from possibly saving North Carolina State's season — especially not ranked rival East Carolina.
Brown's 10-yard touchdown run in overtime lifted N.C. State to a 30-24 upset of the 15th-ranked Pirates on Saturday.
Russell Wilson threw three touchdowns including a tying 5-yarder to George Bryan with 1:12 left in regulation for the Wolfpack. The seven-point underdogs hung around all afternoon and never trailed by more than a touchdown in rallying for Tom O'Brien's most impressive win at N.C. State and its biggest upset since a victory at then-No. 9 Florida State in 2005.
"This is the first time we've played 60 minutes of tough, hard-nosed football," O'Brien said. "The plays we weren't making in the past, we made them today."
Patrick Pinkney was 19-of-32 passing for 210 yards and a touchdown for East Carolina, but he was stripped by Shea McKeen on East Carolina's third play in overtime, giving N.C. State a shot at the upset.
Brown then hurdled defender J.J. Milbrook during the remarkable 16-yard run that set up the winning score. On the next play, he powered through defensive lineman Jay Ross while extending the ball over the goal line to end the game.
"I just said, 'I didn't want to rely on the kicker,'" Brown said. "I want to go out here and put this boy in here and get off the field."
N.C. State entered with no touchdowns this season against Division I-A teams. The Wolfpack scored a total of nine points in losses at South Carolina and Clemson.
NO. 23 CLEMSON 54, S.C. ST. 0: Against an overmatched opponent, Clemson's James Davis brought "Thunder" back to Death Valley. The senior tailback, the power part of Clemson's "Thunder and Lightning" backfield, rushed for three touchdowns as the host Tigers cruised against a Division I-AA foe.
VA. TECH 20, N. CAROLINA 17: Dustin Keys kicked the go-ahead 45-yard field goal as the visiting Hokies rallied after trailing 17-3 in the third quarter. Kenny Lewis Jr. and Darren Evans ran for second-half touchdowns for the Hokies, who struggled much of the way before putting together an impressive comeback in a matchup of the league's Coastal Division favorites. Brandon Tate and Greg Little each scored touchdowns for the Tar Heels, who lost quarterback T.J. Yates to a sprained left ankle midway through the third.
GA. TECH 38, MISSISSIPPI ST. 7: Georgia Tech ruled the red zone in its best effort under new coach Paul Johnson. Jonathan Dwyer set a school record with an 88-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and the host Yellow Jackets allowed only one score on Mississippi State's five red-zone chances. Georgia Tech was successful in three of four chances inside the Bulldogs' 20.
MARYLAND 51, E. MICHIGAN 24: Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey caught a 32-yard touchdown and ran twice for 81 yards and Morgan Green ran for two touchdowns for the host Terrapins, who ended their non-conference slate with their highest-scoring performance in four years.