Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns and ran for a score Saturday to help North Carolina State beat Miami 38-28 and become eligible for a bowl game.
Wilson threw for 220 yards and ran for 58 more for the Wolfpack (6-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who pushed ahead for good late in the third quarter on Wilson's 32-yard pass to Owen Spencer. Andre Brown also scored twice and ran for 93 of the Wolfpack's 219 rushing yards against a Miami defense ranked 20th nationally.
N.C. State entered the final month of the season at 2-6 before beating in-state rivals Duke, Wake Forest and North Carolina to keep its bowl hopes alive. Yet, unlike last season, the Wolfpack made good on their last chance to become eligible for the postseason.
Last season, the Wolfpack bounced back from a 1-5 start with four consecutive wins, but ended the season with a 20-point loss at Wake Forest followed by a 37-0 home loss to Maryland to waste that effort. It was a memory that stayed with the team through recent weeks, particularly as they prepared for this game.
Javarris James ran for two touchdowns for the Hurricanes (7-5, 4-4), who led 21-20 midway through the third before the Wolfpack went ahead to stay. The Hurricanes were coming off a 41-23 loss at Georgia Tech on Nov. 20, a game in which they had a chance to reach the ACC title game by winning out.
UAB 15, UCF 0
ORLANDO - Swayze Waters kicked five field goals and Alabama-Birmingham recorded its first shutout in a Conference USA game in school history with a victory over Central Florida.
The Blazers (4-8, 3-5) limited UCF (4-8, 3-5) to 209 total yards in recording the first shutout in a conference game in their 10 seasons in Conference USA.
FLORIDA ATLANTIC 57,
FLA. INTERNATIONAL 50, OT
MIAMI - Rusty Smith threw five touchdown passes, including the winner in overtime, to lead Florida Atlantic to the victory over Florida International.
After the teams scored a combined 56 points in the fourth quarter, Florida International (4-7, 3-4 Sun Belt) won the coin toss in overtime but elected to play defense first. Florida Atlantic (6-6, 4-3) scored on Smith's 9-yard pass from Smith to Cortez Gent on its first possession.
The Golden Panthers followed that by throwing three incomplete passes during their possession, and a sack of Paul McCall by the Owls' Daniel Joseph on fourth down sealed the win for Florida Atlantic.
Smith finished 25-of-50 for 389 yards with one interception.