NC State-Syracuse: Live updates, score, stats, analysis for Week 5 game (9/30/2017)

The NC State Wolfpack (3-1) look to move to 2-0 in ACC play when they host the Syracuse Orange on Saturday afternoon at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C.

NC State delivered a signature win for fifth-year coach Dave Doeren with a 27-21 win last Saturday against then-#12 Florida State. Syracuse is coming off a 35-26 loss at #25 #LSU.

Keep it here for live updates, scores, and more throughout the afternoon.

NC State-Syracuse live updates, score

NC State-Syracuse details

Date: Saturday, Sept. 30

Time: 12:20 p.m. ET kickoff

Location: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, N.C.

Weather: partly cloudy, high of 76 degrees

The line: NC State by – 12.5

Which TV channel is NC State-Syracuse on?

The NC State-Syracuse game will be shown on the ACC Network. Check local listings for the channel in your area.

How can I watch NC State-Syracuse online?

The NC State-Syracuse contest can be seen online on WatchESPN.

How can I listen to NC State-Syracuse on the radio?

The NC State-Syracuse game will be available on N.C. State IMG Sports Network, WRAL 101.5 FM.

NC State-Syracuse preview, keys to the game

Things seem to be looking up right now for the Wolfpack. Although they faced and defeated a Deondre Francois-less Florida State squad, it can still be marked down as a long-awaited signature win for Dave Doeren in his fifth season at the helm. The Wolfpack enjoyed turnover-free ball from Ryan Finley and strong performances from both Nyheim Hines (24 carries, 94 yards) and Jakobi Meyers (five catches, 112 yards, one touchdown), while sacking James Blackman four times in the freshman’s first career start. NC State only has a single blemish on its record – a loss to South Carolina to open the season – but has won its last three.

Meanwhile, for Syracuse, they can probably feel good about how closely they played LSU on the road on Saturday, as it certainly will be seen as a sign of progress for a program still looking to get back to the national prominence it enjoyed decades ago. The Orange nearly matched the Tigers in overall yardage (414-384), lost the time of possession battle by just 16 seconds (30:08 to 29:52), and enjoyed a strong performance from Eric Dungey. However, they struggled to run the ball against a talented defensive front and were unable to respond to a LSU team out to prevent a letdown in front of their home fans.

NC State faces a critical juncture of games starting with Saturday against Syracuse. A win will put them at 2-0 in the ACC Atlantic Division with Louisville, already with a loss to Clemson on its ledger, coming to town on Thursday. Getting a win against both the Orange and the Cardinals would put the Wolfpack at 3-0 and help them keep pace with the Tigers atop the divisional standings. First, though, they’ll need to knock off the Orange, who could play spoiler to the Wolfpack’s chances early on.

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