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November 3, 2007

Hauschka delivers NC State victory

MIAMI - Steven Hauschka's fourth field goal, a 42-yarder in overtime, lifted surging North Carolina State to a 19-16 win over Miami on Saturday.

Hauschka made three field goals in the final quarter as the Wolfpack (4-5, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) overcame a 13-7 deficit to win their third straight game -- and give coach Tom O'Brien his first-ever win at the Orange Bowl.

Daniel Evans was 19-for-40 passing for 207 yards for NC State, which also got a 27-carry, 89-yard effort from Jamelle Eugene.

Miami kicker Daren Daly missed two field goals, including a 27-yarder on the first possession of overtime.

The Hurricanes (5-4, 2-3) lost despite running 60 times for 314 yards against the ACC's worst run defense. But the Hurricanes simply couldn't pass the ball at all -- Kirby Freeman, playing for the injured Kyle Wright, was 1-for-14 for 84 yards and three interceptions.

Freeman's lone completion was a touchdown pass to Darnell Jenkins that put Miami up 10-0, but the Hurricanes sputtered the rest of the way.

Down 16-13 after Hauschka's 47-yarder with 6:55 left, the Hurricanes ran on the first 15 plays of their final drive of regulation, getting to the NC State 10 with 33 seconds left.

Out of timeouts, Miami called two passing plays, but Freeman's attempts toward Sam Shields were both broken up in the end zone.

So Daly kicked a 27-yard field goal with 19 seconds left, sending the game to overtime.

Miami got the ball first, and all six plays were rushes -- including on third-and-10 from the 12. Daly then missed a 27-yarder wide left, and moments later, the Wolfpack were celebrating.


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