NC State 23, No. 17 Texas 20
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ There is life in North Carolina State after Torry Holt. It’s just on the other side of the ball.
North Carolina State continued its tear of early-season upsets Saturday night, using three blocked punts and a stingy second-half defense to pull out a 23-20 victory over No. 17 Texas in the Black Coaches Association Classic.
Terrence Holt, younger brother of the departed All-American wide receiver, blocked one punt and scored a touchdown on another for North Carolina State.
With the Wolfpack trailing 20-15 with 3:32 left in the game, Holt sprinted in from the right side to get a piece of Ryan Long’s punt. Eric Leak, who blocked a punt in the first half that led to a safety, picked up the loose ball and ran 48 yards for the go-ahead touchdown.
With NC State leading 21-20, quarterback Jamie Barnette found Chris Coleman in the corner of the end zone for the 2-point conversion.
Texas drove to midfield looking for a possible tying field goal, but came up short when Applewhite was stuffed on fourth-and-inches.
Texas played its first game in four years without Division I-A career rushing leader Ricky Williams. Applewhite passed for 316 yards and one touchdown and ran for one.
NC State pulled off its third early-season upset in as many years after victories over Syracuse 1997 and Florida State in 1998. It also was NC State coach Mike O’Cain’s first victory over Texas coach Mack Brown. O’Cain was 0-5 against Brown’s North Carolina teams.