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Friday’s Top 25: D’Eriq King leads No. 11 Miami to comeback win over NC State

Bob Sutton
Associated Press

Raleigh, N.C. — When No. 11 Miami needed to make plays, D’Eriq King said he had faith in his teammates.

In turn, the Hurricanes figured they had the right guy at quarterback

King threw five touchdown passes, the last a go-ahead 54-yard catch-and-run play with Michael Harley with 2:43 left, and Miami rallied to beat North Carolina State 44-41 on Friday night.

Miami's Mark Pope, left and Jaylan Knighton, right, celebrate with Mike Harley, rear, after Harley scored on 54-yard touchdown Friday during the second half of Miami's 44-41 victory over North Carolina State.

“I had no doubt we could go down there (and score),” King said. “I just trust those guys. Everybody out there. … It’s just about winning games. That’s all I care about.”

The Houston transer was 31 for 41 for 430 yards and ran for a game-high 105 yards on 15 carries.

“He came ready to play,” Miami tight end Will Mallory said. “He came ready to lead us and that’s exactly what he did. Everybody had that confidence in his ability.”

Miami (6-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored the final 13 points to win its third game in a row and match last season’s victory total under second-year coach Manny Diaz.

“The guys believed in each other and they did what they needed to do to get it done,” Diaz said. “We’ve got a connected football team. We’ve got guys who fight for each other. … We never expected this game to be easy.”

King ended up with season-high totals through the air and on the ground.

“He’s that guy, a great leader,” Harley said. “He’s that guy Miami needed.”

Harley also had a 20-yard TD catch in the second quarter. He finished with 153 yards on eight receptions.

Zonovan Knight had a 100-yard kickoff return to put NC State (4-3, 4-3) on top in the third quarter. Bailey Hockman was 19 for 28 for 248 yards and two touchdowns for the Wolfpack. He had a pass intercepted by DJ Ivey after Miami’s final touchdown.

“They made a big play they needed to and we didn’t,” NC State coach Dave Doeren said. “Just couldn’t put them away. They made one more play than we did at the end.”

Knight also had a 1-yard TD run in the third quarter for his first touchdown.

NC State padded its lead to 41-31 on Christopher Dunn’s 53-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Josh Borregales kicked three field goals, connecting from 38 and 22 yards in the fourth quarter. The latter came with 6:12 remaining after the Hurricanes were within a half-yard of the end zone before a fourth-down penalty.

King said Diaz made the right decision.

“It made sense to kick the field goal,” he said. “It shows what kind of coach he is. He trusted the defense.”

Earlier, Hockman handed off to receiver Thayer Thomas and then received the ball back and ran behind a convoy of blockers for what was ruled a 31-yard touchdown pass play on the game’s opening possession. It was the first touchdown reception for a Wolfpack quarterback since Philip Rivers in 2000.

The Hurricanes, coming off a 19-14 home victory over Virginia, had a 21-14 lead less than 161/2 minutes into the game. NC State led at halftime on the strength of Hockman’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Cary Angeline with 2:49 left.

Miami was missing 11 players, including starting left tackle John Campbell Jr. and starting tight end Brevin Jordan.

“The way we practiced for this game was as unusual as any game I’ve been a part of,” Diaz said. “It hasn’t been easy.”

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No. 9 BYU 51 (at) No. 21 Boise State 17: Zach Wilson threw for 359 yards and two touchdowns and Tyler Allgeier rushed for 123 yards and a pair of scores as No. 9 BYU routed No. 21 Boise State.

BYU (8-0), which beat Boise State on the road for the first time in six tries, is off to its best start since 2001 when the Cougars started 12-0.

Boise State (2-1) suffered its worst loss since a 64-19 rout by rival Idaho in 1996, the Broncos first year as an FBS program. Boise State lost the 1997 season opener to Cal State Northridge by 40 at home but that game was later forfeited to the Broncos.

Wilson, who originally committed to Boise State before signing with BYU, completed 21-of-27 passes and threw TDs of 5 and 20 yards. He also found the end zone on a 4-yard run.

The game appeared like it might turn into a shootout early with both teams trading scores in the first quarter. But BYU took control after Boise State quarterback Jack Sears left with what appeared to be a concussion in the first quarter and never returned. The Broncos’ offense never returned either as BYU took control in the third quarter.