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NC State defeats UCF 34-27 in Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl

(St. Petersburg, FL) Junior quarterback Jacoby Brissett and the NC State Wolfpack made certain that the ACC’s first appearance in the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl was a victorious one.

Named NC State’s game MVP, Brissett completed 15-of-26 passes for 262 yards and a touchdown and Matt Dayes added a pair of rushing scores to lead the Wolfpack (8-5) to a 34-27 win over American Athletic Conference co-champion UCF (9-4) Friday night at Tropicana Field in the seventh annual St. Petersburg event in front of an announced crowd of 26,675.

NC State controlled much of the game and extended its lead to 34-13 on Niklas Sade’s second field goal of the night with 12:37 left in the fourth quarter. UCF, though, kept things interesting with the second and third scoring receptions by the Knights’ game MVP Josh Reese to cut the margin to 34-27 with 1:44 remaining.

The Wolfpack then pounced on an onside kick and ran out the clock to secure the win.

Second-year Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren was very impressed with the effort of his team, considered by many to be one of the youngest in the nation.

“I want to say thank you to the players,” Doeren said. “They played their butts off. The rest of our coaches did a great job and the players made it all possible. I’m really proud of all our players.”

Doeren praised the growth and play of his quarterback Brissett.

“He takes things so personal,” Doeren added. “He is such a competitor. He gives all the credit to his teammates. He learned a lot throughout this season, and we love him.”

Brissett’s comments after the game were an example of what Doeren alluded to.

“I was just grateful for the chance they gave me to become the starting quarterback of this team,” Brissett said after receiving his MVP trophy. “It was truly a dream come true.

“From last season to this season, we went in with the mindset to attack the season,” Brissett added. “I want to give credit to our coaches and the rest of my teammates. We all play as one.”

The game was close throughout the first half as the lead changed hands three times before NC State headed to the locker room at intermission with a 17-10 lead.

UCF opened the scoring with a 40-yard field goal from Shawn Moffitt but NC State answered quickly with the game’s first touchdown on an option pass by running back Shadrach Thornton to Jaylen Samuels.

Reese notched his first scoring reception — a six-yarder from Justin Holman — early in the second quarter to put UCF back in front at 10-7. NC State then took the lead for good when Brissett connected with Johnathan Alston from 37 yards out. The Wolfpack added Sade’s first field goal at the three-minute mark to push the margin to 17-10.

Dayes, who finished with 78 yards on 13 carries, scored his two rushing touchdowns in a third period that saw NC State outscore the Knights, 14-3, and push the lead to 31-13.

Thornton narrowly missed the 100-yard rushing mark as he led all ball carriers in the game with 96 yards on 17 attempts.

Holman finished the night completing 23-of-51 passes for 291 yards and the three scoring tosses to Reese. The 291 yards were just three shy of the St. Petersburg Bowl record.

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GAME NOTES

Game MVPs:
NC State – QB Jacoby Brissett – 15/26, 262 passing yards, 1 touchdown
UCF – WR Josh Reese – 6 receptions, 75 yards, 3 touchdown receptions

The teams combined for 860 total – second-most in bowl history.
(NC St with 487 total yards and UCF with 373 total yards)
Attendance for today’s game was second-most in bowl history, listed at 26,675.

UCF’s loss ends the current 3-game winning streak that AAC held in bowl history.

UCF
• Wide Receiver Josh Reese’s 3 touchdown receptions sets the bowl record for most receiving touchdowns.
• Quarterback Justin Holman’s 291 passing yards ended as the second-most in bowl history. His 53 passing attempts finished as the most in bowl history.
• Justin Holman’s 3 touchdown passes ties the record for most touchdown passes in the history of the bowl.
• Justin Holman’s touchdown pass in the second quarter continued his streak to 10 straight games with a TD pass.
• Wide Receiver Breshad Perriman’s 138 receiving yards were the second-most in bowl history.
• Kicker Shawn Moffitt (UCF) 45-yard field goal finished the game tied for 2nd for longest field goal in bowl history.
• Punter Caleb Houston’s average of 42.8 yards per punt is a bowl record.
• UCF tied a bowl game record for fewest penalties (3) and penalty yardage (30).

NC STATE
• Quarterback Jacoby Brissett’s 262 passing yards ended as the 5th-most in bowl history.
• The touchdown pass from Shadrach Thornton was the 3rd-non QB touchdown pass in bowl history. Thornton was also the first running back to score by throwing a touchdown.
• Matt Dayes’ two touchdown runs ties a bowl record for most rushing touchdowns.
• NC State’s ground game tied a bowl game record with 49 rushing attempts.

NC State and UCF meet in 7th Annual Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl at Tropicana Field December 26

(St. Petersburg, FL) The Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl has announced that the University of Central Florida (UCF) from the American Athletic Conference and NC State from the Atlantic Coast Conference has each accepted an invitation to play in this year’s game. The seventh edition of the bowl game will be played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL., on Friday, Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. ET and air on ESPN.

“We’re excited about this matchup in the first year of our new conference agreements with The American and Atlantic Coast Conference,” said Brett Dulaney, Executive Director of the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl. “UCF fans have provided great support for their team in their past trips to our game and we look forward to showcasing St. Petersburg as a premier bowl destination to the NC State fans. “

UCF (9-3, 7-1), which won its second consecutive American Athletic Conference Championship this season, is riding a four-game winning streak and has won eight of its last nine games. This will be the Knights third appearance at the bowl game. UCF’s last trip to St. Petersburg was in 2012 when future NFL first round pick Blake Bortles led them to a 38-17 win over Ball State.

“We had a wonderful experience in St. Petersburg in 2012, so we’re certainly excited to head back to the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl,” said UCF Director of Athletics Todd Stansbury. “Our team really enjoyed the activities surrounding the bowl and all the hospitality from everyone involved with the game and we appreciate the efforts of all involved to make it a first-class bowl game.”

“After a 9-3 season we are very happy to go to the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl,” added UCF Head Coach George O’Leary. “Obviously a bowl game is a great reward for the players, the program and the fanbase. We are very anxious to get to St. Petersburg and enjoy the bowl and its festivities.”
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NC State (7-5, 3-5) will be playing in its 28th bowl game and 10th since 2000. This year’s game will be the Wolfpack’s first bowl played in the state of Florida since 2010 when they defeated West Virginia at the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando.

“St. Petersburg is a beautiful, warm weather destination to play our bowl. Congratulations to our players and coaches,” said Wolfpack Director of Athletics Deborah A. Yow.

“We are both excited and thankful for the opportunity to play in the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl,” said NC State Head Coach Dave Doeren, who has now coached bowl eligible teams 10 of the 13 years he’s been a full-time D1 coach. “We know that the NC State fan base will enjoy the opportunity to support their Wolfpack in a great city and I look forward to seeing a sea of red on game day! This is a great reward for our young team that has continued to improve over the course of the season, especially for the 12 current players from Florida who will be able to be home for the holidays.”

NC State and UCF have met twice, with each team claiming a victory on the road. UCF won the initial matchup at NC State 25-22 in 2007. The Wolfpack evened the all-time series with a 28-21 win at UCF in 2010.

The Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl is owned-and-operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, which manages 11 postseason bowl games.

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