Tom O'Brien did it again.
For the fourth straight year, NC State beat UNC. And this time, the Wolfpack did it with the ACC standings on the line. It was a great, exciting rivalry game -- one of the best games of the season. UNC quarterback T.J. Yates threw for 411 yards and two touchdowns, and Anthony Elzy caught nine passes for 178 yards and a touchdown, but it still wasn't enough. UNC couldn't convert the game-tying two-point conversion, and the Pack's linebackers got the final word by sacking Yates for a safety.
O'Brien was right -- the road to Charlotte does literally go through Chapel Hill, and he just passed that huge obstacle.
If Maryland wins its next two games, the Terps win the Atlantic Division.
If NC State beats Maryland next week, it wins the Atlantic Division.
FSU needs to beat Maryland tonight and have NC State lose next weekend.
In addition to keeping its hopes alive, NC State delivered a hit to Florida State's chances. The pressure is on both teams now in College Park, Md.