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No. 16 NCSU eyes home win streak record vs. BC

In their final home game of the season, No. 16 North Carolina State will look for their third straight victory when they meet Boston College Saturday afternoon in Raleigh, NC

The Wolfpack (7-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won three of their last four. More recent, State of North Carolina overtook the rival then-No. 21 Wake Forest 30-21, a result that catapulted the Wolfpack six spots in the latest college football playoff standings.

It was the first career start for rookie quarterback MJ Morris, who completed 18 of 28 passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns. Morris also rushed 19 times for 43 yards.

He became the first freshman quarterback to start for the Wolfpack since Philip Rivers in 2000. Morris is also the first NC State quarterback to throw for three touchdowns in his first start since Jacoby Brissett in 2014.

That Morris is in the company of some former NC State quarterbacks who enjoyed long NFL careers is a good sign of things to come. Still, Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren wants to be patient with the 19-year-old playmaker.

“It’s still a small sample. It’s a game and a half,” Doeren said Monday. “We’re excited about what he’s doing, but at the same time, I think setting him up (for success) is important. What does he do best? Where is he most confident? It’s no different than when you have a three-year deal.” headline, you still want to do what the guy feels most confident about.

Morris became the starter due to a season-ending injury to Devin Leary and a less-than-stellar performance by backup Jack Chambers against Virginia Tech on October 27.

For NC State, the victory over the Demon Deacons extended their winning streak at Carter-Finley Stadium to 16 straight games, tying a program record set between 1972 and 1975 under coach Lou Holtz. A win against Boston College (2-7, 1-5) would give this Wolfpack team the school record and put the Wolfpack in position for better bowling.

“The culture that we have now, obviously as a head coach, you run it, but these (seniors) are the ones that water it every day,” Doeren said. “They’re the ones who help it grow and hold each other accountable. All of these guys … are part of the success that we’re having in a big way.”

Boston College also likely starts a young quarterback on Saturday. Veteran Phil Jurkovec missed last week’s game against Duke with a knee injury and didn’t practice Tuesday, a sign redshirt rookie Emmett Morehead could be in line for his second straight start.

Morehead impressed last week at home, completing 27 of 45 passes for 330 yards and four touchdowns. However, it wasn’t enough to beat the Blue Devils, as the Eagles fell 38-31, their fourth straight loss.

“The thing that impressed me the most about Emmett is that he throws the ball really well and his leadership,” Eagles coach Jeff Hafley said Tuesday. “He has a really good understanding of the group and the way he gets them in and out. He takes it seriously and it’s impressive and we’ll see what happens.”

Last week was only the third time this season that Boston College has scored more than 21 points this season.

The Eagles’ primary offensive weapon this season has been wide receiver Zay Flowers, who leads the ACC in receiving yards with 791. He has a co-ACC-leading eight touchdowns among his 60 receptions.

NC State is 8-10 all-time against Boston College but has won three of the last four meetings. The Eagles haven’t won in Raleigh since 2016.

–Field level media

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