This is one for the books -- literally.
In what had to have been one of the biggest comebacks in ACC history, NC State scored six unanswered touchdowns -- including five in the fourth quarter -- to overcome a 27-point deficit and become bowl eligible with a 56-41 win over Maryland.
NC State was trailing 41-14 in the third quarter.
Not only was it an epic comeback for the Wolfpack, it was a miserable, monumental meltdown for Maryland. This season couldn't have ended much worse for first-year coach Randy Edsall, who inherited a nine-win team and the ACC's Rookie of the Year in quarterback Danny O'Brien. Eight straight losses and a 2-10 record are the result of more than just a scheme change. There are problems blistering within, and it should come as a relief to many within the program that this season is over.
NC State, on the other hand, avoided complete and utter embarrassment. One week after beating then No.-7 ranked Clemson, a letdown seemed possible for the inconsistent Wolfpack, and in the third quarter, it seemed a guarantee. Five turnovers, though, doomed Maryland, and NC State quarterback Mike Glennon finished with five touchdown passes and one interception.
Officials of the Belk Bowl can now exhale, as their first-choice team is now available. NC State isn't playing for the ACC title, but odds are it's still heading to Charlotte.