Kennedy's third TD caps crazy ending in Akron upset

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Dennis Kennedy's third 1-yard touchdown run

-- on the last play of the game -- capped a frantic fourth quarter

and lifted Akron to a 20-17 victory over North Carolina State on


The Zips (1-1) took advantage of an unsportsmanlike conduct call

on the Wolfpack after Marcus Stone's 11-yard scoring pass to

Jamelle Eugene with 1:07 remaining. The 15-yard penalty moved the

kickoff back and allowed Akron to return the ball to its own 33.

Luke Getsy completed two passes totaling 42 yards to Jabari

Arthur, down to the Wolfpack 25. Following an incompletion, Getsy

scrambled 14 yards to the N.C. State 11, then added a 10-yard dash

to the 1 with 3.5 seconds remaining.

On the next play, Kennedy nudged the ball across the goal line

just before his knee hit the ground. The Wolfpack (1-1) were out of

time outs and unable to challenge the call.

Stone's 20-yard scoring pass to Darrell Blackman with 10:46 left

gave the Wolfpack their first lead at 10-7 with 10:46 left.

Kennedy scored on a 1-yard run with 5:18 left to play to cap a

96-yard drive that came after the Akron defense stopped Stone on a

fourth-and-1 at the Zips 4. That gave Akron a 14-10 lead, but the

Wolfpack had one more rally left, scoring on Stone's pass to


Akron took a 7-0 lead in the second quarter following an N.C.

State fumble. Kennedy threw a 24-yard option pass to Getsy, then

ran it in for the score with 10:33 left before the half.

N.C. State's John Deraney kicked a 42-yard field goal in the

third quarter for its first score.