Jerricho Cotchery

No. 20 NC State pulls away from Pitt in 35-17 win

On the road with a chance to take control of the ACC's Atlantic Division, No. 20 North Carolina State spent a half nearly squandering the opportunity, familiar territory for a program that has spent more than a decade fighting a losing battle with sustained success.

Then the third quarter started, the Wolfpack dominated and a promising season took another impressive step forward.

Nyheim Hines ran for an 83-yard touchdown and returned a punt 92 yards for another score on his way to 249 total yards and Jaylen Samuels added a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown runs as the Wolfpack pulled away from Pittsburgh for a 35-17 win on Saturday.

N.C. State (6-1, 4-0) finds itself...