There’s an old adage in sports: Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good. There’s truth in that, for sure.
Put them together, and the confluence of the two often produces surprising results.
Just ask N.C. State, which was both Saturday in knocking off No. 9 Clemson 27-21 in double overtime and handing the Tigers their second loss in four weeks. The result also blew the race for the ACC title wide open.
N.C. State made a defensive stop on fourth-and-5 in the second OT to seal the game and drop Clemson to 2-2 (1-1 ACC) on the season.
While the Tigers’ struggles are an anomaly in the context of recent seasons under coach Dabo Swinney, they’ve been common in the 2021 season, something Swinney readily admitted after Saturday’s loss.