North Carolina State entered Friday's matchup with rival North Carolina in need of a win to become bowl eligible. The opportunity to knock UNC out of the race for the ACC Coastal championship only sweetened the pot. 

And what better way to start a rivalry game with high stakes than with a trick play?

Wolfpack tight end Jaylen Samuels caught a pass behind the line of scrimmage, then threw a beautiful deep ball to Stephen Louis for a 59-yard score to take a 7-0 lead on the Tar Heels. 

NC State may have entered the game as a two-score underdog, but early in the second quarter, the Wolfpack had opened up a 21-0 lead in Chapel Hill, and the momentum gained by the first-quarter trick play seemed to only be growing.

Daniel Wilco has worked at the AJC, Sports Illustrated, and SEC Country. His writing has also appeared on SI.com, Men’s Health, and The Cauldron.

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