NC State's Quintin Payton with a big run after catch (GIF)

North Carolina State is hosting Maryland on Saturday and got a big play early in the game. If was third and seven from their own 34 yard line and they called a very conservative drag-in route to wide receiver Quintin Payton. Clearly the Maryland defense was expecting a play down field.

The defender assigned to Payton was behind him and Payton caught the pass from Brandon Mitchell and turned up field in a hurry. Payton ended up getting tacked at the 12-yard line, but it was a huge 54-yard gain that not only kept the drive alive, but put them in a scoring position.

From that 12-yard line it took them all four downs to get into the end zone. It was fourth and one from the three-yard line when Mitchell connected with Tyler Purvis for a touchdown pass.

NC State pass[h/t] Zombie Prophet

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