The Eagles lose a close game to the Wolfpack as the Pack rebound from two tough losses against high-ranked teams with a 17-14 victory over Boston College.
Jaylen Samuels added an 8-yard scoring run for the Wolfpack (7-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). They had lost to third-ranked Notre Dame and No. 4 Clemson, respectively, the previous two weeks.
With wins in their last two ACC games, they have a chance to reach a program first.
''It's always nice to get a winning taste back,'' North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren said. ''Our goal at the end of the week was to try to get to seven wins in the ACC, which has never been done. It's a great goal, a lofty goal.''
Quarterback Ryan Finley completed 13 of 32 passes for 146 yards for NC State.
''It was hard coming up here in this cold weather,'' Samuels said of a game-time temperature of 27 degrees. ''We knew it was going to be tough to play these guys, they're tough, physical.''
Hines injured his ankle early in the Notre Dame game and was limited in the loss to Clemson.
''Not only did we have him, but we had him back healthy,'' said Doeren, who called him a ''difference maker.''
AJ Dillon carried 36 times for 196 yards, going over 1,000 yards to set a school-freshman record for rushing yards for the Eagles (5-5, 3-4), who had their three-game winning streak stopped.
Thadd Smith had a 12-yard TD run for the Eagles, who lost starting quarterback Anthony Brown with a right leg injury early in the second quarter after he crumpled to the ground in pain when he was untouched on a cut. His right knee appeared to buckle.
''It didn't look good,'' BC coach Steve Addazio said. ''What does that mean? Obviously he's going to have some testing done to try to figure out exactly what he did.''
BC led 14-10 after Smith's run, but Hines went down the right sideline for the game-winning score.
The Eagles had a chance to tie it with just under five minutes to play, but a bad snap spoiled their chance for a 39-yard field goal attempt. Holder Jeff Smith rolled out and fired an incomplete pass near the goal line.
BC had linebacker Kyle Bletzer recovered a lateral from Samuels at the Wolfpack 23 before Smith scored on a jet-sweep four plays later.
Kyle Bambard's 41-yard field goal with three seconds left in the opening half gave NC State a 10-7 edge after Tyrone Riley blocked a punt.
BC had moved ahead on Dillon's 66-yard score, but the Wolfpack marched 87 yards in 11 plays on the ensuing drive to tie it on Samuels' run.