Devin Leary was penciled in last spring as N.C. State’s starting quarterback, but he missed 20 days of practice during COVID quarantine protocols and Pack coach Dave Doeren decided to go with Bailey Hockman, who got a lot more spring snaps.
Hockman led N.C. State to a 45-42 win over Wake Forest to start the season but struggled last week against Virginia Tech, when he threw two interceptions. Leary came in and completed 12-of-16 passes for 165 yards and a score in 32 plays against the Hokies.
Saturday, in Pittsburgh, Leary continued to play well in the first half against the No. 24-ranked team in the country.
Leary completed 13-of-21 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns. His play helped N.C. State get a 17-13 lead at halftime. N.C. State trailed 7-0 early and scored 17 straight points to gain the lead after two quarters.