Raleigh - Kevin Smith rushed for a career-high 217 yards with two touchdowns, and Central Florida held on to beat North Carolina State 25-23 on Saturday night, spoiling Tom O'Brien's debut as the Wolfpack's coach.
Smith had a school-record 80-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, and had 177 yards by halftime for the Knights (1-0), who led 25-3 at the break and claimed their first win over a BCS conference team in seven years.
N.C. State made it a two-point game on two fourth-quarter touchdown passes by Harrison Beck - a 6-yarder to Pat Bedics and a 14-yarder to Donald Bowens midway through the quarter.
The Wolfpack had the ball at their 20-yard line with 6 minutes left but were stopped on a fourth-and-6, allowing UCF to bleed the clock.
N.C. State (0-1) had one last chance after the Knights turned it over on downs with 55 seconds left, and Beck led the Wolfpack to the UCF 41 with about 10 seconds left.
But on the next play they were penalized for having 12 men on the field with 4.5 seconds left, and Joe Burnett intercepted Beck's desperation attempt at about the 20.
That sealed the Knights' second victory over a team from a BCS conference since their 1996 move to the Football Bowl Subdivision, and their first since shocking Alabama 40-38 in 2000 in a win that helped lead to Mike DuBose's exit in Tuscaloosa.