NC State defeated Virginia Tech 22-21 on Thursday night in Raleigh.

It was a comeback win for the Wolfpack, who trailed 21-3 at one point in the second half before mounting a massive comeback.

The effort was led by true freshman quarterback MJ Morris, who completely transformed NC State’s offense in the second half. He finished the game 20-of-29 for 263 yards and 3 touchdowns in the win.

The offensive outburst was necessary for NC State to have any chance in this game — let alone complete the comeback victory. Jack Chambers was ineffective as the starter, completing just 6-of-13 passes for 31 yards.

Here are a few highlights from Morris’ performance:

It’s not often that a quarterback provides a revelatory performance like this midway through a season, but that’s exactly what happened on Saturday night in Raleigh.

Morris’ play is significant for reasons beyond this game. He gives NC State hope of finishing this season on a high note despite Devin Leary’s season-ending injury.

NC State is now 6-2 on the season and officially bowl-eligible for the third consecutive season under Dave Doeren. The Wolfpack also now have a reasonable path to 10 wins — with a bowl game victory — with Morris under center. It would require NC State winning three of its final four regular season games, but it’s possible. The Wolfpack have not won 10+ games in a season since 2002.

NC State faces Wake Forest in Week 10.