RALEIGH, N.C. (GoPack.com)- NC State outscored visiting Wake Forest 17-0 in the opening quarter, and started ACC play with a 33-16 win Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium in front of a sellout crowd of 58,200.
The Wolfpack (3-1, 1-0 ACC) used a dominating first quarter to jump out to a 17-0 lead. In the opening 15 minutes of play, the Pack outgained Wake Forest 214-59, including 177-62 through the air. The Pack got TDs by Matthew Dayes (6-yd rush) and Jaylen Samuels (13-yd reception) to go along with a 20-yard Kyle Bambard field goal.
The Pack added another TD in the third to take a 23-9 lead into the break, and also outscored the Demon Deacons (4-1, 1-1 ACC) 10-7 in the second half.
WOLFPACK SPOTLIGHT DRIVE - 1st Half
8 plays, 75 yards in 3:28 - Matthew Dayes 6-yard TD run
NC State took the game's opening kick 75 yards in eight plays to jump out to a quick 7-0 lead just under four minutes into the game. QB Ryan Finley completed 3-of-4 passes for 63 yards, including a 39-yard pass to WR Stephen Louis. RB Matthew Dayes finished off the drive with a 6-yard score, his third of the season.
After the Pack defense forced Wake into a 3 & out, NC State then kicked a 20-yard field goal to take a 10-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
After Wake Forest cut the Wolfpack lead to 26-16 in the fourth quarter, the Pack responded with a 9 play, 66 yard drive to take a 33-16 lead with six minutes left. Matthew Dayes had back-to-back rushes of 14 and 29 yards, and freshman WR Kelvin Harmon caught his second TD of the day, seven yards from Ryan Finley.