Wolfpack Offense Shines in 63-13 win at South Alabama

 

 

 

MOBILE, ALA. (gopack.com)- NC State set a new school record with seven rushing touchdowns, as the Wolfpack wrapped up a 4-0 non-conference slate with a 63-13 win at South Alabama. The margin of victory for the Wolfpack was the most since NC State downed Murray State 65-7 in 2009.

The Pack's rushing attack accounted for 330 yards, with Shadrach Thornton (111 yards) and Matthew Dayes(104) both going over the century mark. As an offense, the Pack had 586 yards, the ninth-most in school history and the most since at Clemson in 2012.

WOLFPACK SPOTLIGHT DRIVE
3 plays, 86-yard TD drive on first offensive possession.

South Alabama took the game's opening possession for a score, resulting in the Pack facing a defecit for the first time this season. NC State responded, going 86 yards in just three plays to tie the game - the drive capped by Matthew Dayes' 77-yard TD run.

TOP WOLFPACK PERFORMANCES
• NC State's first quarter offense
The Pack ran 13 plays in the first quarter - resulting in 241 total yards and 28 points in the first 15 minutes.

• NC State rushing offense
41 carries, 330 yards (8.0 avg), 7 touchdowns (a new school record)

• RB Shadrach Thornton
12 carries, 111 yards, 2 TDs

• RB Matthew Dayes
8 carries, 104 yards 3 TDs - 6 catches, 46 yards

• QB Jacoby Brissett
18-of-23, 218 yards, 2 TDs

• FB/TE Jaylen Samuels
5 catches, 84 yards, 2 TDs

NOTABLES
• NC State has now won seven consecutive games dating back to last season - the final three last year and the first four this season. The last time NC State won that many consecutive games was when the Pack won the first nine games to start the 2002 season.

• NC State has also won five straight away from Raleigh dating back to last season, the longest winning streak away from Raleigh since also winning four straight during the 1973 and 1974 seasons. In fact, NC State has won five straight away from Raleigh only three times in history now (1962-63).

• NC State won two non-conference road contests in the same season for the first time since 2002 - Navy and Texas Tech.

• For the second straight season, NC State both started 4-0 and won all of its non-conference games.

• For the third straight game, NC State had a different player line up at left guard. Alex Barr started the first due games at LG, but has missed the last two weeks with injury. Last week's starter, Bryce Kennedyis out this week. Redshirt-freshman Tyler Jones made his first career start today.

• NC State's 63 points scored were the most in a game since 2009 (Murray State - 65) and the most in a road contest since 2002 (Navy - 65).

• The Pack's 28 first quarter points were the most for an NC State squad since scoring 35 against Eastern Kentucky in 2005. NC State's 42 first half points were the most in a road contest since scoring 49 against Duke in 2001.

• On each of the Pack's first five possessions, the Wolfpack scored a TD.

• Matthew Dayes' 77-yard TD run in the first quarter was NC State's ninth-longest run in school history and the longest rush since a Ray Robinson 87-yard run in 2001.

• For the fourth straight game, Dayes went over 100 yards rushing. He is the first NC State running back since Joe McIntosh in 1981 to have four straight 100-yard rushing games.

• QB Jacoby Brissett extends his streak without an interception to 189 passes over the last 30 quarters. During his streak he has thrown 11 touchdowns.

UP NEXT
The Pack return to Carter-Finley Stadium next weekend and open ACC play with Louisville at 12:30. The game will be televised by the ACC Network.