NC State Defeats Syracuse




RALEIGH, N.C. ( A balanced offensive attack - 276 yards rushing and three rushing scores and 235 yards passing with two TDs - helped the Wolfpack defeat visiting Syracuse 42-29 at Carter-Finley Stadium Saturday afternoon.

11 plays, 75-yard TD drive on opening possesion

NC State took the opening kick 75 yards in 11 plays covering 5:56, as QB Jacoby Brissett converted a 3rd & Goal when he found Jaylen Samuels for a 7-yard score. On the drive, Brissett was a perfect 5of-5 for 46 yards and Dakwa Nichols had four carries for 26 yards. The TD was Samuels' team-leading seventh TD catch of the season - second-highest mark in the ACC.

9 plays, 73-yard TD drive on first offensive possesion of second half

After Syracuse started the second half with a 75-yard run on the first play, NC State answered with a 9-play, 73 yard drive on its first possesion of the second half. QB Jacoby Brissett found Jumichael Ramosin the corner of the end zone for a five-yard score, and put the Pack up 28-16 early in the third quarter. Ramos had 39 receiving yards on the drive, while TE David J. Grinnage had 31 on two catches.

• NC State 2nd quarter defense
Allowed just 39 yards of total offense, including (-7) rushing yards.
• QB Jacoby Brissett
21-of-33 for 235 yards, 2 TDs
• WR Jumichael Ramos
8 catches, 83 yards, 1 TD
• WR Nyheim Hines
5 catches, 69 yards
6 rushes, 70 yards, 1 TD
• RB Reggie Gallaspy II
13 rushes, 81 yards, 1 TD
• RB Dakwa Nichols
12 rushes, 78 yards, 1 TD
• LB Riley Nicholson
8 tackles, 1 tackle for loss
• DE Darian Roseboro
20-yard Interception return for a TD

• The Pack's 42 points ties as the most in an ACC contest under Dave Doeren - 42 vs. Wake Forest (2014).

• The Pack's 511 yards of total offense is the second-highest in an ACC contest under Doeren - 511 vs. Florida State (2014). The Pack's 35:15 time of possession is also the second-highest in an ACC game under Doeren - 38:49 vs. North Carolina (2014).

• For the second straight year, a Pack DE dropped into coverage, and picked off a pass returning it for a pick-six. Last year, Pharoah McKever's 82-yard INT return turned out to be the difference in the Pack's 24-17 win. Today in the third quarter, freshman Darian Roseboro picked off an Orange pass and rumbled 20 yards for the TD which put the Pack up 35-16.

• NC State scored on its opening possession for the eight time in its 11 games this seaosn. NC State also opened with back-to-back TDs on its first two possessions, the fifth game this year they did so.

• NC State has now outscored its opponents 124-47 in the first quarter (14-3 today) and 222-128 in the first half (21-9 today) of games this season.

The Wolfpack will close out the regular season next Satuday, playing host to UNC-Chapel Hill. The game time will be either noon or 3:30 p.m., with an announcemnt expected tomorrow.