NC State Defense Dominates at North Carolina in 35-7 Win

PHOTO: North Carolina State Wolfpack running back Shadrach Thornton (10) runs the ball during the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Memorial Stadium
Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA Today.

Pack rushes for 388 yards, tying as the fourth-highest total in school history

RALEIGH, N.C. ( - NC State pounded rival North Carolina with its ground game and suffocated the Tar Heels offense, as the Wolfpack defeated the Tar Heels 35-7 Saturday at Kenan Stadium. NC State rushed for 388 yards, the fourth-highest total in school history, and the Pack's defense recorded 10 tackles for loss and four sacks in only giving up a late fourth quarter score.

UNC came into the contest ranked second in the ACC in both points per game (36.7) and total offense per game (445.2). The Pack only allowed a late fourth quarter TD, and the UNC offense totaled just 207 yards - 86 on the last drive.

9 plays, 79-yard TD drive on first offensive possession.

For the eighth time in the 12 games this season, the Pack took its opening possession down the field and put points on the scoreboard. Taking the opening kickoff 79 yards in 9 plays, the Pack scored the game's opening TD, a 17-yard Jacoby Brissett run. On the drive, Brissett ran three times for 45 yards and was 2-of-2 passing for 22 yards, accounting for 67 of the 79 yards.

12 plays, 80-yard TD drive to start third quarter.

The Pack's first possession of the second half ended just like its first of the game, a Pack TD. NC State went 80 yards in 12 plays and chewed up 7:12 increasing the Pack's lead to 28-0 with a Brissett to Tyler Purvis 3-yard TD pass.