NC State Displays Offensive Firepower in Season Opening 48-14 Win



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  • RALEIGH, N.C. ( - With a new offensive coordinator and a new starting quarterback, a balanced Wolfpack offensive display kicked off NC State's 2016 season with a 48-14 win over William & Mary. The Pack finished the contest with 262 yards passing and 259 yards rushing, and jumped out to a 28-7 lead at the half thanks to three second quarter touchdowns.

    It wasn't just the offense that impressed Wolfpack fans, after giving up a first quarter TD drive, the Pack's defense was stout the rest of the game. On the day, William & Mary gained just 168 total yards for the game - 62 rushing and 106 passing, and just 10 first downs.

    Opening Drive - 8 plays, 70 yards in 3:24
    Receiving the opening kick, NC State went right down the field, covering 70 yards in eight plays for the game's first touchdown. RB Matthew Dayes capped off the drive with a 5-yard rushing score, and accounted for 39 totals on the drive (21 rush, 18 receiving). On the drive, starting QB Ryan Finley was 3-of-3 for 40 yards.

    RB Matthew Dayes
    23 rushes for 138 yards and 2 TDs
    2 catches for 18 yards

    TE/FB Jaylen Samuels
    5 catches for 66 yards and 1 TD
    5 rushes for 24 yards and 2 TDs

    QB Ryan Finley
    17-of-21 for 174 yards, 2 TDs, 182.0 QB rating

    LB Jerod Fernandez
    7 tackles, 6 solo and 1 INT